Nigeria’s Federal Government has declared Monday, 14th June, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day.
This was announced in a statement by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore, on Thursday.
According to the statement, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration congratulated Nigerians on the occasion.
The statement reads partly: “The Federal Government, congratulated Nigerians on this occasion and urged all citizens to support the present administration in its efforts at ensuring a united and prosperous nation.
“Aregbesola said any form of agitation that threatens the unity of the country should be shunned for the good of all, saying the space known as Nigeria would be a haven of peace, unity and progress if all citizens love his or her neighbour and embrace the spirit of brotherliness.
“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, honour each other and live together in peace and prosperity.
“There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel.”