Nigeria celebrates Democracy Day in Abuja

Mazino Dickson and Timothy Choji

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s arrival at the Eagle Square signaled the commencement of the 2019 Democracy Day.

He has already inspected the guards of honour, who paraded in slow and quick time.

 

Earlier Security was beefed up as they ensured protection of dignatories and all those attending the event.

There was thorough screening at all entry points were well demarcated and reserved for guests.

The president is expected to deliver an official address.

Background

President Muhammadu Buhari on June 6, 2018, directed that with effect from 2019 Nigeria’s Democracy Day, marked every May 29th be shifted to the 12th of June.

This move was to honour Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, who won a presidential election but was prevented from taking office when the results were annulled.

The late Abiola died while struggling to actualize the mandate.

Consequently, the National Assembly on May 16 2019, endorsed this declaration with the amendment of the Public Holiday Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

This followed the passage of concurrent bill to that effect by both chambers of the National Assembly -Senate and House of Representatives.

With the formal signing of the amendment of the Public Holiday Act (Amendment) Bill 2019 into law by President Buhari on June 10 2019, Nigeria has formally recognised is celebrating the triumph of justice, fairness as a national watchword.