In honor of Bola Tinubu’s inauguration as president, the federal government designated May 29 a national holiday on Friday.
Rauf Aregbesola, the federal government’s minister of interior, made the announcement in Abuja.
“Democracy anywhere is an unfinished business,” the minister declared. “The only way it can keep developing and serve its end of being the vehicle to good governance and the welfare of all the people is by adhering to its tenets of the rule of law, support for democratic institutions, promotion of free and responsible press, and advancement of the frontiers of freedom for all the people.”
Mr. Aregbesola urged Nigerians to keep advancing the values of peaceful coexistence and affection for their neighbors, stressing that only in a peaceful atmosphere can Nigeria exercise democracy and reap its benefits.
The minister also praised Nigerians for their tenacious efforts to secure uninterrupted civilian governance and smooth political transitions since 1999.
Asserting that “the unbridled energy of the people is the nation’s greatest strength and will take the nation to its greatest height when it is positively deployed in its service,” Mr. Aregbesola urged support and collaboration for Mr. Tinubu’s government.
He urged Nigerians to abstain from all forms of violence and other evil deeds, reminding them that the future is bright as long as everyone pulls together.