By Babajide Okeowo
The Federal Ministry of Interior has announced Monday, June 14, 2021 as public holiday to celebrate this year’s Democracy Day.
The announcement was signed by Dr. Shuaibu Belgore, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior on Thursday,
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who made the declaration on behalf of 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.
“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.
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,” he stressed.
He assured that with the concerted efforts being put in place by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to secure the lives and property of Nigerians and stabilise the economy, the nation will continue to be prosperous.
“There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel,” he stated.
The Minister wished all Nigerians a happy Democracy Day Celebration.
Recall that June 12, 1993 was the day Nigeria had its freest and fairest election where MKO Abiola defeated Alhaji Bashir Tofa in the Presidential election but the election was annuled by the administration of President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
MKO Abiola later died in Federal Government custody on July 7, 1998 after many years in detention