President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the democracy day be changed from the usual May 29 to June 12, the day the Presidential election of 1993 was annulled.
The President did not just announce a new day for this celebration but also decided to honour the then president-elect, his running mate, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe and the late human right activist Gani Fawehinmi.
The Federal Government is set to honour Chief Moshood Abiola with the highest National Honour, the Grand Commander of the Federal republic, while Kingibe and Fawehinmi are to be conferred with the second highest national honour, the Grand Commander of the Niger. This will take place on June 12 according to the stamen released by the president.
The Presidential statement
After this announcement there was mix reactions to it, the socio-cultural group, Afenifere hailed the declaration of June 12 as democracy day and urged the Federal Government to go a step further by recognising the late abiola as a former elected president of Nigeria.
The group’s spokesman, Yinka Odumakin said the government should demonstrate its decision was not a political gimmick by ensuring that “the spirit of June 12 prevails”.
Also the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa released a statement to thank the president for the recognition of an illustrious son of Ogun State and an icon of their democratic struggle.
He said this while speaking with premium times reporters, Belgore said the National honours cannot be given to dead people, except they are soldiers or other service men.
The PDP also described the action as a political gimmick calculated for 2019 elections.
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