The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday May 29, 2015 as a public holiday to celebrate the 2015 Democracy Day as the incumbent President would also be handing over his office to President-elect Mohammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro made the declaration on Monday, on behalf of the federal government in a statement signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Magaji. There seem to be a surge of activities in the country that was almost shut down in the last few days due to its energy crisis that lasted over 4 weeks. Fuel workers are back on duty and electricity has moved from comatose to epileptic.
Dignitaries are already arriving for the ceremony, which will take place at the Eagle Square in Abuja. Guinean President Alpha Conde arrived yesterday.
A committee has started the accreditation of the media for the historic event and the military is set for its colourful parade.
In States where new Governors would be sworn in, there has been build-up activities to handing over and many more drama in controversial states such as Rivers where out-going Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Elected Nyesom Wike have been exchanging words like bullets. Governor Jang of Plateau was prevented from inaugurating some projects for non-payment of workers’ salary by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
Samuel Ortom, The governor-elect of Benue has urged those planning to use his administration to make money to go into private businesses and become richer instead as his government is all about service.
Expectations and emotions are flying high and wide in the nation as everyone hopes for the clamoured ‘change’. Nigerians expect so much from the incoming government; there are high hopes that the new government would not only cut government wastage but fight corruption, stop impunity, fix power and economy and hopefully cut off the controversial fuel subsidy in the nation.
Professor Niyi Osundare, a renowned poet at Niyi Osundare International Poetry Festival, held at Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan on May 26 said APC must deliver on the changes the party have promised.
“Change is what politicians promised us, especially the incoming administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but I have learnt not to trust politicians.”
“APC has to be extremely careful in the way it handles everything. Most of our politicians are rogues.
“In the last one week, no fuel, no electricity and people are just going their activities as if all is well.
“We embrace the change APC is bringing but all I am calling for is real change in all sectors.
“We want good roads that will take us to our destinations and not early graves. Good education for our children, food for everybody, roofs over our heads, good medical care instead of sending people to India, Egypt or South Korea.
“The change we need must be a departure from impunity and those who rule us must be held accountable.
The Elders Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has urged President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to tackle insecurity, epileptic power supply and corruption.