Reps consider bill to make June 12, Nigeria’s democracy day

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The house of representatives has endorsed June 12 as the date of celebrating Democracy Day.

The lawmakers gave the endorsement on Thursday following the consideration of a bill seeking to amend the public holidays act.

The amendment was necessitated after President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 as the new date for Democracy Day to honour Moshood Abiola, presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election.

The Democracy Day was hitherto celebrated on May 29.

The president’s declaration had generated controversies, with lawmakers arguing it cannot be effective except there is a law to that effect.

The prompted the introduction of a bill titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend the Public Holidays Act, Cap. P40, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times and to declare June, 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and for Related Matters”.

The lawmakers approved the amendment of three clauses in the act, one of which changed the Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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