Published On: Tue, May 21st, 2019

FG confirms May 29, June 12 as public holidays

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

The Federal Government has confirmed that May 29 and June 12 of every year would remain as public holidays in the country.
This is even as the government gave reasons why world leaders were only invited for the maiden celebration of the democracy day on June 12, and not for May 29 inauguration ceremony.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed these in Abuja at a world press conference where he gave details of the May 29th presidential inauguration and the first observance of June 12th as the nation’s Democracy Day.
The Information Minister, who addressed journalists alongside four other Ministers-Manir Dan Alli, Defence, Geoffrey Onyema, Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, Education and Hon. Bawa Bwari, Solid Mineral Resources-pointed out that Nigeria can ill-afford two major celebrations within a two-week interval.
When asked if the leaders opposition in the country were invited for the inauguration, Alhaji Mohammed, who is the Chairman of the Media and Publicity sub-committee of the presidential inauguration committee, said that everybody, who ought to be invited, have been duly invited.
The Minister of Information and Culture said, “ I said, at my earlier press conference, that since the first observance of June 12 as Democracy Day falls in an election year, and as a measure to sustain June 12 as Democracy Day, the celebration of the inauguration and the advancement of democracy in the country will now take place on June 12.
“I also said, of course, that the country can ill-afford two major celebrations within a two-week interval.
“On the invitation of world leaders to the presidential inauguration, I said the leaders would be invited instead to the ceremonies marking the observance of the Democracy Day on June 12, and that invitations have since been sent out to them.
“I said, at a press conference at the State House on Monday, May 13th 2019, that the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term on May 29th 2019, will be a low-key affair.
“I also said a number of the events slated for the inauguration will now be held during the first observance of June 12 as Democracy Day.
“Activities leading to the inauguration of Mr. President officially kicks off today (yesterday), May 20th, with this press conference.
“This will be followed of Tuesday, May 21st, by the commencement of a three-day National Youth Entrepreneurship Empowerment Summit at the International Conference Centre (ICC) here in Abuja.
“The Federal Executive Council Valedictory Session will be held at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja, on Wednesday, May 22nd; a Special Jumat Lecture and prayer will be held on Friday May 24th at the National Mosque; the First Lady’s interaction with women is slated for the Old Chamber at the State House on Saturday May 25th while a special Interdenominational Church Service is slated for Sunday May 26th at the National Christian Centre.
“On Monday, May 27th, Mr. President will give a Children;s Day broadcast, to be followed later in the day by a Children’s Variety Party.
“The swearing in of the President and the Vice President is slated for Wednesday, May 29th at the Eagle Square, to be followed by a State Banquet at the State House in the evening of the same day 2019 Democracy Day Celebration (7-12th June 2019) “The events celebrating June 12 as Democracy Day will kick off on Friday, June 7th with a Historical Exhibition in Arts, Pictures and Immersive Environment and run through June 12th.
“The event is slated to hold at the ICC. It will be followed on Sunday, June 9th by a Youth Concert, Creative Industry and Entertainment Night also at the ICC.
“On Monday, June 10th, there will be a Secondary Schools Exhibition/Panel Discussion at the ICC, and Tuesday, June 11th will feature three events: the PMB Oratorical Contest at the ICC, an Anti-corruption Summit at the Transcorp Hilton and and a First Lady’s Commissioning Programme in Yola, Adamawa.
“Wednesday, June 12th will start off with a parade at the Eagle Square, and the Democracy Day programme will wrap up with a Dinner and Gala Night at the State House Conference Centre”, he stated.

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