Today’s Democracy Day celebrations kicked off in Ibadan with an unusual all-night heavy rainfall across major parts of the city.
While it started as early as 1am in some areas, it started around 4am in most parts and ended around 8 in the morning.
Celebrations this years were on a low key as a result of the security situation in the country as well as global outrage concerning the missing girls that sparked the viral #BringBackOurGirls global campaign.
In his address to the nation, Nigeria’s president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said the nation is marking 15 years of uninterrupted democratic governance.
“Our dear nation, Nigeria, has certainly come a long way and made notable progress since our first Democracy Day on May 29, 1999 when the military finally relinquished power and handed over to a democratically-elected government, marking the true beginning of a government of the people, by the people, for the people,,” President Jonathan said.
The streets in Ibadan are largely empty and deserted except popular relaxation centers including the Heritage and Cocoa Malls which are a beehive of activities.
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