President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday, June 6, announced June 12 as a replacement for May 29 as the new Democracy Day.
The declaration was to honour MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the acclaimed June 12, 1993 election, who was also awarded a post-humors title of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
Many Nigerians have taken to Twitter to commend the President for making the historic move which past presidents, including Olusegun Obasanjo, failed to do.
Some, however, think the declaration is a way to appease the South West region and win their hearts ahead of the 2019 election.
See some of the reactions below:
June 12 now a National Holiday. Bravo!
May I humbly propose a public holiday to mark the end of the Civil War. That way South East 9JA will be able to mourn and remember "Biafrans" & folks like me who's dad & uncle fought on the Nigerian side can remember, mourn slain Nigerians https://t.co/FMHtzL6T2l
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) June 6, 2018
Well done PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI on this well thought out decision… Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria… pic.twitter.com/qOkhWdY06Z
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) June 6, 2018
Daddy Bubu making those South West moves. Democracy Day now June 12. MKO Abiola awarded the highest award in the land GCFR post-humously.
— Ayomide Tayo (@AOT2) June 6, 2018
If you like declare the whole of next week as Democracy Day, follow by the whole of upper week as Sallah, we will say Thank you and vote as the spirit direct. You cannot come and go and be deceiving us with days when the real issues are left untouched.
— Biodun (@amourab) June 6, 2018
Honouring MKO Abiola and June 12 is long overdue and a welcome development but it is only in line with the pretentious nature of Buhari and the APC.
Any person who is deceived with this was deceived long before this: the gift is accepted but the giver is a fraud and rejected.
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) June 6, 2018
Dear failed @MBuhari, declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day is not Nigeria’s main priority at the moment, what is important to Nigerians right now is to provide: 1. Adequate security, 2. revive our ailing economy, 3. fight corruption and not breed corruption. @OfficialPDPNig https://t.co/Keyjt0dIms
— ibu thomas🇳🇬 (@Hailfinger1) June 6, 2018
Some might say this is politics and Buhari is trying to pacify the Yorubas. I honestly don’t care. June 12 should have been our Democracy Day all along. This move is fantastic and must be commended. Well done Buhari 👍🏽
— Dr. Dipo Awojide (@OgbeniDipo) June 6, 2018
Don't be fooled. Buhari's decision to make June 12th Democracy day in commemoration to the late M.K.O Abiola is just a means to an end. It's a ploy to win the southwest and every MKO follower.
2019 is just 6months away.
Stay woke and get your PVCs.
— Quincy Roberts (@quincysings) June 6, 2018
In The News:
FG replaces May 29th with June 12th as Democracy Day, confers highest honour of the land (GCFR) to late Chief M.K.O Abiola
— Jack Obinyan-Buhari (@JackObinyan) June 6, 2018
The former ruling party gramophone will soon tell us they were planning to declare June 12 Democracy Day if they had won 2015 general election, and that they should be given credit for the idea as well.
— Ediong (@Ediong) June 6, 2018
As a fellow Nigerian, what do you think of this move by the president? Do you also think it is a cheap way to score some political points against next year 2019 general elections? Let us have your view below in the comment section.