The Senate on Thursday passed the Public Holiday (Amendment) Act 2019.
The bill seeks to declare June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day and also seek to bring the Act to align with current happenings in the country.
This comes after the House of Representatives in December 2018 passed and transmitted the bill to the Senate for concurrence — And the amendments to three clauses in the Act were approved by Senate and House of Reps. While they approved the amendment of the clause carrying May 29 as Democracy Day was amended to June 12.
It will be recalled that in June 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari directed that Democracy Day be henceforth, held on June 12 and no longer on May 29.
The President posthumously awarded the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election, Moshood Abiola, with the highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) — An honour only conferred on presidents and former presidents.
And said that May 29 would be celebrated every fourth year when a new president will be inaugurated.