Information Nigeria reports that the government had shelved the usual colourful parades held at the Eagle Square, Abuja and in its place opted for the presentation of a mid-term report by President Goodluck Jonathan to Nigerians.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, who disclosed this in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Sam Nwaobasi, said the clarification became necessary in view of conflicting media reports about purported cancellation of activities lined up for the Democracy Day.
The statement reads: “This is to inform invited guests and the general public that the 2013 Democracy Day celebration, at which event His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, will present the Mid-Term Report of his administration entitled: ‘Transformation Mid-Term Report: Taking Stock, Moving Forward,’ will hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 as is being announced in the print and electronic media.
“Activities for the 2013 Democracy Day celebration have commenced since Friday, May 24, 2013 with the national juma’at at the National Mosque, Abuja. This was followed by an interdenominational church service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Sunday, May 26, 2013.
“On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, Mr President will present to the nation his administration’s mid-term report as the main event for this year’s Democracy Day celebration.
“Invited guests are expected to be seated at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 9.30 a.m.