President Muhammmadu Buhari has announced that henceforth, June 12 will be celebrated as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.
The president announced this in a statement he personally signed Since 1999, Nigeria had been celebrating May 29 as her Democracy Day.
June 12th, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since independence.
Government has decided to award posthumously the highest honour of the land, GCFR, to late Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12th 1993 cancelled elections. His running mate as Vice President, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, is also to be invested with a GCON.
Furthermore, the tireless fighter for human rights and the actualization of the June 12th elections and indeed for Democracy in general, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN is to be awarded the GCON.
The investiture will take place on Tuesday June 12th, 2018 a date which in future years will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.”