“This is my happiest moment in life. I have just been appointed President of MKO Abiola’s movement all over the country”. “This is coming at a time that is more important to this generation”. All I will say is that whatever you do legitimately, don’t give up, there shall come a day for reward”. “I appreciate president Mohammadu Buhari as I request that he move a step further in declaring chief MKO Abiola the president, at least a president that never ruled”
The was the message of Professor Anthony Kila, a guest On channels Television broadcast news@ ten after President Mohammadu Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as democracy day monitored by urban express news correspondent
President Buhari said Democracy day will now be celebrated on June 12 in a press statement he personally signed.
His Word: “I am delighted to announce that, after due consultations, the Federal Government has decided that henceforth, June 12 will be celebrated as Democracy Day,”
“Nigeria had its, arguably, freest and fairest presidential elections on June 12, 1993. Deemed to have been won by late Moshood Abiola, the election was annulled by the then military ruler General Ibrahim Babangida”
Buhari also announced the conferment of Nigeria’s highest national honour on Abiola while his running mate, Babagana Kingibe and late lawyer and human rights activist Gani Fawehinmi were conferred with the second highest national honour.
“We have also decided to award posthumously the highest Honour in the land, GCFR, to the late Chief MKO Abiola.
“In the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12, 1993, was and is far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29, or even October 1.”
“Chief Abiola’s running mate, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, is also to be awarded a GCON.
“Furthermore, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, a tireless fighter for human rights and democracy, and for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993 elections, will be posthumously awarded a GCON.”