Breaking: At last, Reps stamp June 12 as Democracy Day

Lessons from M.K.O Abiola
MKO

At last, June 12 has been approved by the House of Representatives as Democracy Day in Nigeria.

Until now, May 29 has remained Democracy Day since 1999.

During plenary on Thursday, Lawmakers in the Green chamber had their way.

Their decision followed the adoption of a report on a bill seeking to amend the Public Holidays Act 2004.

The Reps members approved the amendments to three clauses ‎in the Act, as recommended in the report.

One of the clauses deleted May 29 as Democracy Day and replaced the date with June 12.

The amendment has put an end to age-long dispute that June 12 should be made Democracy Day.

Late Moshood Kashimao Olawale (MKO) Abiola won the freest election conducted in Nigeria’s history on June 12, 1993 and the election was annulled by the military junta of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, IBB.

For decades, activists and human rights bodies have been protesting and canvassing the recognition of Abiola by making June 12 Democracy Day instead of the May 29 instituted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.




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