The President Muhammadu Buhari led-government stated on Monday that a lot of activities has been slated to commemorate the second term inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29 and June 12 as the country’s Democracy Day for the first time in the nation’s history.
Although the Federal Government disclosed that May 29 still stands as a public holiday in the country and that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be administered the sacred oath of office of the president and vice president on that day but major activities of this event has been slated for June 12.
Alhaji Lai Muhammed, the Minister of Information and Culture while speaking to newsmen at a press briefing declared that both days will be marked as public holiday this year
But the minister said most of the activities had been moved to June 12, and that the events slated for May 29 would be low key.
He disclosed that leaders all over the world would only be attending the Democracy June 12 events.
The minister stated that the events to mark the June 12 as a Democracy Day will start on Friday June 7 with a programme on Historical Exhibition in Arts, Pictures and Immersive Environment and run through June 12
The event which is schedule to take place at the International Conference Centre,ICC,
On Sunday, June 9th there will be a Youth Concert, Creative Industry and Entertainment Night also schedule to hold at the ICC.
The minister disclosed that“On Monday, June 10th, there will be a Secondary Schools Exhibition/Panel Discussion at the ICC, and Tuesday, June 11th will feature three events: the PMB Oratorical Contest at the ICC, an Anti-corruption Summit at the Transcorp Hilton and a First Lady’s Commissioning Programme in Yola, Adamawa.
“Wednesday, June 12th will start off with a parade at the Eagle Square, and the Democracy Day programme will wrap up with a Dinner and Gala Night at the State House Conference Centre.”
It will be recalled that the Senate at the plenary last week passed the amendment in concurrence with the House of Representatives which approved the new date earlier in December 2018.
The passage followed the adoption of a report by Senator Ahmad Lawan, the Majority Leader, for the Senate to concur with the House.
The bill was passed almost one year after President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the date would replace May 29 for Nigerians to commemorate the return to the civilian government.
The legislation is now billed for transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.
President Buhari had on June 6, 2018, announced June 12 as the new date which Democracy Day would be celebrated in the country, to honour the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola, who was fondly known as MKO.
The President made the declaration as the Federal Government honoured the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, with a posthumous conferment of the highest national award, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, on him.
SOURCE: THE PUNCH,SAHARA REPORTERS
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