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Democracy Day commemorates the restoration of democracy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when the newly elected Olusegun Obasanjo took office as the President of Nigeria in May 1999 ending multiple decades of military rule that began in 1966 and had been interrupted only by a brief period of democracy from 1979 to 1983.

Democracy Day is a public holiday in Nigeria. It is held annually on May 29.

Here’s what Nigerians on social media are saying on this year’s Democracy Day.


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