Contrary to some media reports, the Federal Government announced on Monday it had not cancelled any of its activities lined up for the celebration of the 2013 Democracy Day, holding tomorrow, May 29.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, disclosed in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Sam Nwaobasi that government only shelved the usual parades held at the Eagle Square, Federal Secretariat, Abuja.
He added that the main event this year would be a presentation of a mid-term report by President Goodluck Jonathan to Nigerians.
He noted that the clarification became imperative in view of conflicting media reports.
The statemennt reads in part, “This is to inform invited guests and the general public that the 2013 Democracy Day celebration, at which event, His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, will present the Mid-Term Report of his administration entitled: ‘Transformation Mid-Term Report: Taking Stock, Moving Forward,’ will hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 as is being announced in the print and electronic media.
“Activities for the 2013 Democracy Day celebration have commenced since Friday, May 24, 2013 with the national juma’at at the National Mosque, Abuja. This was followed by an interdenominational church service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Sunday, May 26, 2013.
“On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, Mr President will present to the nation his administration’s mid-term report as the main event for this year’s Democracy Day celebration. “
Invited guests are expected to be seated at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 9.30 a.m. Meanwhile, the Federal Government had already declared the day as a public holiday.
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