The Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday hailed the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari declaring June 12 as the New Democracy Day in honour of the late presumed winner of the June 12 1993 Presidential Election, Chief MKO Abiola.
Ambode, lauded the President, saying that the development was a historic and symbolic moment in the nation’s political trajectory.
“This is a welcome development. It is a historic moment in our nation, and I join other Nigerians to commend President Buhari on this announcement.
“By this move, he has done what previous administrations failed to do.
“This not only shows that the president is a man of history and character but also eloquently confirms that the heroes of democracy did not die in vain after all,” Ambode said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna.
Similarly, the Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum has said that the declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy day by President Muhammadu Buhari is a reward for all progressives in the country.
Mr Akin Malaolu, Secretary-General of the forum, said this in a statement applauded the decision of President Buhari to posthumously award Chief M. K. O Abiola with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
Malaolu said the decision and recognition provoked emotions and tears of joy throughout the country, especially in the Western region.
He noted that Abiola was a political figure that was respected by all tribes in the country and across the world in his life time.
” We had this opportunity in 1999 when Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was president, but despite all appeals to him, he turned the teeming masses down.
“But GOD and Allah said that this day shall come and it came without rancour but happiness and warm smiles everywhere.
“Candidly, when the news broke, artisans, market women and workers were in jubilation, commercial drivers and passengers hugged one another with smiles.
“Every word that came out from the jubilant crowd can be interpreted as: do good and good will follow you,” Malaolu said.
He congratulated Nigerians and the victims of brutal killings during the struggle for the actualisation of June 12 in 1993.
He also thanked President Buhari, the Vice President and others, including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the decision.
NAN reports that President Buhari, in a statement, said: “ After due consultations, the Federal Government has decided that henceforth, June 12 will be celebrated as the Democracy Day.
” Therefore, government has decided to award posthumously, the highest honour of the land, GCFR to late Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 cancelled election.
“His running mate as Vice President Amb. Baba Gana Kingibe is also to be honoured with a GCON.”
He also said that the Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi would be posthumously awarded GCON.
The President said the commemoration and investiture would take place on June 12.

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