Breaking: Buhari Declares June 12 As Democracy Day, Announces MKO Abiola As Winner Of 1993 Elections

Published 1 year ago by: Steve Idika
at 12:36 AM, 7/06/2018 (1 year ago)

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President Muhammadu Buhari has declared June 12 as the authentic democracy day, cancelling the May 29 celebration henceforth.

It will be recall that the Social Democratic Party Presidential candidate, late Moshood Abiola won the elections which was later annulled by the former military head of State, General Ibrahim Babanginda.

Mr Abiola was later imprisoned by the Sani Abacha’s military regime as he struggled to actualise his mandate. He died in prison in 1998.

A statement by the Presidency reads: “For the past 18 years, Nigerians have been celebrating May 29th, as Democracy Day. That was the date when for the second time in our history, an elected civilian administration took over from a military government. The first time this happened was on October 21st, 1979. But in the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12th, 1993, was far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29th or even the October 1st,” a statement by the presidency said Wednesday.

“June 12th, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our Independence. The fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military Government does not distract from the democratic credentials of that process.

“Accordingly, after due consultations, the Federal government has decided that henceforth, June 12th will be celebrated as Democracy Day. Therefore, Government has decided to award posthumously the highest ...


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