President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assented to the Public Holiday Amendment bill into law.
The Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, announced this to State House Correspondents after signing ceremony.
Enang said the new law, now allows public holiday to be declared on June 12 every year, while May 29th will no longer be public holiday. May 29th will only be handing over date and working day.
“By the act amended and signed by Mr. President, May 29 is no more a public holiday. June 12 is now a public holiday and the country’s Democracy Day,” he said.
The assent came 48 hours to the celebration of the country’s maiden Democracy Day.
Since return of democracy in 1999, May 29 had been observed as democracy day.
Recalled that the Federal Government had shifted major events for the president’s inauguration to June 12, which is now Nigeria’s Democracy Day.