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President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo: State House

President Buhari on Thursday directed the Federal Ministry of Justice to take immediate steps to publish the Presidential Order on June 12, as Democracy Day in Nigeria, in the Federal Gazette.

This was made known in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu.

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The statement read: “Following his declaration yesterday that henceforth, June 12, be observed as Democracy Day in Nigeria and that some heroes of democracy be given national honours.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malam Shehu Malami to take immediate steps to publish the Presidential Order in the Federal Gazette as follows:

“Chief MKO Abiola-Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (Posthumous).

“Alhaji Baba Gana Kingibe – Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger.

“Chief Gani Fawehinmi – Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (Posthumous).

“The President also directed that this should be done so that the awards slated for June 12, 2018 can go on as planned.”

Buhari had on Wednesday directed that effective from 2019, Nigerian Democracy Day, marked every May 29 for the past 18 years be shifted to the June 12.