President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law a bill making June 12 of every year a national public holiday and Democracy Day.
He assented to bill on Monday in his office at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The enactment of the June law does not, however, alter the status of May 29 as Inauguration Day for new administrations but it will not now be a public holiday.
The federal government had made the inauguration of President Buhari for a second term a low key affair to enable it to celebrate June 12 as Democracy Day.
The proclamation of June 12 as the new democracy day is in honour of late Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election.