The declaration of June 12 as a public holiday was a mere statement of desire by President Muhammadu Buhari, said Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.
He made the clarification, yesterday, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, as he fielded questions on whether Buhari’s declaration contravened the Public Holiday Act.
Malami said: “As it relates to public holidays, there is truly a Public Holiday Act. The Act can be amended and the process of amendment has been put in place. 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 amendment of the existing law.” Read more