June 12: Senate passes bill June 12 into law as Democracy day

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday passed a bill to make June 12 democracy day

On Thursday the Senate agreed with the Public Holiday Act (Amendment)Bill which recognises  June 12 as Democracy day.

This followed a conference report by Senator Ahmed Lawn,  the Senate leader, at the plenary on Thursday.

The passage of the bill came just a year after the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari announced June 12 as the new Democracy day.

Some members of the Senate came against the declaration while some supported it

The President’s declaration was later supported by the Senate by an act of parliament after the bill was considered seeking to amend the Public Holiday Act  by the members on Thursday.

The bill which is in accordance with that of the House of Representatives will now be passed to the President for assent.

The President said the date was more symbolic than May 29 or even the independence Day October 1.

The day was to celebrate Moshood Abiola better known as MKO Abiola who won the June 12 1993 elections.


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