Nigerian Senate passes bill confirming June 12 as Democracy day

The Public Holiday Act (Amendment) Bill is one of six House Bills up for concurrence on the floor of the Senate at plenary Thursday.

The Public Holiday Act (amendment bill 2004) seeks to make June 12 as the new Democracy Day to replace May 29, which marks the official handing over of military to civilian administration.

And this follows the passage of the bill  in the lower chamber last December in honour of the late politician, Moshood Abiola who contested in the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential elections.

Senate’s passage of the Public Holiday Act (Amendment) Bill which now finally confirms June 12 as Democracy Day comes on the heels of an announcement by the Nigerian government that inauguration day known as Democracy Day has now been moved June 12.

The bill is to be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.