No holiday on June 12 – Presidency


The Presidency on Friday said it had not declared June 12 as a public holiday.

It said in a tweet that it had received enquiries about the matter and that there was no plan to do so.

The tweet reads: “There have been questions regarding whether or not there will be a FEDERAL public holiday on June 12, 2018.
The answer is NO.
Presidential Order says June 12 “in FUTURE YEARS will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had some days ago declared that June 12 would be known as the authentic Democracy Day and not May 29.

He also conferred the highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic on the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, which was annulled by then head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

June 12 holiday
Acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola

The honour us usually reserved for serving and former heads of state.

Also conferred with honours were Abiola’s running mate, Babagana Kingibe, and the late human rights lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi.

The declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day and handover of government after general elections is already a subject of controversy as the National Assembly has said it is in breach of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Also, the conferment of the honour on Abiola is another contentious issue as to whether such can be done for a dead person.


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