President Buhari announces June 12 as Democracy day, Cancels May 29
Nigeria’s Democracy day will be celebrated on June 12 as declared by President Buhari in honor of Moshood Abiola.
This announcement was made on twitter today the 6th of June 2018. In the statement released Buhari also announced a posthumous GCFR, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic on the presumed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election, Moshood Abiola.
Read his tweets below
Dear Nigerians, I am delighted to announce that, after due consultations, the Federal Government has decided that henceforth, June 12 will be celebrated as Democracy Day.
“We have also decided to award posthumously the highest Honour in the land, GCFR, to the late Chief MKO Abiola.
“In the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12, 1993, was and is far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29, or even October 1”
“June 12, 1993 was the day millions of Nigeria expressed their democratic will in the freest, fairest and most peaceful election since our independence. That the outcome of the election was not upheld by the then military govt doesn’t not detract from its democratic credentials”