Democracy Day: Nigeria Has Done Much For MKO, Others – FG

Democracy Day: Nigeria Has Done Much For MKO, Others – FG

The Federal Government has reiterated that much has been done for the winner of the annulled June 12 1993 presidential election, Chief Mashood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, MKO and others who lost their lives during the struggle for Democracy.

The Honourable Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed made this assertion during a press briefing Thursday June 9th, 2022 in Abuja to kick-starts the celebration of year 2022 Democracy Day.

Alhaji Lai while responding to questions from journalists said, “In June 2018, the President signed that henceforth May 29 will no longer be Democracy Day but June 12, and I think the import of that is quiet huge”.

“Between 1999 and 2018, Democracy Day has been celebrated on May 29, simply because that was the day the military hand over power to civilian”.

“Between 1966 and 1999, we actually had mere 6 years of democracy”.

The minister further said that, “1993 was a bloody period in the history of Nigeria and the celebration of Democracy Day is not just a tribute to MKO Abiola, but to the thousands of Nigerians that lost their lives during the struggle for Democracy”

“Therefore, whatever we do today to celebrate that day in memory of MKO and many other heroes of democracy, many Nigerian students, many Nigerians workers that lost their lives, I think it is worth it and it is worth celebrating”.

“And as to whether there is anything concrete we want to do for MKO Abiola, I think we have done much. I am not aware any Nigerian is here today to be celebrated in an event has high as democracy day in addition to the fact that Federal Government has named several institutions after Abiola, and to having declared this day as a public holiday, I think it is the greatest to do for any Nigerian”


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