The Federal Government has declared Monday as a public holiday ahead of the highly anticipated May 29 inauguration of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The decision, made by the outgoing Minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, aims to commemorate this significant event and emphasize the importance of democracy in Nigeria.
In a statement released by Dr Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, the declaration was confirmed on Friday in Abuja.
Belgore reiterated the minister’s call for Nigerians to actively promote democracy by upholding the rule of law and supporting democratic institutions.
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According to Aregbesola, democracy is an ongoing process that requires continuous commitment and adherence to its fundamental principles.
He emphasized the significance of maintaining the rule of law, fostering a free and responsible press, and expanding the boundaries of freedom for all citizens.
“Democracy anywhere is an unfinished business and the only way it can keep developing and serve its end of being the vehicle to good governance and the welfare of all the people is by adhering to its tenets of rule of law, support for democratic institutions, promotion of free and responsible press and advancement of the frontiers of freedom for all the people,” stated Aregbesola.