The federal government has declared Friday, June 12, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day celebration.
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The Nation reports that the minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government on Monday, June 8, congratulated all Nigerians at home and abroad for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country.
Fivestardiary gathered that the minister commended the heroes of democracy for their dogged determination and sacrifice which eventually birthed democratic governance in Nigeria.
A statement signed by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Georgina Ehuriah, quoted Aregbesola as calling on all Nigerians to continue to cherish the selfless efforts made to attain democracy.
He urged Nigerians to collaborate with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to ensure the realisation of the democratic ideals which these patriots fought for, even at the cost of their lives.
The minister who reassured Nigerians of the federal government’s commitment to battling the scourge of COVID-19 with the cooperation of all Nigerians, advised them further, to take responsibility for stopping the spread of the virus.