The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday, May 29, 2023, work free for all workers in the country, to commemorate the inauguration of the nation’s 16th democratically elected president.
The declaration was made by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, in Abuja on Friday on behalf of the federal government.
The minister, according to a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, felicitated with all Nigerians on the momentous occasion, commending them for their faith in democracy as expressed in the nationwide election that produced the president and his deputy being inaugurated and indeed in all elections across the nation.
The minister was said to have enjoined them to continue to support and promote democracy through adherence to the rule of law and uphold all democratic institutions.
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“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.
Aregbesola urged Nigerians also to continue to promote ideals of peaceful coexistence and love for neighbours, noting that “we can only practice democracy and enjoy its dividends in a peaceful environment.”
The minister commended 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 was the nation’s greatest strength and would take the nation to its greatest height when 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 was very bright when the nation would attain greatness in all facets of human development.