By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed into law a bill making June 12 of every year a national public holiday and Democracy Day.
By this act, June 12 replaces May 29 as Democracy Day and national public holiday.
However, May 29 will remain the handing over date but without a public holiday.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enamg ,disclosed this to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja soon after the bill was assented to by the President.
Buhari had last year proclaimed June 12, a day commemorating the inconclusive presidential election of 1993 presumed to have been won by Late MKO Abiola, as the Democracy Day.
Before that presidential declaration, Nigeria, under the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had been observing May 29 as both handing over date and Democracy Day since 1999.
The Southwest states were until this year marking June 12 separately as Democracy Day with a public holiday.
A bill to replace May 29 with June12 which the president assented to Monday was passed by the two chambers of the Eight National Assembly recently.