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  As part of celebrations for Nigeria’s Democracy Day for this year, June 12, 2021, the government has declared Monday, June 14, as a public holiday. The date (June 12) falls under a weekend (Saturday), prompting the government to go for Monday to ensure citizens have spare time to honour sacrifices made by patriotic Nigerians to ensure that we have a free nation.
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Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the disclosure on behalf of the government, congratulated Nigerians, and urged citizens to support the President Muhammadu Buhari led government in ensuring that adequate efforts are put in place towards making Nigeria united and prosperous. The minister went further to encourage Nigerians to shun agitations aimed at threatening the country’s unity, noting that Nigeria would be a peaceful, united, and progressive nation if citizens love themselves and embrace the spirit of oneness.
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“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 and Indivisible Entity. 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.” Rauf Aregbesola
On the insecure state of the nation, Aregbesola stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is making efforts to ensure the security of lives and properties, alongside stabilizing the nation’s economy. Aregbesola said: ‘There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel.’’ It will be recalled that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari designated June 12 as Democracy, changing the date from the former May 29, to honour late Chief MKO Abiola, who is believed to have won the June 12, 1993 elections that were annulled by the Gen. Ibrahim Babangida led military government. Source: Linda Ikeji Featured Image Source: Kenyan Wallstreet
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This article was first published on 11th June 2021


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