Nigeria shifts Democracy Day events to June 12
Although Nigeria will observe transition of power, observing President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration for a second term on May 29, 2019, major events that follow Democracy Day will be observed on June 12, the Presidency has said.
A statement by Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed on Monday said the May 29th event will be a low-key affair, as a number of the events slated for the inauguration will now be held during the first observance of June 12 as the National Democracy Day
“The decision to have a low-key inauguration for the President was taken at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, 8 May 2019.
However, invitations have been sent to all world leaders to attend the ceremonies marking the observance of the Democracy Day on June 12.
Since the first observance of June 12 as Democracy Day falls into 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. The country can ill-afford two major celebrations within a two-week interval.
Details of the events slated for the two ceremonies will be unveiled at a world press conference slated for May 20th in Abuja”, said the statement.