Nigerians from all works of life have reacted to the passage of a Bill for an Act, recognising June 12 as Democracy day in Nigeria.
President Buhari had on June 6, 2018, announced June 12 as the new date for Democracy Day, which would be celebrated in the country, to honour the winner of the 1993 presidential election, Late. Moshood Abiola.
On Thursday, the Senate concurred with the House of Representatives to allow June 12 fly, as the official date for observing Democracy day celebration in the country.
Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has given thumbs up to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for what he described as the “establishment of June 12th as the real Democracy Day”.
Although Fani-Kayode said he remains an ardent critic of the Buhari administration, he would always commend them for taking a bold step to do what no Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration could do since 1999.
The former minister said even the administration he served between 2003 and 2007 did not consider taking the action.
He wrote on his verified Twitter handle: “I remain an ardent critic of the @MBuhari admin, but there is one thing that I shall always commend them for: the establishment of June 12th as the real Democracy Day. Sadly not one @OfficialPDPNig govt, including the one I served from 2003 till 2007, had the courage to do that.”
On his part, the Senator representing Kaduna central, Shehu Sani, also commended what he described as the “historic passage” of the June 12 bill.
The Lawmaker who described himself as a “front liner” in the 1993 June 12 struggle, dedicated the passage of the bill to “all those who made sacrifices for democracy”.
He wrote: “As a front liner in the 1993 June 12 struggle, I’m pleased and delighted to be part of the historic passage of the June 12 Democracy Day Bill in the Senate today; And this is dedicated to all those who made sacrifices for democracy.”
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