Buhari declares June 12 Democracy Day to honour Abiola
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that effective 2019 Nigeria’s Democracy Day, marked every May 29 will be shifted to June 12 to honour Moshood Abiola, the winner of the 1993 presidential, The Federal Govt has decided that henceforth, June 12 will be celebrated as Democracy Day. They have also decided to award posthumously the highest Honour in the land, GCFR, to the late Chief MKO Abiola.
Chief Abiola’s running mate, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, is also to be awarded a GCON. Furthermore, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, tireless fighter for human rights & democracy, & for the actualization of the June 12, 1993 elections,will be posthumously awarded a GCON.
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 Nigerians expressed their Democratic will in the freest, fairest & most peaceful elections since our Independence. That the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military Govt does not detract from its democratic credentials.