Saturday, 9 June 2018

States Which Declared June 12 A Public Holiday Unlike Federal government



Nigerian President,Mohammadu Buhari had yesterday announced that June 12 being next week Tuesday 2018,is not declared a public holiday even though June 12 has replaced May 29 as Democracy Day.

Mr. President however said that from next year onward,June 12 will be be a national public holiday instead of May 29.

The reason June 12th of this year won't be a public holiday is because,Democracy Day had already been observed on May 29th and there could be no two Democracy Day holidays in a year.

Unlike federal government of Nigeria,Lagos state and Ogun state have declared June 12 a public holiday stating the following:

“On behalf of all Lagosians, we want to commend and applaud Mr. President for deeming it fit finally against all odds from all other past presidents that 25 years after, we are able to now celebrate our own Democracy Day and also declare that the real winner of 1993 June 12 Presidential election was actually our own MKO Abiola,” Ambode said.
“No matter how long you try to hide history, history will always reveal itself with a true platform. So, we know that it is one very important singular step as we go forward to build an enduring democracy. And for all democrats in this country, we are excited that we are moving in the right direction. 
“It also affirms that Nigeria can get it right if we begin to put things in the right perspective and work for the general good of the greater number of people. That is the true essence of democracy.
“For us in Lagos, June 12 is not just a day to remember, it is a rallying point for those of us in service that we must continuously strive to entrench true democracy and good governance which is what Chief MKO Abiola totally exemplified- governor Ambode.

“This year will be no exception as befitting events including a Democracy Walk to be led by the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun have been lined up for the celebration.  “The walk scheduled to take off from the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta at 7: 00 a.m will take participants through major roads in the state capital to the Abiola’s family house at Oke-Ido, Gbagura where prayers will be offered for the martyr,” the statement read in part- Ogun state governor.