BREAKING: Finally, June 12 replaces May 29 as ‘Democracy Day’

By Editor on 06/12/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 241


With the endorsement of the House of Representatives on Thursday for June 12 to replace May 29 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, the honouring of the claimed winner of the election held on that historic date in 1993, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, may be nearing completion.

What started with President Muhammadu Buhari, last year, setting in motion for the change of date after a national apology to the family of the acclaimed June 12 icon, who died in the Presidential Villa, in 1998, some hours after release from prison, appears to be coming to reality, with the endorsement at the Green Chambers of the National Assembly.

Abiola, who for five years, was detained by the late Nigerian maximum ruler, Sani Abacha, for standing up to the military junta that nullified the election, believed to be the freest and fairest in the Nigerian history, died a month to that of the former despot, after allegedly drinking a cup of tea offered him in the Villa.

Buhari, in acknowledgement of the significance of the event, last year, in a solemn, but elaborate ceremony, declared that June 12 would now be marked as Democracy Day and a day to handover power.

He subsequently sent a bill for that purpose to the National Assembly and with the House’s approval followed the adoption of a report on a bill seeking to amend the Public Holidays Act 2004, a concurrence by the Senate, may be all that would be required to complete the process.

The lawmakers approved the amendments to three clauses ‎in the Act, as recommended in the report, with one of the clauses deleting May 29 as Democracy Day and replacing it with June 12.

The annulment of the June 12 election by former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida,  had led to intense protest by pro-democracy advocates, with then National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), acting as the arrowhead for the validation of the mandate, and swearing in of Abiola, a demand, which only died down with the death of the late business mogul.

Since then, other activists had canvassed the recognition of Abiola by making June 12 Democracy Day instead of the May 29, a situation which brought them on collision with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.





Posted on December, 6 2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

You may also like...
BREAKING: Djokovic inflicts defeat on Murray, grabs first...

Uboh, Friesland ecstatic as Nigeria host Int’l powerlifting...

FG to PDP: We can do with less...

Oyo Speaker's demise shocks Gov Ajimobi *Three days...

Christmas day tragedy: 92 perish in plane crash...

Federer dusts Nadal, crowned Shanghai King

Herdsmen attack: Buhari approves N10billion to rebuild destroyed...

APC to Atiku: Congratulations, but Nigeria doesn’t need...

Ahead NSF Elections: Nigerian Wrestlers drum support for...
Latest News Buhari hosts judges at Aso Rock *Says, I have no problem with you Atiku to Bulkachuwa: You’re a woman of rare courage, I don’t doubt your integrity BREAKING: Bulkachuwa quits at last *Says, Atiku is wrong, but, I leave for 'personal reasons' TRAGEDY: After stabbing girlfriend, angry man attacks church, kills three worshipers BREAKING: Buhari’s minister to work till last day Anxiety, over police arrest of REC, two others, for electoral fraud Buhari moves to end Lagos agony *Orders immediate clearance of Apapa gridlock Teens who stabbed schoolboy then filmed him dying on Snapchat jailed for 71 years Acting CJN going? Faces Onnoghen treatment for cheating on age No room for negotiation with US – Iranian President


Most Read BREAKING: Atiku defects to APGA *Picks ticket for 2019 presidency *Runs with Soludo (56,933 views) BREAKING: Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar clinch final Ballon d'Or shortlist, Suarez snubbed (37,969 views) You must release Kanu, give us justice or we keep bombing – Gen. Ben (25,882 views) Seven 'killer' SARS officers arrested in Anambra for murder (23,448 views) I must redeem Ndigbo or die trying – Nwodo *We're quite uncomfortable in Nigeria (21,896 views) Biafra: I’ll lead negotiation with agitators – Okorie *Warns against force (15,005 views) Okorie to Buhari: Your gvt can’t be killing Ndigbo and offering B’Haram amnesty (14,611 views) BREAKING: Upset, as Ugwuanyi appoints Queen of 419 into cabinet (14,261 views) BREAKING: Again DSS shuns court order, hedges on Kanu's release (13,501 views) Catholic bishops to Mbaka: Your prophesies could be brain wave (12,469 views)


News Appointments (219) Business (301) Crime (936) Economy (523) Education (207) Entertainment (177) Fashion and Style (51) General (411) Health (421) Inside Africa (308) Interviews (20) National (1129) Politics (3055) Press Releases (3) Religion (184) Security (1409) Sports (2303) Technology (27) World News (533)


CBN banner advert

Chelsea Outdoor

Veleta banner

FRSC Officials vs Woman Driver on highway



Newsletters Subscribe to Whirl Wind News newsletters today and get breaking news and updates delivered to your mailbox!

Sign up