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House of Reps recognises June 12 as Democracy Day


House of Representatives has considered and passed a bill seeking to confer legal status on June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy day from the known May 29.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had in May this year conferred a posthumous award on MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election and he also announced that Democracy Day should now be June 12.

The bill reads: “A Bill for an Act to Amend the Public 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 (HBs.918 and 1529)”,

The bill was sponsored by Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok and Hon. Kayode Oladele

The House also asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute the Global Infrastructure Nigeria Limited (GINL) and others indicted for economic sabotage in the concession of Ajaokuta Steel Company.