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Nigeria News | Buhari cancels May 29 as Nigeria’s Democracy day, announces new date
Buhari Cancels May 29 >>> President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced the cancellation of May 29 as Nigeria’s annual Democracy Day.
Buhari in a press release on Wednesday night, said the annual celebration will now hold on June 12.
Buhari also announced that MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 election, will be posthumously awarded the highest honour in the land, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR.
Baba Gana Kingibe, Abiola’s running mate has also been conferred the national honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON.
His statement as regarding cancellation of May 29 reads.
“Dear Nigerians, I am delighted to announce that, after due consultations, the Federal Government has decided that henceforth, June 12 will be celebrated as Democracy Day.
“We have also decided to award posthumously the highest Honour in the land, GCFR, to the late Chief MKO Abiola.
“In the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12, 1993, was and is far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29, or even October 1.
“Chief Abiola’s running mate, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, is also to be awarded a GCON.
“Furthermore, from the source; dailypost, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, a tireless fighter for human rights and democracy, and for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993 elections, will be posthumously awarded a GCON.”