In honour of the swearing-in of the nation’s 16th democratically elected President, the Federal Government has declared Monday, May 29, a public holiday.
The interior minister, Rauf Aregbesola, announced this on Friday (May 26) in Abuja while congratulating Nigerians on the milestone.
In a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore, the Minister urged Nigerians to keep supporting and promoting democracy by upholding all democratic institutions and upholding the rule of law.
”Democracy anywhere is an unfinished business and the only way it can keep developing and serve its end of being the vehicle to good governance and the welfare of all the people is by adhering to its tenets of rule of law, support for democratic institutions, promotion of free and responsible press and advancement of the frontiers of freedom for all the people”, the Minister said.
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Aregbesola further urged Nigerians to “continue to promote ideals of peaceful coexistence and love for our neighbours”, noting that we can only practice democracy and enjoy its dividends in a peaceful environment.
The Minister commends all Nigerians for their strident efforts at achieving an unbroken civilian rule and successful change of governments since 1999.
He urged them to support and cooperate with the coming administration, arguing that the unbounded energy of the people is the nation’s greatest strength and will take the nation to its greatest height when it is positively deployed in its service.
The Minister charged Nigerians to shun any form of violence and other untoward acts, assuring them that with all hands on deck, the future is very bright when the nation will attain greatness in all facets of human development.
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