BREAKING: President Buhari Moves Democracy Day From May 29 To June 12, Gives Powerful Reasons, Hands Out Major Honours

By Post-Nigeria: June 6, 2018 20:23

BREAKING: President Buhari Moves Democracy Day From May 29 To June 12, Gives Powerful Reasons, Hands Out Major Honours

Emerging report reveals that President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the cancellation of May 29, as the country’s annual Democracy Day, replacing it with June 12, with immediate effect.

Giving reasons for the purported change of Democracy Day, the President argued that June 12, 1993, the date of the election popularly adjudged to be the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history, “was far more symbolic of democracy in the Nigerian context, than May 29, or even October 1.”

President Buhari also announced that MKO Abiola, the winner of the annulled June 12 election, will be posthumously awarded the highest honour in the land, GCFR.

“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”, his tweet read.

President Buhari also conferred a National Honour on Baba Gana Kingibe, and recognised late Gani Fawehinmi for his role in the actualisation of the June 12 election.

“Chief Abiola’s running mate, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, is also to be awarded a GCON.

“Furthermore, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, a tireless fighter for human rights and democracy, and for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993 elections, will be posthumously awarded a GCON.”

Buhari said further, that the June 12, 1993 election was the freest, fairest and most peaceful election since Nigeria’s Independence.

“June 12, 1993, was the day millions of Nigerians expressed their Democratic will in the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our Independence. That the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then Military Government, does not detract from its democratic credentials.”

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