Members of the House of Representatives have approved June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day, Premium Times is reporting.
The approval was done on Thursday while reps were considering a report on “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 bill was introduced by Edward Pwajok(Plateau, APC).
The clause in the law, carrying May 29 as democracy day was amended to June 12.
This comes after President Muhammadu Buhari‘s announcement of June 12 as the country’s new Democracy Day in June this year.
Buhari has also honoured the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election,Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic honour.
The lawmakers saw the need to give the declaration a legal backing, hence the introduction of the bill.