The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central district in the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has joined other Nigerians to extol the declaration of June 12 as the new Democracy Day.
President Muhammadu Buhari had made the declaration in a statement on Wednesday, in honour of late MKO Abiola – the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election.
He said June 12 would replace May 29 because it was more symbolic, and conferred a posthumous GCFR title on the late businessman and philanthropist.
Commending the development, Senator Sani noted that the 1993 mass action against military dictatorship has been crowned and the recognition should be appreciated.
A co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, described the President’s announcement as “a very welcome gesture”.
Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has also commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for declaring June 12 as the new Democracy Day.
In a statement titled ‘In Celebration of Men of History’ and signed by him on Wednesday, the activist noted that the Federal Government has put an end to the “hypocrisy of May 29” proclaimed since the return to democracy.
She stressed the symbolism of June 12 as huge for Nigeria’s democracy and urged the Federal Government to accord the honour due to Abiola’s wife, Mrs Kudirat, for the family’s sacrifice.
On his part, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Festus Keyamo, took a swipe at the opponents of President Buhari’s administration.
Senator Sani, Dr Ezekwesili, and Mr Keyamo took to Twitter to share their thoughts about the June 12 declaration;
When pple criticise PMB, our opponents tell us to focus on d message & not d motive. Now that PMB has declared June 12 Democracy Day, they are telling us to focus on d motive and not d message. To them, d end justifies d means so long as it takes them back to their looting ways
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) June 7, 2018