President Buhari signs Public Holidays Amendment Bill into law

Timothy Choji, Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Public Holidays Amendment Bill into Law.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Mr Ita Enang revealed this to State House Correspondents on Monday evening, soon after the President appended his signature on the bill.

He said with the new Act in place, June 12 would now be observed as Democracy day as well as a public holiday in Nigeria.

He said: “His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has just assented to the Public Holidays Amendment Act. This Act declares June 12 of every year as a public holiday and a democracy day in Nigeria. It amends the Public Holidays Act which now removes May 29 of every year as a public holiday and now makes June 12 the democracy day.”

On whether the Act also amends the handover date, the Special Assistant declined comments on that.

The changing of Nigeria’s Democracy day form May 29 to June 12 was done by Nigeria in honour of the late Moshood Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the 1993 Presidential Election, which was annulled by the then Military regime, led by former President Ibrahim Babangida.