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12 Jun 2019 | 02:05 AM UTC

Nigeria: Nationwide Democracy Day celebrations June 12

Nigeria News Alert

Democracy Day celebrations will take place nationwide on June 12, including in Abuja; heightened security, transportation and commercial disruptions expected

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


Nigeria will hold Democracy Day celebrations across the country on Wednesday, June 12. The largest events are expected to take place in the capital, Abuja. Local security forces will be deployed around the following locations to prevent traffic flows from disrupting celebratory events: Eagle Square, National Assembly Junction, Federal Secretariat Phase 3, Bullet Junction, Aso Drive, Millennium Towers, Old Parade Ground, Supreme Court Park, Water Board by Deeper Life Junction, the Bayelsa House, Transcorp Hilton, Intel Junction by Ahmadu Bello Way, NNPC Towers, FCDA by POWA, and Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Expressway. Associated gatherings are also expected in major urban centers throughout the country.

Democracy Day is celebrated as a public holiday in Nigeria; commercial and government service disruptions are expected nationwide along with a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions.


Democracy Day commemorates Nigeria's first democratic election which took place on June 12, 1993, and saw the victory of MKO Abiola. Until 2018, Democracy Day was celebrated on May 29, to remember the power transition from the military to a civilian government on May 29, 1999.


Individuals in Nigeria are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.


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