Why June 12 Was Declared Democracy Day. President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, declared June 12 Democracy Day, reverting May 29th which has been a public Holiday since 1999. Similarly, Buhari handed Late Chief MKO Abiola the GCFR award, an honor given only to Presidents.
In the same announcement, Babagana Kingibe, Late MKO Abiola’s running mate in the 1993 elections also will get the award of GCON, an award usually given to Vice Presidents.
Late lawyer and human rights crusader, Chief Gani Fawehinmi to get a posthumous award of GCON.
President Buhari Declares June 12 Democracy Day
The above submissions were contained in a Press Statement signed by President Buhari on Wednesday June 6, 2018. Read full press release below.
Why June 12 Was Declared Democracy Day
While it might be hard to ascertain the real reason why the Commander in-Chief made this sudden change in Nigeria’s democracy day, many have attributed it to a political play.
Comments from political analysts have revealed that President Buhari most likely changed Democracy day from May 29th to June 12th not just only to honour late MKO Abiola but to “Win the Hearts and votes of the Southwest Yoruba“.
Reno Omokri Reacts To Democracy Day Change
Aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan and a big critic of the Buhari-led administration, Reno Omokri, in his usual fashion, took to twitter to react to the announcement.
Nigerians React As Buhari Changes Democracy Day to June 12
Likewise, Nigerians have taken to the social media to air their views about the Executive order by President Buhari to award late MKO Abiola, the posthumous GCFR honor.
The have also made comments about the changes pertaining to the Democracy Day.
See how Nigerians are reacting below.