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Nigeria Public Holidays Act Amendments Pass Second Reading

Source: Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Abuja)
Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018

The "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 matter" which would declare June 12 as Nigerian Democracy Day, instead of May 29, narrowly passed its second on the floor of the Nigerian House of Representatives, yesterday.

Earlier this year (2018-06-15), Nigeria's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had announced 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 2019, Nigerian Democracy Day would be marked every June 12.

The bill then passed its first reading on the floor of the Nigerian House of Representatives, this past summer (2018-07-18).

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).

Note that, if the aforementioned bill is passed and assented to by the President, May 29th will remain a public holiday every 4 years as this is the date of the quadrennial inauguration of a new President in Nigeria.

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