June 12: FG declares Monday public holiday as protests loom

Rauf Aregbesola

The Federal Government has marked out Monday, June 14 as a public holiday in commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day celebrated on June 12.

Minister of interior Rauf Aregbesola was quoted in a statement on Thursday by the ministry’s permanent secretary Shuaib Belgore to have warned against agitations capable of threatening the peace of the country.

“Aregbesola said any form of agitation that threatens the unity of the country should be shunned for the good of all, saying the space known as Nigeria would be a haven of peace, unity and progress if all citizens love his or her neighbour and embrace the spirit of brotherliness,” the statement read.

Aregbesola also called on Nigerians to support the Buhari administration in its efforts at ensuring a united and prosperous nation.

“As we mark another Democracy Day in the history of our dear country, let us reflect on the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains one united and indivisible entity,” the minister said, according to the statement.

“With the challenges we face in Nigeria today, I see an opportunity for us not to break up or break down but to break open; open up to ourselves in truth so that we may appreciate each other, understand each other, honour each other and live together in peace and prosperity.”

The minister’s caution against agitation comes amid plans by groups to hold protests nationwide on June 12 against insecurity, bad economy among others.