FG Outlines Activities to Mark Buhari’s Third Anniversary

President Muhammadu Buhari will be marking his third anniversary later this month with a lecture, dinner/gala night and national broadcast.

Buhari was inaugurated President on May 29, 2015.

Details of events outlined to mark this year’s Democracy Day were published on the website of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, www.osgf.gov.ng.

According to the publication, activities for the celebration will start on Friday, May 25 with a special Jumat prayers scheduled for the National Mosque, Abuja.

Buhari is expected to lead top government officials to the session.

Those expected at the prayers that will hold between 1pm and 2.30pm include the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, ministers, members of the National Assembly, service chiefs, captains of industries and members of the diplomatic corps.

An interdenominational church service had also been slated for Sunday, May 27.

The service scheduled to commence at 2.30pm will hold at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will lead government officials to the service.

He is expected to be joined by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, among others.

A Democracy Day Lecture has been slated for Monday, May 28 by 10am at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to the plan, the President will on Tuesday, May 29 address the nation through a national broadcast fixed for 7am.

Events for the celebration would be rounded off the same day with a Democracy Dinner/Gala Night that will hold at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja by 6pm.

The usual parade which used to hold at the Eagles Square or the forecourt of the Presidential Villa is not, however, included in the programme for this year.

The Federal Government has set aside N170m to be spent on both Independence Day and Democracy Day this year.

The sum is part of the estimate for the Office of SGF in the 2018 Appropriation Bill presented to the National Assembly.

The nation’s Democracy Day holds on May 29 of every year.

The Punch

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