Democracy Day in Nigeria in 2025

Democracy Day in Nigeria in 2025
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2025 Nigeria Thu, Jun 12 National Holiday
2024 Nigeria Wed, Jun 12 National Holiday
2023 Nigeria Mon, Jun 12 National Holiday
2022 Nigeria Mon, Jun 13 National Holiday (in lieu)
2021 Nigeria Mon, Jun 14 National Holiday (in lieu)

Marks the annulled general election of June 12th 1993

When is Nigerian Democracy Day?

Democracy Day is a national public holiday in Nigeria. From 2019, it will be celebrated on June 12th each year. It was previously observed on May 29th.

The holiday marks the annulled general election of June 12th 1993.

History of Nigerian Democracy Day

Since 2000, Nigeria has been celebrating May 29th as Democracy Day.

With the election of General Olusegun Obasanjo as President, May 29th 199 was the second time in Nigeria's history that an elected civilian administration was restored after the rule of a military junta. The first time this happened was on October 21st 1979.

In June 2018, President Buhari announced that Democracy Day would move to June 12th from 2019.

The view of the federal government is that the annulled general election of June 12th 1993 is a more fitting occasion for Democracy Day to represent than the events of May 1999.

On June 12th 1993 many millions of Nigerians expressed their democratic will in a general election. The election was presumed to have been won in a landslide by the standard bearer of the Social Democratic Party, MKO Abiola, who contested against Maman Tofa of the National Republican Convention.

Despite foreign observers generally describing the elections as free and fair, the then Military President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida annulled the elections, citing some irregularities.

In recent years, several states have declared June 12th as a public holiday to commemorate the annulled election.

In the decision to move Democracy Day, the Government has also decided to award posthumously the highest honour of the land, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), to late Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12th 1993 cancelled elections.

The Commemoration and investiture will take place on Tuesday June 12th 2018, a date which in future years will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.

After its turbulent journey towards democracy, today Nigeria is the world's fourth-largest democracy.

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