Nigerian Senate Approves June 12 As Democracy Day
Nigerian Senate

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday concurred with the Public Holiday Act (Amendment) Bill, passed by the House of Representatives, which approved June 12 as Democracy Day.

The upper legislative chamber took this decision after a presentation of conference report by the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, at plenary.

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When Senate President Bukola Saraki put the conference report to a voice vote, it was adopted by the lawmakers.

Concise News understands that the lower house had passed the bill on 26 November, 2018.

To this end, May 29 was deleted and replaced with June 12 – the day in 1993 when presidential election was held and adjudged to be the freest in Nigeria’s history.

But the results were annulled by the then Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, who was reported to have polled the highest votes, died on 7 July, 1998, in detention.

As a way of honouring Abiola, 25 years after his death, President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2018, announced that Nigeria’s Democracy Day would hold on 12 June of every year as against May 29.