The Nigerian government has officially declared Monday, June 12, 2023, as a Public Holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day. The announcement was made by Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, in a statement released on Thursday, June 8, 2023.
Dr Akinlade extended her congratulations to all Nigerians on behalf of the Federal Government, acknowledging the nation’s democratic journey and the challenges it has faced. She emphasized that despite encountering both turbulent and smooth periods, the ship of the State, its institutions, and, most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained dedicated to the principles of democratic governance.
“On this memorable occasion, therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are encouraged to reflect on the progress achieved, celebrate the milestones covered, and remain hopeful for a brighter future for the country’s democracy,” Dr Akinlade stated.
Democracy Day holds great significance in Nigeria, symbolizing the country’s commitment to upholding democratic values and commemorating the hard-fought battles for freedom and self-governance. It serves as a time for unity, reflection, and appreciation of the strides made towards a democratic nation.
As the nation observes the public holiday, citizens are urged to engage in activities that promote the democratic ideals Nigeria holds dear and to foster a sense of patriotism and unity among its people.
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