House Of Reps Approves June 12 As New Democracy Day
The House of Representatives on Thursday, December 6, 2018, approved June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and abrogated May 29.
May 29 has been celebrated as Democracy Day since 1999.
But President Muhammadu Buhari, last year declared that June 12 would now be marked as Democracy Day and a day to handover power.
However, the House of Reps’ approval followed the adoption of a report on a bill seeking to amend the Public Holidays Act 2004.
The lawmakers 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.