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22 May 2019 | 08:23 AM UTC

Nigeria: Government declares May 29 and June 12 public holidays

Nigeria News Alert

Government declares May 29 and June 12 public holidays; heightened security presence likely over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/12/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria


The Nigerian government has declared Wednesday, May 29, inauguration day, and Wednesday, June 12, Democracy Day, as public holidays. The inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari is slated for Wednesday at Abuja's Eagle Square. Events celebrating Democracy Day will begin on Friday, June 7. A parade at Eagle Square is also planned for June 12, followed by a Dinner and Gala Night at the State House Conference Center that evening.

A heightened security presence and associated traffic disruptions are likely over the coming weeks. Protests associated with the swearing in of President Buhari are possible over the coming weeks.


Democracy Day has previously been held annually on May 29, the day the military handed over power to an elected civilian government in 1999. On June 6, 2018, the government declared June 12 to be the new Democracy Day.


Individuals in Nigeria are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.


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