MKO Abiola
MKO Abiola

MKO ABIOLA: At Last, House Confirmed June 12 As The New Democracy Day



June 12 is now officially recognized as the Nigeria new Democracy Day.

The new Democracy Day on Thursday was approved by the Federal House of Representative during a plenary session at the Green Chamber.

Until now, May 29 has remained Democracy Day since 1999. It is also a hand-over day from one democratically elected government to another.

Their decision is following the adoption of a report on a bill seeking to amend public holidays Act 2004

One of the clauses reportedly retained June 12 as the new Democracy Day in Nigeria.

The amendment has laid to rest agitation that June 12 should be made Democracy Day.

Leading to the approval, President Buhari was during the last June 12 celebration directed the house to shift democracy day to June 12 to honor MKO Abiola.

Abiola was the winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election.

MKO won the election in a free and fair contest but was never officially declared the winner.

And he was not sworn in as the winner by the military regime of President Ibrahim Babaginda before he died in the prison in 1998.

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