The Federal Government has officially declared Monday, June 12, as a public holiday in honor of the celebration of Democracy Day 2023. The declaration was made by Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, on behalf of the Federal Government.
In her statement, Dr. Akinlade extended her congratulations to all Nigerians on this significant occasion. She acknowledged that Nigeria’s democratic journey, much like in other nations, has faced both challenges and successes. However, she emphasized that despite the ups and downs, the country’s institutions and its people have remained committed to the principles of democratic governance.
“On this memorable occasion, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are encouraged to reflect on the progress that has been achieved, celebrate the milestones that have been reached, and look ahead to a brighter future for our democracy,” Dr. Akinlade asserted.
As the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Akinlade concluded her statement by extending warm wishes to all Nigerians for a joyful and fulfilling celebration of Democracy Day.
The declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day is significant in Nigeria’s history as it commemorates the day in 1993 when the presidential election, widely considered as the freest and fairest in the nation’s history, took place. It serves as a reminder of the struggles and sacrifices made to uphold democratic values and promotes the collective appreciation of Nigeria’s democratic journey.