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Why May 29 handover will be low-key

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The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has given reasons why the inauguration of the President for his second term in office on May 29 will be low-key.

This was announced on Monday while addressing State House correspondents in Abuja on activities slated for the inauguration. According to the Minister, President Muhammadu Buhari has officially adopted June 12 as National Democracy Day in the country.

It will be recalled that during June 12 celebration last year, President Buhari directed that the date will officially be marked as the National Democracy Day for the country in honor of Chief Moshood Abiola.

With this background, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said Nigeria cannot afford to have two major celebrations within a two-week interval.

Don’t forget that Chief Abiola won the June 12 1993 Presidential Elections, which was later annulled by the then Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, on June 23.

Thus, according to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, all other activities which otherwise would have been carried out on May 29 have now been deferred till June 12.

He further said that the decision to have a low-key celebration was taken at the Federal Executive Council held on May 8, 2019.

According to the release, invitations had been sent out to world leaders to attend the ceremonies marking the first National Democracy Day, details of which will be provided at a world Press Conference on May 20, 2019.

In a similar vein, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, told Channels TV on Monday that while May 29 remained significant inauguration day, it is important that the world should see June 12 as Nigeria’s most important day as far as democracy is concerned.

He said:

“We want the world to see June 12 as this country’s most important as far as democracy is concerned”.