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Democracy Day: Why celebration will be low-key – Presidency

The fact that he will be marking his first year in office tomorrow, Sunday May 29, President Muhammadu Buhari has opted for a simple, low-keyed style in celebrating this year’s Democracy Day, the presidency has said.

The senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in an interview, explained that said the president is a person who is predisposed to celebrations that are characterised by pomp and pageantry.

The presidential spokesman noted, however, that Buhari will be giving a breakdown of his stewardship in the last one year, particularly in the war against corruption and how far he has achieved as well as the promises he had made to the nation.

He said, “You know that the president is not given to celebrations. He is a very sober person in his makeup. As he did with the 100 day in office, the president is going to sit back and absorb feedback from people on what they are going to be saying about his performance and whether it has been worth it for the people. He is open to ideas; he will do just a few newspapers and radio interviews and he will be reading a speech on that day.

“He will also be giving a breakdown, particularly in the war against corruption and how far he has achieved. This is a promise he has given to the nation. I believe thereafter, they may be a few interactions, perhaps, a photo exhibition which he might be a part of and a meeting with the State House Correspondents. “

Shehu also clarified on the issue bordering on whether or not President Buhari gave his nod to the recent increase in the price of fuel, saying that the Minister of State, Petroleum, Mr Ibe Kachikwu had the blessing of the president.

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