Presidency “silently” corrects error made on Buhari’s press statement on June 12 declaration

The presidency has corrected an error in the first paragraph of the statement personally signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, in which he announced the government’s decision to declare June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

In the original statement October 21, 1979 was erroneously quoted as the date when a civilian administration took over from a military government for the first time in the nation’s history.

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In the letter published on its Twitter handle on Friday, the date read correctly, October 1, 1979 although the issue date remained “Wednesday June 6th 2018.”

The government offered no explanation for the error.

In the same tweet, the government explained that June 12 this year will not be marked as a public holiday because the statement said June 12 will replace May 29 as the country’s Democracy Day in “future years”

The tweet reads:


There have been questions regarding whether or not there will be a FEDERAL public holiday on June 12, 2018.

The answer is NO.

Presidential Order says June 12 “in FUTURE YEARS will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.”

The President on Wednesday declared June 12 as the new Democracy Day of Nigeria, in honour of the late businessman and politician, Moshood Abiola, who ran for presidency on June 12, 1993.

He also conferred a posthumous GCFR title on him as the presumed winner of the election.

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