The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared May 29 and June 12 as national holidays.
Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who made the declaration, also said the May 29 Inauguration Day would be a low-key affair because the “country can ill-afford two major celebrations within a two-week interval”.
June 12 has now been earmarked as the nation’s new Democracy Day in posthumous recognition of the June 12 1993 election which was won by Chief MKO Abiola.
According to Lai Mohammed, these are the dates you should underline in your calendar should you want to attend any of the events lined up to commemorate both days in the nation’s calendar.
- 11am on Monday, May 20, World Press Conference at the National Press Center.
- 10am on Tuesday, May 21, National Youth Entrepreneurship Empowerment Summit at the International Conference Center (ICC).
- 9am on Friday, May 24, Special Jumma’at Lecture and Prayer at the National Mosque.
- 4pm on Saturday, May 25, First Lady’s Interaction with women at the Old Chamber State House.
- 3pm on Sunday, May 26, Special Interdenominational Church Service at the National Christian Center.
- 7am and 1pm on May 27 for Children’s Day Broadcast by Mr. President and Children’s variety party, respectively at the State House.
- 8am and 8pm on Wednesday, May 29 for swearing-in ceremony and State Banquet at Eagle Square and State House Conference Center respectively.
- 9am on June 7-12, historical exhibition in Arts, pictures and immersive environment at the ICC.
- 4pm on Sunday, June 9, Youth concert, creative industry and entertainment night at ICC.
- 9am on Monday, June 10, Secondary Schools exhibition panel discussion at ICC.
- 9am, 10am and 11am on Tuesday, June 11, PMB oratorical contest, anti-corruption summit and First Lady’s commissioning program at the ICC, Transcorp Hilton and Yola, Adamawa respectively.
- 9am and 7pm on June 12, Democracy Day Parade, Dinner and Gala Night at the Eagle Square and State House Conference Center respectively.