May 29 is no longer Democracy Day in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that the historic date, June 12 will henceforth be celebrated as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

June 12, 1993 will never be forgotten for being the day Nigeria held its freest and fairest election ever and elected the late Moshood Abiola as President, but the election was annulled by the then-Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida.

Even in his death, MKO Abiola now gets the highest honour in Nigeria, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) while his running mate, Baba Gana Kingibe will be honored with the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).

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The rights lawyer, late Gani Fawehinmi, who fought for the actualization of the election, will also be posthumously honored with the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).

The forthcoming June 12 has been set as the day for the commemoration and investiture of the date as the new Democracy Day.

Civil society organisations have been calling for this move since the days of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as President without success.

Read the statement by the president:

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