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June 12 becomes National Holiday as President Buhari signs Turning-point Bill into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill, National Assembly Liaison Officer, Senator Ita Enang announced Monday.

A signature, a milestone: President Buhari assents the June 12 Bill Monday

The new law recognises June 12 as a public holiday in Nigeria, replacing May 29, the latter will only be serve as a handover/inauguration date of new governments in the country.


With the President Buhari’s assent to the Public Holiday Amendment Act, May 29 is no more a public holiday and June 12 is now a public holiday and the Democracy Day

– Senator Enang

The National Assembly recently passed the amendment bill.

President Muhammadu Buhari presenting M.K.O. Abiola’s posthumous award to Kola Abiola in June 2018

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, had on Tuesday, May 14, commended President Buhari for taking steps toward fully recognising June 12 as democracy day.

Tinubu made the commendation in a statement signed by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman, in Lagos. He also urged the National Assembly to cooperate with the presidency to complete the constitutional process of making June 12 democracy day.

“To complete this process, that the president has started via executive order, we hope that the National Assembly act with reasonable dispatch in cooperation with the presidency to assure that the requisite constitutional amendments are enacted to fully establish June 12 as democracy day,” Tinubu said.

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