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Senate Passes Bill To Make June 12 Democracy Day

June 12 becomes Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

Funsho Akinwale

The bill seeking to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria was, on Thursday, passed into law by the National Assembly.

The new development is coming five months after the Federal House of Representatives passed the bill and sent it to the senate for approval.

Having passed the bill into law, the three clauses in the Act and the clause carrying May 29 as Democracy Day is now amended to June 12.

Recall President Muhammadu Buhari last year declared Nigeria’s Democracy Day as June 12 against the current arrangement where hand-over ceremony holds on May 29.

This was later followed by a posthumous award bestowed on the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Bashorun Moshood Kolawole Abiola.

The honour, according to political watchers, is the highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The honour is exclusively conferred on presidents and former presidents.

Abiola’s running mate, Babagana Kingibe, was also awarded with the second highest honour of the Grand Commander of the Niger.

Edward Pwajok, one of the lawmakers who sponsored the bill at the Federal House of Representatives, said the pronouncement was timely and good for the nation’s democracy.