President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Public Holiday Amendment Act, declaring June 12 of every year a public holiday and Democracy Day.
Presidential aide on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, stated this while briefing State House correspondents on Monday.
He said with the assent to the amendment, May 29 has been removed as a public holiday. “By the act amended and signed by Mr. President, May 29 is no more a public holiday. June 12 is now a public holiday and the country’s Democracy Day,” he said.
June 12 became part of Nigeria’s democratic history in 1993 when a presidential election was won by Chief Moshood Abiola, the 14th Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
The election was however annulled shortly after. Abiola himself died in 1998 after a long battle to actualize the June 12, 1993 mandate.
The loss of many lives in the push for a democratically elected government did not deter activists who kept the pressure at a high level. It went on until the General Abdulsalami Abubakar administration conducted the election that produced Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as President.