WAELE AFRICA Foundation Wishes Nigerians Happy Democracy Day
WAELE AFRICA Foundation Wishes To Congratulate All Nigerians On Witnessing Another Democracy Day Celebration.
About June 12 In Nigeria
To give recognition to the much-talked about date, President Muhammadu
Buhari on June 10, 2019 signed the June 12 bill into law thereby
putting it in the national gazette for documentation. According to his
National Assembly Liaison Officer, Senator Ita Enang, Buhari thus
signed into the law the Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill. The new law
accommodates June 12 as a public holiday in Nigeria, replacing May 29.
The history of democracy in Nigeria cannot be said to be complete
without the mentioning of the June 12 elections held in 1993 and won
by the late business mogul and philanthropist, Bashorun MKO Abiola of
blessed memory. June 12 is a watershed in Nigerian democracy. It was
the day Nigerians set aside religious, tribal, cultural and political
differences to cast their votes for a joint Muslim/Muslim ticket
represented by Abiola and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe. People were
killed, schools and markets were closed, democracy activists went into
exile and eventually, MKO Abiola died on July 7, 1998, four years
after his incarceration by the Sani Abacha government.
Majority of Nigerians believed that the Federal Government has done
well by declaring June 12 as democracy day in honour of the late
Abiola who is regarded as the martyr and symbol of democracy not only
in Nigeria but Africa.