Buhari declares Friday public holiday, orders payment of salaries ahead of elections


Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared Friday, Public holiday.

This was disclosed by Buhari’s Special Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmed on Twitter.

According to him, Friday was declared work free day to enable Nigerians prepare for the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly election.

The terse statement reads, “GOOD IDEA: The Federal Government has declared Friday as Workfree Day to enable Nigerians prepare for the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly Elections on Saturday.”

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The Federal Government of Nigeria also has directed the immediate payment of February salaries to enable workers wishing to travel for Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly election to do so without any difficulties.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

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Federal workers usually received their salaries between 25th and 30th of each month.

But, the minister disclosed that already the relevant authorities had been directed to commence the payment of the salaries to the federal workers from February 19.

According to him, this is to enable the civil servants planning to travel for the elections to do so before Saturday.