Monday June 13th has been declared a public holiday by the Federal Government to commemorate Nigeria’s Democracy day which usually falls on June 12.
This year’s democracy day ,June 12 falls on a Sunday and FG declared the day after as a public holiday.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made this known in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr M. L. Shuaib Belgore, on Thursday.
Aregbesola congratulated Nigerians and appeal to all citizens to support the present administration in its efforts at ensuring a secured, united and prosperous nation.
Aregbesola urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the democracy day to reflect on the long journey the country has made towards the enthronement of civil democratic order, before Independence in 1960.
“As we mark another Democracy Day in the history of our dear country, let us reflect on the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains one united, secured, peaceful and an indivisible entity, noting that no development can take place in an acrimonious environment.
“With the challenges we face in Nigeria today, I see an opportunity for us not to break up or break down, but to break open; open up to ourselves in truth so that we may appreciate each other, understand each other, honour each other and live together in peace and prosperity,” Aregbesola was quoted as saying.
Aregbesola also appealed to Nigerians to keep faith with democracy, adding that it’s still the best of government, saying alternatives to democracy has proven to be very disastrous and ruinous to the country,
“There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel,” he added.