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June 12 can not be a public holiday until the public holiday act is amended - Malami

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- The federal government said the declaration of June 12 as public holiday will not be effective till after the amendment of the Public Holidays Act

- Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, says the announcement of June 12 as Democracy Day, is a mere declaration of intention until the holiday act is amended

The Nigerian federal government on Wednesday, June 13, said that the recent declaration of June 12 as public holiday will only come into effect after the amendment of the Public Holidays Act, Vanguard reports.

Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, stated this while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

NAIJ.com gathered that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, also disclosed that the Public Holidays Act will soon be amended to accommodate the declaration of June 12 as public holiday.

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Malamai said: “As it relates to public holidays, there is truly a Public Holiday Act; but it is about the process and process of amendment.”

“At any rate, the act can be amended and the process of amendment has been put in place. So, when the act has been fully amended, the declaration of the president will come into effect.

“It is a declaration of intention, a declaration of desire and that will eventually be given effect with the act of amendment of the existing law.”

The federal government also stated that the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N9.1 trillion will be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari next week, adding the particular date this would happen will be made public.

On the National Merit Award Act and Nigerian National Honours Act, Malami said: “They are two distinct and different applicable laws as far as national honours awards are concerned. You have the National Merit Award on the strength of which we have the law of the governing board comes into effect and then as it relates to the National Honours Act, the board does not have any relevance in terms of processing of the honours.

“For then, above all, we equally have in existence, precedence as it relates to the award of posthumous Honours. I can recall that a former Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed, was equally honored posthumously, among others.

“So, when the Act has been fully amended, the declaration of the President will come into effect. It is a declaration of intention, a declaration of desire and that will eventually be given effect with the act of amendment of the existing law.”

In a previous report by NAIJ.com, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the federal ministry of justice to take immediate steps to publish the presidential order on June 12, to be observed as Democracy Day in Nigeria in the federal gazette.

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This information is contained in a statement by the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday, June 7, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The statement read: “Following his declaration yesterday that henceforth, June 12, be observed as Democracy Day in Nigeria and that some heroes of democracy be given national honours.

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