According to media reports, the Federal Government has declared May 29, 2017 as a public holiday to allow Nigerians celebrate this year’s Democracy Day. The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Friday in Abuja.
Dambazau congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and pledged government’s continued dedication to entrenching democracy in the country.
He also urged all Nigerians to trust and support the government in its commitment to building an indivisible, peaceful and greater nation based on the tenets of democracy. The Minister wished all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration.
Democracy Day is a public holiday in Nigeria. It is held annually on May 29. This public holiday commemorates the restoration of democracy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when the newly elected Olusegun Obasanjo took office as the President of Nigeria in May 1999 ending multiple decades of military rule that began in 1966 and had been interrupted only by a brief period of democracy from 1979 to 1983.
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