President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the cancellation of May 29 as the country’s annual Democracy Day and presented June 12 as the new date in which it will be celebrated.
In a tweet by President Buhari on his official handle, he released a statement saying that the annual celebration will now hold on June 12, saying that June 12, 1993, the date of the election popularly adjudged to be the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history “was far more symbolic of democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29 or even October 1”.
Buhari also announced that Chief MKO Abiola, winner of the annulled election, will be posthumously bestowed the highest honour in the land, GCFR.
President Buhari further conferred a national honour on Baba Gana Kingibe and recognised late Gani Fawehinmi for his role in the actualisation of June 12 elections.
See statement below: