OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Thursday passed the Public Holiday Act (Amendment) bill 2019.
The bill which seeks to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria was first passed by the House of Representatives in December 2018, before it was transmitted to the Senate for concurrence.
The two chambers approved the amendments to three clauses in the Act including the clause that specifies a date for Democracy Day which was amended from May 29 to June 12.
Following the passage of the bill by the Senate and subject to the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari, June 12 will now be celebrated annually as Democracy Day effectively replacing May 29.
It would be recalled that last year, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the nation’s Democracy Day will, henceforth, be marked on June 12 in commemoration of the annulled June 12, 1993 elections adjudged by many as the freest and fairest polls in the history of Nigeria.
The President also honoured the presumed winner of the elections, Moshood Abiola (late) and his running mate, Babagana Kingibe with the honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) respectively.