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June 12: FG MovesTo Amend Public Holidays Act

Eniola Awokoya

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, said the Federal Government has commenced the process of amending the Public Holidays Act 1990, to accommodate June 12 which President Muhammadu Buhari declared as Democracy Day last week.

He said President Buhari’s proclamation was a declaration of intention that would eventually be given effect after the amendment.

Malami said this while answering questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari, last week, directed that henceforth, the nation’s Democracy Day would be holding on June 12 of every year, as against the current arrangement where the ceremony holds on May 29.

He also honoured the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola, with the highest National honour, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic.

The President further honoured Abiola’s running mate, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe; and the late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, with the second highest national honour, the Grand Commander of the Niger.

Questions have been raised on whether the President has the constitutional power to declare a day as public holiday outside the Public Holidays Act 1990.

The minister however explained that, “As it relates to public holidays, there is truly a Public Holidays Act, but it is about the process and process of amendment