The federal government has declared Monday, June 14 as a public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day celebration.
Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, made the announcement on Thursday.
The minister urged all citizens to support the federal government in its efforts at ensuring a “united and prosperous nation”.
According to the minister, in a statement signed by Shuaib Belgore, permanent secretary of the interior ministry, there would be no development in an acrimonious environment.
He therefore enjoined Nigerians to shun all forms of agitation that threatens the unity of the country.
“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,” the statement read in part.
He added that “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 assured Nigerians that with the efforts of the present administration, to secure lives and properties, and stabilising the economy, things will continue to improve in the country.