The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 13, 2022, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, saying that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.
The minister congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and urged all citizens to support the government in its efforts to ensure a secure, united and prosperous nation.
Aregbesola admonished Nigerians to use the occasion to reflect on the long journey the country has made towards establishing a civil democratic order before national independence in 1960 till date and the sacrifices made by our patriots.
“He reminded Nigerians of the challenges we have faced and overcome, including a civil war, saying that any form of agitation that threatens the unity of the country should be shunned for the good of all, and that the space known as Nigeria will be a haven of peace, unity and progress if all citizens love their neighbors and embrace the spirit of brotherhood.
“As we mark another day of democracy in the history of our country, let us remember the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains a united, secure, peaceful and indivisible entity because there can be no development in a divided environment,” he said.
“Given the challenges we face in Nigeria today, I see an opportunity for us not to break apart or collapse but to break open; to open up in truth so that we can appreciate, understand, honor and live together in peace and prosperity,” the statement added.
The minister advised Nigerians to judiciously use the recently unveiled Nigeria Internal Security and Public Safety Alert System (N-Alert) mobile app, tagged “See Something Do N-Alert,” to mitigate security challenges and other disasters.
He assured that the country will continue to improve with the concerted efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to protect the lives and property of Nigerians and stabilize the economy.
Aregbesola urged Nigerians to hold on to democracy. He said even though it has not lived up to our best expectations, we should hold on to it, knowing that practice makes perfect and the alternatives are much worse and have proven ruinous and disastrous to the nation.
“There will certainly be light at the end of the tunnel,” he declared.