The Federal Government has declared Monday as a public holiday to mark Democracy Day.
In celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day, June 12 became the new date to honor the late MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 June 12 presidential election.
This was made known to newsmen in a statement on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore.
According to the statement, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, urged Nigerians to support the Federal Government in its efforts to promote unity and prosperity within the nation.
He said Nigerians should shun all forms of agitation that threaten the unity of the country stating that the space known as Nigeria will be a haven of peace, unity, and progress if all citizens love his or her neighbor while embracing the spirit of brotherliness.
Aregbesola said, “As we mark another Democracy Day in the history of our dear country, let us reflect on the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains one United and Indivisible Entity. No development can take place in an acrimonious environment.
“With the challenges we face in Nigeria today, I see an opportunity for us not to break up or break down but to break open; open up to ourselves in truth so that we may appreciate each other, understand each other, honor each other and live together in peace and prosperity.”
Also, the Minister encouraged Nigerians that things will be better with the coordinated efforts being put in place by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to secure life and property while stabilizing the economy adding that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
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