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President Buhari declares June 12 as Democracy Day, honors MKO Abiola with GCFR

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President Buhari declares June 12 as Democracy Day, honors MKO Abiola with GCFR | BellaNaijaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has announced that henceforth, June 12 will be celebrated as the Democracy day in the nation.

June 12, 1993, signifies the date Nigerians presumably voted the late Moshood Abiola as the President of the country, an election that was eventually annulled by the then-Head of State Ibrahim Babangida.

President Buhari wrote on his Twitter:

Dear Nigerians, I am delighted to announce that, after due consultations, the Federal Govt 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.

The president also announced that the late MKO Abiola will be posthumously awarded the country’s highest honor, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR).

It was also announced that his running mate Baba Gana Kingibe will be honored with the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).

The late Gani Fawehinmi, who fought for the actualization of the election, will also be posthumously honored with the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).

A commemoration and investiture of the date as the new Democracy Day will take place on Tuesday, June 12, and will then on replace May 29 as the official Democracy Day.

21 Comments

  1. Dee one

    June 6, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    What prompted this action? I’d like to know. He waited until the May 29 holiday was given before announcing this new one. Double holiday this year I guess. Lol

    • Ade

      June 7, 2018 at 7:44 am

      when you were singing everything na double double, you didn’t know?

    • Lilo

      June 7, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Fiddling while Rome burns…se nkan to kan ni yen?

  2. Miss Smart

    June 6, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    A step in the right direction. Give honour to whom honour is due. MKO Vs Tofa election- with MKO’s overwhelming win, in my opinion is the only free and fair election that has held in Nigeria. MKO was loved by everyone. God bless his family. Tundun and Hafsat are two beautiful ladies with lots of grey matter. I adore both of them.

    • Ovadje

      June 6, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      @Miss Smart, while it was a violence-free election, it was most certainly NOT a free and fair election nor was it democratic by any rational definition of the term. The 2 parties (SDP and NRC) were formed by the military govt (after proscribing the existing freely-formed parties under the transition program), the manifesto of each of the 2 parties were written by civil servants/bureaucrats as per the direction of the military govt – “a little to the left” (SDP) and “a little to the right” (NRC), the primaries run by the parties (which had Musa YarAdua leading the SDP primaries) were cancelled by the military govt and a new so-called Option A4 selection process was devised and supervised by the govt. A free and fair electoral process is much more than what happens on Election Day, and democracy is more than just elections. On both (and frankly all) scores, the June 12 1993 elections FAIL woefully.

      Nonetheless, may the good soul of MKO Abiola continue to rest in eternal peace. He fought the good fight and duly deserves the posthumous honors bestowed upon him.

  3. Tsang

    June 6, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Good move…

  4. Elle

    June 6, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Heya, campaign for South West votes has started. If Nigerians like, let them fall for this and vote in another 4 years of sufferhead and herdsmen killings.

  5. Physio Tinu

    June 6, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    A well thought out and we’ll deserved accolade! Unfortunately people would think it’s cos of coming elections.

    • Malik

      June 6, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Why shouldn’t we? Why did he wait all these years till now?

  6. The Real Oma

    June 6, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    And there goes the SW vote…
    Do I dare hope people will see through this?

  7. nene+

    June 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    No Buhari! MKO, Gani, Kingibe would rather you declare life for the people of Benue. I am not sure the dead would accept your Greek giftss,they would rather you lead your cows out of Olu Falaye’s et al farm. Igbos he will soon Un proscribe IPOB. Beware!! “Once beaten twice shy” Shine your eyes.

  8. Dayo

    June 6, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    OBJ selected May 29 (over June 12) as “Democracy Day” . Now that OBJ has fallen out politically with PMB, his government has decided to change OBJ’s preferred date. Ho childish! But probably the better of the 2 dates.

  9. sunshine

    June 7, 2018 at 4:53 am

    This makes me so happy. Yayyyyyyy!

  10. Toro Akinseye

    June 7, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Thank you Buhari but it is too little too late South Westerners please do not be deceived by this gimmick to vote him in again. Will this give you electricity? Will this give you affordable and safe health services? Will this provide jobs? Will this secure lives? A resounding NO

    • abby

      June 7, 2018 at 9:34 am

      We dey here gidigba…and we see right through this BS! No votes for you Sir!

  11. Ch

    June 7, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Pre-election strategies

  12. Chizon

    June 7, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Pre-election strategies

  13. Tosin

    June 7, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Ha, after this passive loser did zero governing in 2015, after our people suffered so much in 2016, suffering continued 2017, suffering became normal by 2018, they’re now trusting that we won’t remember. Kai. See Naija see addiction to sufferment/sufferness.

  14. Tosin

    June 7, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Maybe we need news with memory. Remind us, what has been our experience of this newly benevolent and active chap? The headlines are there in the archives. PS 2023 fa 🙂

    • The Real Oma

      June 7, 2018 at 10:28 am

      You know Tosin, that’s actually a really good idea; a news of memories. I wish someone with the right acumen and platform would take it up. We need it.

  15. zzzzzzzzzzz

    June 8, 2018 at 10:01 am

    You will be shocked to see that this act will still make some people vote Buhari as unfortunately most Nigerians don’t like to see things strategically, sentiments and tribalism must always come to play.

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