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President Buhari Signs June 12 Into Law As Public Holiday

June 12 bill has been officially signed into law.

Jayfred Ugo

According to National Assembly Liaison Officer, Senator Ita Enang, President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill, after the House of Assembly reviewed and passed the Bill.

The new law earmarks June 12 as a public holiday in Nigeria, replacing May 29 as the old date will only be regarded as an inauguration of new governments in the country.

This bill was proposed by the presidency last year. After adequate review by the House of Assembly, the proposed bill was sent to the Presidency to sign into law. In honour of Abiola, June 12 will be a public holiday.

June 12 will become the new Democracy Day to honour MKO Abiola who ran for the presidency in 1993. The election he won was annulled by the then military president, Ibrahim Babangida, who claimed the election was corrupt and unfair.

Abiola was later awarded the GCFR posthumously on 6 June, 2018, by the current ruler of the land, President Muhammdu Buhari.