BREAKING: President Tinubu to Address the Nation on Democracy Day

President Bola Tinubu will address the nation in a broadcast on the occasion of Democracy Day at 7am on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

Television, radio, and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to plug in to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) for the broadcast.

On June 7, 2018, former President Muhammadu Buhari directed that the nation’s Democracy Day will henceforth be celebrated on June 12 of every year as against the then arrangement where the ceremony is held on May 29.

Buhari also honoured the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, with the highest national honour of the country: Grand Commander of the Federal Republic.

Buhari said further that the June 12, 1993 election was the freest, fairest, and most peaceful election since Nigeria’s Independence.

He said: “June 12, 1993, was the day millions of Nigerians expressed their Democratic will in the freest, fairest, and most peaceful elections since our Independence.

“That the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military Government does not detract from its democratic credentials.”

President Buhari also conferred a national honour on Abiola’s running mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, and recognised late rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), for his role in the actualisation of the June 12 election.

Abiola died in detention while struggling to actualise his mandate on July 7, 1998.


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