President Muhammadu Buhari has announced June 12 as the new date which Democracy Day will be celebrated in Nigeria.
He also conferred a posthumous GCFR title on the presumed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election, Moshood Abiola.
The President in a tweet on his official handle explained why June 12 will replace May 29. He noted that June 12 is a more symbolic day.
President Buhari also conferred a national honor on Baba Gana Kingibe and recognized late Gani Fawehinmi for his role in the actualization of the June 12 elections.
Buhari said further that, June 12, 1993, election was the freest, fairest and most peaceful election since Nigeria’s Independence.
The commemoration and investiture, the President added, will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, “a date which in future years will replace May 29 as a National Public holiday in the celebration of Nigeria’s Democracy Day.”