In honour of Democracy Day, the Federal Government (FG) has declared Monday, June 14, as a public holiday.
This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday, June 10, by the Minister of Interior; Mr Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the FG.
Aregbesola urged all citizens to support the present administration in its efforts at ensuring a united and prosperous nation.
He said any form of agitation that threatens the unity of the country should be shunned for the good of all; adding that 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.
“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. No development can take place in an acrimonious environment.
“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,” Aregbesola said.
He assured Nigerians that with the concerted efforts being put in place by the FG to secure the lives and property of Nigerians and stabilise the economy, the nation will continue to get better.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Wednesday, June 9, has stated that insecurity would persist in Nigeria and, Kaduna State, in particular, owing to the nonchalant attitude of those in governance to the welfare of the citizens.
This was contained in a statement issued by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba.
Wabba said since the attainment of Independence in 1960 successive governments in Nigeria have churned out neo-liberal policies that tend to undermine the welfare of the workforce, which fortunately are the major vehicle for wealth creation.
The NLC president alleged that in one fell swoop El-Rufai laid off 21,000 teachers and replaced them with contract staff who to date has not been given letters of engagement.
He said with N50.7 billion internally generated revenue of the state in 2020 alone; the governor cannot claim to lack funds to pay the minimum wage of just N30, 000.
“Insecurity was thriving in Nigeria because a lot of dependants of those who have been laid off are taking to crime as a means of survival; a development that is alien to advanced nations of the world,” he said.