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Nigeria Public Holidays Act Amendments Pass First Reading

Source: Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Abuja)
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018


The bill for an Act to Amend the Public Holiday Act which would legislate the recent declaration by Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, of June 12 as Nigerian Democracy Day, passed its first reading on the floor of the Nigerian House of Representatives, earlier today.

Today's vote follows last month's announcement (2018-06-15) by Nigeria's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, that the Federal Government of Nigeria had begun the process of amending the Public Holidays Act 1990 to implement the promise by President Muhammadu Buhari that, effective from next year, Nigerian Democracy Day would be marked every June 12.

Over the years, many Nigerian states had declared June 12 as a regional state public holiday (2017-06-09, 2014-06-10, 2013-06-09, 2012-11-25, 2012-06-09, 2011-06-10, 2010-07-06, 2010-06-11, 2009-06-15, 2009-06-11, 2008-06-11, 2006-06-10), but, last week (2018-06-06), Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, announced that, effective from next year, Nigerian Democracy Day would be marked every June 12 in honor of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, late Chief Moshood Abiola, instead of the usual, May 29, Democracy Day, public holiday of Nigeria (2018-05-25, 2017-05-18, 2016-05-25, 2015-05-25, 2014-05-22, 2013-05-24, 2012-04-27, and 2011-05-24).


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