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IBB Defends Annulling June 12 Election again
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IBB Defends Annulling June 12 Election again

Former military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) has again defended annulling the June 12 general election. Recall that Late MKO Abiola is adjudged to have won the election which many say was free and fair. In a new interview on Channels Television on Monday August 16, IBB stated that he did the right thing and also what was in the best interest of the country. He said;   “It is a decision we took. I had to take that decision. I did that to the best of my knowledge, in the interest of the country. “I did the right thing. I can sit back and say some of the things I said manifested after I had left. We had the coup, and that coup lasted for five years.”
Breaking: Security Operatives Take Over Lagos Protest Ground
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Breaking: Security Operatives Take Over Lagos Protest Ground

Security operatives on Saturday surrounded the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos, where Nigerian youths had planned to stage the June 12 protest. It was gathered that three Hilux Vehicles and two armoured tanks were spotted at the scene. A further report had it that security operatives hindered three people from accessing the park. At the scene of the protest was an armoured tank and five Hilux Vehicles patrolled the area. The Lagos State Police Command had earlier stated it is unaware of any planned protests by any group/groups on June 12 Democracy Day. It promised residents of the state of safety during the June 12 celebrations. The spokesman of the command, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Friday. The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu...
Nigerians Blast Abiola’s Son, Jamiu Abiola Over Comment About Buhari & MKO
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Nigerians Blast Abiola’s Son, Jamiu Abiola Over Comment About Buhari & MKO

Jamiu Abiola, son of MKO Abiola, has come under heavy attack from Nigerians for saying that President Muhammadu Buhari has same agenda as his father. Speaking in a recent interview to mark the Democracy Day, Jamiu had angered Nigerians when he said “My father and this President primarily have the same objective.” Some of Nigerians who expressed their anger on Twitter said if Jamiu’s words were true, it was all thanks to God his father never ruled the country. For some others, Jamiu is a disappointment to his father for making such assertion. Here are some reactions: @Angelsgo2, “Thank God your father never became president.” @Nj99625368, “If the agenda your father had was to make Nigeria insecure for its citizens, then no wonder Babangida did not allow him to have a taste...
June 12: Governor Akeredolu Grants Amnesty To 28 Inmates In Ondo
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June 12: Governor Akeredolu Grants Amnesty To 28 Inmates In Ondo

Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has granted amnesty to 28 inmates of the Nigeria Correctional Custodial Centres in the state. Olusegun Ajiboye, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, in a statement in Akure on Thursday, said the gesture was in commemoration of the 2020 Democracy Day celebrated on June 12. Mr Ajiboye said this was in exercise of the powers conferred on the governor by Paragraph (d) of sub-section (1) of Section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended. “Governor Akeredolu ordered that 13 of the inmates be discharged out of the facility accordingly and forthwith. “While 10 on death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment and 5 on life imprisonment were commuted to various terms of imprisonment. “The 13 ...
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This is Not the Democracy we Fought for – Gani Adams

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams has said the struggles to free Nigerians from bondage will continue until the country is restructured. Adams said this in his June 12 message, describing the June 12, 1993 annulled election as the most defining moment in Nigeria’s history. In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, Adams lamented that democracy was yet to take its roots in Nigeria despite the sacrifices of the activists. According to him, democracy in Nigeria is evolving but not what was fought for during June 12 struggle. He, however, expressed optimism that Nigeria can progress when federating states develop at their own pace. The statement read in part: “When the federating units are allowed to develop at their own pace, there will ...
Full Speech Of President Buhari’s Democracy Day Address On June 12, 2020
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Full Speech Of President Buhari’s Democracy Day Address On June 12, 2020

ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY MUHAMMADU BUHARI PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPURLIC OF NIGERIA DURING THE (2020 DEMOCRACY DAY) STATE HOUSE, ABUJA) 12TH JUNE, 2020 Fellow Nigerians, The 2020 celebration of Democracy Day marks 21 year of uninterrupted civil administration in our dear country. This day provides us an opportunity to reflect on our journey as a nation, our achievements and struggles. 2. It is a day to honour our founding fathers who toiled to establish our republic and every Nigerian who has worked tirelessly to sustain it. 3 We are celebrating this year's Democracy Day despite the COVID nineteen pandemic which afflicts our nation and the whole world. 4 It is indeed a very difficult time for everyone especially those who have lost loved ones to the virus and those who...
June 12: Tinubu Warns Against Dictatorship
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June 12: Tinubu Warns Against Dictatorship

The National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has warned against the return of Nigeria to dictatorial rule. He gave the warning in his Democracy Day message titled, ‘June 12: A milestone for democracy’ on Thursday. MCI reports that the Federal Government had declared a public holiday in commemoration of the democracy day and announced that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would be addressing the nation on Friday (tomorrow). Tinubu, who said the election of June 12, 1993 changed Nigeria profoundly, noted that many people laboured, struggled, and sacrificed for democracy in Nigeria. He said, “They fought not that we would have democracy day but that Nigeria might exist as a democracy every day. “In our democratic system, nobody ca...
June 12: Nigeria Must be Restructured to Federating Units – Gani Adams Explodes
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June 12: Nigeria Must be Restructured to Federating Units – Gani Adams Explodes

To free Nigerians from “bondage”, Nigeria must be restructured into federating units. This is according to the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, in a statement sent to DAILY POST on Thursday in commemoration of the June 12, 1993, anniversary. He expressed joy that part of the dreams of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), has been realized with the official naming of June 12 as the Democracy Day. Adams, however, regretted that despite the sacrifices of the activists and pro-democracy groups, democracy is yet to take its root in Nigeria. He stated that Nigeria can only get it right with true federalism, pointing out that the only way out of the political logjam is to let the federating states develop at their own pace. Adams noted that when federating units are ...
FG Declares June 12 Public Holiday, To Mark Democracy Day
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FG Declares June 12 Public Holiday, To Mark Democracy Day

The Federal Government has declared Friday, June 12, 2020 as public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day Celebration. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by his Permanent Secretary and congratulated Nigerians at home and abroad for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country. Aregbesola commended the heroes of democracy for their dogged determination and sacrifice which gave birth to Democratic Governance in Nigeria. He then appealed to all Nigerians to cherish these selfless efforts and collaborate with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to ensure the realization of the democratic ideals which these Patriots fought for, with their lives. The Minister who reassure...
President Buhari To Broadcast Npower Volunteers Batch (A) Absorption On June 12
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President Buhari To Broadcast Npower Volunteers Batch (A) Absorption On June 12

President Muhammadu Buhari will on June 12 broadcast to the nation the absorption of NPower volunteers corps batch A into the federal civil service. The official source from the presidency says Mr. President himself Will make official in his official broadcast to the nation to mark the 2020 democracy day celebrations. . The linked information says volunteers Will proccede to federal secretariat in their receptive states to enroll in IPPIS as from 1st of July 2020 for capturing. The message urged all the volunteers to get the following original and photocopies of their documents ready for sighting: NYSC BSc, HND, SSCE Print out of npower form Letter of assumption of duty duly signed by volunteer's head of PPA. State and local government identification letters Names of thr...
Dahiru Saleh, The Judge Who Annulled June 12 Election Is Dead
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Dahiru Saleh, The Judge Who Annulled June 12 Election Is Dead

Dahiru Saleh, the judge who pronounced the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, is dead. Details of his death are sketchy but TheCable understands that he died in Bauchi state and would be buried in his hometown of Azare, still in Bauchi on Thursday evening. Until his death, he held the title of “Mutawallen” of Katagum emirate in Bauchi. He was the chief judge of the federal capital territory (FCT) high court. June 12, 1993 election was adjudged as one of the most credible in the history of the country. MKO Abiola, the Social Democratic Party candidate, defeated Bashir Tofa, his National Republican Convention rival, by a wide margin but the exercise was cancelled ahead of the final announcement of results. This threw the country into months of chaos as p...
Abiola Taught Me To Fish In International Waters – Dele Momodu
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Abiola Taught Me To Fish In International Waters – Dele Momodu

Celebrity publisher, Dele Momodu, has said that he would always be grateful to the late winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola. Mr Momodu, publisher of Ovation Magazine, said this on Tuesday in reaction to a tweet. “I will always thank CHIEF MOSHOOD KASHIMAWO OLAWALE ABIOLA for teaching me how to fish in international waters instead of swimming in the purified local waters,” he said. Abiola won the 1993 presidential election which was annulled by former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida. In May 1988, Momodu got his first job as staff writer with African Concord magazine, owned by late Abiola. A year later, Momodu was transferred to Weekend Concord as a pioneer staff. He rose to the position of literary editor May 1989 and within six month...
Obasanjo Should Explain Why He Failed To Attend May 29, June 12 Events – Garba Shehu
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Obasanjo Should Explain Why He Failed To Attend May 29, June 12 Events – Garba Shehu

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, will explain why he refused to attend the May 29 and June 12 state functions in the country, the Nigerian Presidency has said. While President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated for another term of four years on May 29, the nation celebrated the democracy day on June 12. Mr Obasanjo did not attend the two events. He is not the only past leader to have stayed away from the state functions. The president’s predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan; former military leaders; Ibrahim Babangida and Abdusalam Abubakar were all absent during the celebrations which held at the Eagle Square. While Yakubu Gowon, former military leader, attended the president’s inauguration, he however stayed away during the democracy day celebration. The presidency in a stateme...
June 12 Was More Credible Than 2019 Presidential Election – Jeremiah Useni
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June 12 Was More Credible Than 2019 Presidential Election – Jeremiah Useni

Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and Plateau State governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Gen. Jeremiah Useni (rtd) has said June 12 presidential election was more credible that the 2019 presidential polls. He noted that the adoption of June 12 as Democracy Day was long overdue, adding that it wasn’t an APC affair. Useni stated this on Friday after hearing on his governorship petition at the tribunal sitting in Jos, Plateau State. “To me, the June 12 election was more credible than the 2019 presidential election. We should have being celebrating June 12 long time ago as our democracy day.I am in PDP and I don’t want people to take June 12 as an APC affair, everybody knows what happened.” Gen. Useni noted that he was one of the...
June 12: Honouring MKO Abiola By Buhari Is To Obasanjo’s Shame – Fayose
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June 12: Honouring MKO Abiola By Buhari Is To Obasanjo’s Shame – Fayose

Former Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose has commended President Buhari for Honouring Late MKO Abiola stating that the move is to Obasanjo's shame. Fayose stated this in a series of tweets he made this evening via his official twitter handle. Read Below:- Honouring MKO Abiola by President Buhari is to Obasanjo's shame. It remains a sore-point of his political history that because of ego, Obasanjo, who's the greatest beneficiary of the June 12, 1993 struggle failed to honour his kinsman, MKO Abiola. So, I commend President Buhari.
I Will Assemble A Strong Team Of Ministers For Next Level – Buhari
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I Will Assemble A Strong Team Of Ministers For Next Level – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration would assemble a strong team of Nigerians and allies to implement transformative plans and proposals to reposition Nigeria’s workforce for the modern technological age. President Buhari said this in his speech at the June 12, 2019 National Democracy Day in Abuja on Wednesday. He said that toward that end, his administration would ensure significant focus, provide resources, and where necessary, reform in tertiary and technical education. “Over the next four years, we are committed to assembling a strong team of Nigerians, and allies, to implement our transformative plans and proposals. “We will see significant focus, resource and, where necessary reform, in tertiary and technical education to reposition Nigeria’s workforce ...
Tinubu Asked Abacha To Make Him A Commissioner In Lagos – Kola Abiola
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Tinubu Asked Abacha To Make Him A Commissioner In Lagos – Kola Abiola

Twenty-six years after the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, which was won by Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, his first son and present head of the extended Abiola family, Kola Abiola, has opened up on his father’s struggle to win the election and reclaim his mandate after the results were cancelled. In this exclusive interview with The Sun team in his Lagos residence, he revealed what transpired behind the scenes before, during and after the annulled election and the role played by different persons and interest groups. He said, contrary to widely held beliefs, Abiola never nominated anybody into the regime of the late General Sani Abacha, and explained that some of his father’s former allies who chose to serve the late dictator had already decid...
June 12: It’s National Tragedy Celebrating Democracy Day Under Buhari – PDP
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June 12: It’s National Tragedy Celebrating Democracy Day Under Buhari – PDP

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said that it is a national tragedy that the national Democracy Day is being celebrated under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration that has allegedly desecrated all the democratic values and despoiled the electoral processes just to have itself in office. Greeting Nigerians on democracy day, the party said that President Buhari’s speech clearly shows a disregard for the tenets of democracy as he had no clear commitments or assurances on fundamental issues of constitutionality, rule of law, separation of power, justice, fairness, free speech and rights of citizens, which are the hallmarks of democracy. PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan urged Nigerians to use the occasion ...
We’ll Take 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty – Buhari
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We’ll Take 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised the APC government will take 100 million Nigerians from poverty to prosperity in the next 10 years. Buhari disclosed this in his opening speech at the inaugural June 12, Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday in Abuja. The President said that his administration would ensure rapid and positive growth in the economy to move Nigeria away from poverty. “Our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to grow by 2.7 per cent this year. “Our external reserve has risen to 45 billion dollars enough to finance over nine months of current equal commitments. “This administration has laid a foundation of taking bold steps in transforming our country and delivering our people from shackles of poverty. “First we will take steps in integrating th...
How Buhari Indirectly Recognised MKO Abiola As Ex-President – Osoba Speaks
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How Buhari Indirectly Recognised MKO Abiola As Ex-President – Osoba Speaks

Punch Metro reports that a former Ogun State governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba, has said that the recognition of June 12 as National Democracy Day by President Muhammad Buhari indirectly recognised MKO Abiola as a past president of Nigeria. Osoba said this during the celebration of the first National Democracy Day on Wednesday in Abuja. He said that the Day was significant as past presidents from 1999 had refused to recognise the day or Abiola’s sacrifices for Nigeria’s democracy. He said that the late Abiola, who refused to surrender his mandate, suffered and died in the struggle for democracy for the country. “I have a lot of very bad memories about June 12, as a lot of people lost their lives for the struggle, a lot of families also suffered incurable damages, also a lot of peo...
Nigeria worse off than in 1993 — MKO Abiola’s son
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Nigeria worse off than in 1993 — MKO Abiola’s son

Abdulmumuni, son of the late Chief MKO Abiola, has bemoaned the lack of progress in the country since 1993. Speaking on the June 12 (Democracy Day) the late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola’s son lamented that the education and health sectors had collapsed. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed into law the Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill, making June 12 a public holiday in the country. It also becomes the country’s official Democracy Day, replacing May 29, which hitherto was a public holiday. The President took the decision to honour the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, MKO Abiola. But Abdulmumuni said June 12 should be a day of national sober reflection for Nigerians as the “people are getting poorer and the poverty rate is increasing”.
Why We Are Celebrating Democracy Day On June 12 – Osinbajo
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Why We Are Celebrating Democracy Day On June 12 – Osinbajo

The Federal Government’s decision to celebrate Democracy Day on June 12 henceforth attest to the Buhari administration’s commitment to progressive ideals, especially as it relates to the political history of the country. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, gave the hint Tuesday when he received at the Presidential Villa, Mr Aristobulo Isturiz, the Vice President of Venezuela, who is leading the country’s delegation to Nigeria’s Democracy Day celebration. Vice President Isturiz is among world leaders at the head of their countries’ delegation attending Nigeria’s 2019 Democracy Day activities in Abuja. Explaining that the Buhari administration believes in resolving some of the issues around the annulled June 12 1993 presidential election, the Vice President added that “One of the...
Kwara State Governor,  Abdulrazaq Shifts Democracy Day Celebrations To June 14
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Kwara State Governor, Abdulrazaq Shifts Democracy Day Celebrations To June 14

Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has shifted activities commemorating the June 12 Democracy Day in the state to Friday June 14. In a statement, chief press secretary to the governor Rafiu Ajakaye said “this to enable state governors, including Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on the invitation of the Federal Government, to join Mr. President and over 80 foreign leaders and dignitaries at the inaugural national commemoration of the day in the capital Abuja. “What this means is that the event slated for the Metropolitan Square and State Banquet in Ilorin will now hold on Friday 14th June instead of Wednesday, June 12. “Kwara will nonetheless observe the national holiday slated for June 12 as earlier announced by the Federal Government. There will be no new holiday on ...
May 29 And June 12 Declared As Public Holidays
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May 29 And June 12 Declared As Public Holidays

The minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has just finished addressing a press conference that was broadcast live by the NTA, Radio Nigeria and Voice of Nigeria. He said: 1) President Buhari will be sworn in on May 29th. 2) The inauguration will be a low key event. 3) All the foreign dignitaries that would have been invited to attend the inauguration will be invited to attend an event on June 12 (Democracy Day). 4) Both May 29 and June 12 are public holidays.  
Nigerian Senate Passes Bill Recognizing June 12 As ‘Democracy Day’
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Nigerian Senate Passes Bill Recognizing June 12 As ‘Democracy Day’

The Nigerian Senate has passed the Public Holiday Act Amendment Bill to recognise June 12 as the new Democracy Day. The bill was passed almost one year after President Buhari announced that the date would replace May 29 for Nigerians to commemorate the return to the civilian government. While some members of the National Assembly had criticised the President that Democracy Day cannot be changed by just a declaration, others commended his decision. President Buhari’s declaration was later approved in the Senate by an act of parliament after the lawmakers considered the bill seeking to amend the Public Holiday Act on Thursday. The bill, which is in concurrence with that of the House of Representatives, will now be forwarded to the President for assent. President Buhari had on June...
Buhari’s Swearing In To Be Low Key, Moves ‘Major’ Events To June 12
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Buhari’s Swearing In To Be Low Key, Moves ‘Major’ Events To June 12

President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration for a second term on May 29, will be a low-key affair, as a number of the events slated for the inauguration will now be held during the first observance of June 12 as the National Democracy Day, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced. Lai told State House reporters that the decision to have a low-key inauguration for the President was taken at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, 8 May 2019. He said, however, that invitations have been sent to all world leaders to attend the ceremonies marking the observance of the Democracy Day on June 12. ”Since the first observance of June 12 as Democracy Day falls into an election year, and as a measure to sustain June 12 as Democracy Day,...
Nobody Wants To Give Me Credit For June 12 ’93 Election, Says Babangida
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Nobody Wants To Give Me Credit For June 12 ’93 Election, Says Babangida

General Ibrahim Babangida, Nigeria's former Head of State, has said nobody gave him credit for the June 12, 1993 presidential election. He stated this in an exclusive interview with The Crest. Babangida spoke of the intricacies surrounding the election, and the details of what led to the annulment. His words: "I think people who said that have not been fair to me because when we started the transition programme, I was in the media; I said we will be doing it step by step, by learning. Wherever we met a hiccup, we will stop, change it and move again. On this, I was honest with Nigerians. I told them that, and they would have judged me with what I said on that particular issue. But everybody wanted the military to just leave. But I did say it, that in the process of implementati...
Atiku Represents Spirit Of June 12 – Gbenga Daniel
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Atiku Represents Spirit Of June 12 – Gbenga Daniel

The former Governor of Ogun State and Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization (APCO), Otunba Gbenga Daniel has stated that the joint sacrifices of Late Chief MKO Abiola and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in 1993 metamorphosed into the current stable democracy Nigeria enjoys. Otunba Daniel made this assertion while delivering the keynote address at the City People Magazine’s 22nd anniversary lecture in Lagos on Sunday tagged “Nigeria: the bumpy road to 2019” While chronicling the journey of Nigeria from the pre and post colonial era, the former governor stated that the episode of the annulled June 12 election in 1993 ushered in the return to civilian rule in 1999 as the military realized that the only way to console Nigerians and bring back the confidence in the fe...
Reps Pass Bill To Make June 12 A National Holiday
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Reps Pass Bill To Make June 12 A National Holiday

The House of Representatives Thursday passed through Second reading a bill to make June 12 a national holiday in the country. The proposed legislation titled: “A bill for an act to amend the Public Holidays Act, Cap. P40 Laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times and to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and for related matter,” was sponsored by Hons. Edward Pwajok (APC Plateau) and Kayode Oladele (APC Ogun). Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 a national holiday on June 6 this year. Pwajok while presenting the bill said Countries set aside some days to commemorate special events such as celebrating their independence, Religious festivals, some heroes etc. “For...
How We Stopped The Military From Burying MKO Abiola In 1998 – Sowore Reveals
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How We Stopped The Military From Burying MKO Abiola In 1998 – Sowore Reveals

Omoyele Sowore has made a revelation about the events surrounding the burial of MKO Abiola many years ago. According to him, the Nigerian military wanted to bury the late politician, but he and many other young people stopped the military from doing so. The controversial owner of SaharaReporters made the claim on his Facebook page. Read below: "In 1998 after the “sudden death” of Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola’s the winner of the June 12 1993 election, a group of young people massed at his residence, Ikeja Lagos primarily to prevent the military from attending and conducting his burial. It was a great battle as some members of Chief Abiola’s family felt our siege was bad for business. "However, we stood our ground insisting that nothing but a critical mass movement t...
Dele Momodu Shares Throwback Picture Of Himself And Late MKO Abiola On His Wedding Day
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Dele Momodu Shares Throwback Picture Of Himself And Late MKO Abiola On His Wedding Day

Media mogul, Dele Momodu is celebrating June 12 with a throwback picture of his wedding day in 1992. He shared the picture with caption; ‘CHIEF M.K.O ABIOLA in a chat with me & CHIEF CHRIS OKUNOWO after my wedding to MOBOLAJI ADARAMAJA, December 19, 1992, in Ijebu Ode. My father-in-law CHIEF AKIN ADARAMAJA (S.A.N) had handed my wife to CHIEF ABIOLA in Ijebu Igbo. We were joined by KOLA ABIOLA, my friend & brother.’
I’m Surprised President Buhari Changed Democracy Day – FFK
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I’m Surprised President Buhari Changed Democracy Day – FFK

One of President Buhari’s critics, Femi Fani Kayode is out on Twitter praising the President for changing Nigeria’s democracy day fro May 29th to June 12. FFK who on a daily basis criticize the President wrote; ‘’ I commend @MBuhari for announcing June 12th as our new Democracy Day. This is long overdue and I am pleasantly surprised.I also commend him for honoring Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the June 12th 1993 presidential election, with the posthumus award of GCON.This is great news!’’
President Buhari Declares June 12 Democracy Day, Confers Posthumous GCFR On Abiola
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President Buhari Declares June 12 Democracy Day, Confers Posthumous GCFR On Abiola

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced June 12 as the new date which Democracy Day will be celebrated in Nigeria. The President also announced that he has conferred a posthumous GCFR title on the late Chief Moshood Abiola. The President in a tweet on his official handle explained why June 12 will replace May 29. He noted that June 12 is a more symbolic day. His Tweet read; “Dear Nigerians, I am delighted to announce that, after due consultations, the Federal Government has decided that henceforth, June 12 will be celebrated as Democracy Day. “We have also decided to award posthumously the highest Honour in the land, GCFR, to the late Chief MKO Abiola. “In the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12, 1993, was and is far more symbolic of Democracy in th...
Opadokun Vows To Drag Al-Mustapha To Court Over Bribery Allegations
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Opadokun Vows To Drag Al-Mustapha To Court Over Bribery Allegations

Chief Ayo Opadokun, a former Secretary-General of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), on Tuesday said he is in talks with his lawyers to charge Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha (rtd), a former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, to court over the bribery allegations he (Al- Mustapha) leveled against him and some Yorba leaders. Speaking in an interview in his Akoka, Yaba residence, Opadokun who accused Al- Mustapha of trying to cause confusion amongst Yoruba leaders said the former CSO was trying to use the annual commemoration of June 12 to make himself relevant. Al-Mustapha while addressing said Chief Ayo Opadokun and some other Yoruba leaders knew Abiola’s killers and even took bribe from them. Al-Mustapha, while addressing journalists shortly after a m...
Kogi Govt Calls For Senator Dino Melaye’s Arrest
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Kogi Govt Calls For Senator Dino Melaye’s Arrest

A socio-political group, Kogi Development Agenda, KDA, has called on security operatives in the country to “immediately arrest the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye and charge him for an unlawful assembly which led to the lives of some Nigerians”. Addressing journalists in Lokoja over the weekend, the association’s Publicity Secretary, Isah Mohammed, said the “Dino example” is capable of plunging the state into “unimaginable depth of violence if certain steps are not taken to prove no one is bigger than the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”. In his words, “It is an appalling scenario for Dino Melaye, a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to gather people together, insult constituted authorities and make unfounded allegations against the Governor; cause...
June 12: Al-Mustapha Blocked Pope From Convincing Abacha To Free Abiola – Falana
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June 12: Al-Mustapha Blocked Pope From Convincing Abacha To Free Abiola – Falana

Human rights lawyer Femi Falana on Monday revealed how chief security officer to Sani Abacha, Hamza Mustapha, blocked late Pope John Paul, from convincing the late military head of state from releasing MKO Abiola. He also called Al-Mustapha a “pathological liar” for claiming that he had tapes of how the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, was murdered. Falana, who was at the June 12 anniversary organised by the Ondo State Government in Akure, said the former CSO was trying to act as if he was nice to Abiola even when he made sure the latter was kept in detention under a “horrendous prison condition”. His words: “When the Pope Paul, visited Nigeria, he had almost persuaded Abacha to free Abiola and other prisoners, Al-Mustapha who was watching the meeting th...
June 12: Let’s Protect Nation’s Democracy – Osun Assembly
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June 12: Let’s Protect Nation’s Democracy – Osun Assembly

Osun State House of Assembly, under the leadership of the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam, on Monday said the current Nigeria democracy must be protected with all diligence so as not to encourage the incursion of military rule in the country again. He said any inimical act would override June 12, 1993 struggle that led to the change witnessed in Nigeria political landscape via the 2015 general elections after years of relentless and unwavering struggle for true democracy. A statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, to commemorate the June 12 struggle, said the change in the Nigeria political landscape, was not a coincidence, but a consequence of sacrifice made by courageous gladiators who led from the front to entrench democracy...
June 12 Is Not Only For Yorubas – Falana
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June 12 Is Not Only For Yorubas – Falana

Human Right lawyer Femi Falana says June 12 should not be seen as a Yoruba struggle but a national movement that gave birth to the 18 years of uninterrupted democratic in Nigeria. Falana made this known at a public lecture to mark the 24th anniversary of the June 12 presidential election tagged: ‘Hope ’93: Dream Deferred’ on Monday in Akure. The event was organised by the Ondo State Government on the presidential election presumed to be won by the late Moshood Abiola, which was annulled. He described June 12 as a national movement, saying, “it is wrong for any Nigerian to tag it a Yoruba struggle”. Falana was quick to advocate for proper restructuring of Nigeria, which he described as not negotiable. He said that political restructuring without economic restructuring was not...
June 12: Afenifere Laments Anti-Igbo Threat, Insists On Restructuring
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June 12: Afenifere Laments Anti-Igbo Threat, Insists On Restructuring

Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has lamented that it is sad that Nigeria is now marking another June 12, 24 years after the annulment of the freest and fairest presidential poll won by late Chief MKO Abiola, amidst an October 1 quit order to Ndigbo by Arewa youths, who have also secured endorsement from the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF). This was just as the group declared that the country had fumbled and wobbled through 18 years of pretending that its unity was settled, restating the Yoruba nation’s belief that the only way that Nigeria would be able to fulfill its destiny as one country was for all Nigerian nationalities to run their lives according to their civilisations in a restructured polity that practices federalism in its truest for...
Why I Annulled June 12 Election – Babangida
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Why I Annulled June 12 Election – Babangida

Former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, has revealed reasons he annulled the June 12, 1993 Presidential election which Bashorun MKO Abiola, was adjudged the winner. Babangida said he was compelled to nullify the election because of security threats to the enthronement of a democratic government at that time. Babangida gave the reason yesterday on a TV programme, Moments with Mo, anchored by Mo Abudu and broadcast on MNet channel of DSTV. Babangida, who described the annulment as “unfortunate” revealed that he would launch a book on the saga next year. He also said that having been in government at the time, he and the Armed Forces Ruling Council, AFRC, knew that the new democratic government to be installed would sooner than later be toppled through another mi...
June 12: MKO Abiola a Martyr Of Democracy – Amosun
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June 12: MKO Abiola a Martyr Of Democracy – Amosun

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has lauded the legacies of the late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, Moshood Abiola. The governor, who made the commendation on Monday when he visited the family house of the late MKO Abiola in Abeokuta, described him as a martyr of democracy in Nigeria. Prior to the visit, he led a solidarity walk with members of the public to commemorate the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election in the Ogun State capital. Governor Amosun urged politicians across the country to build on the foundation laid by the late successful businessman. Also, human rights activist Joe Okey-Odumakin called for a posthumous declaration of MKO Abiola as the president of Nigeria.
June 12: Abiola’s Ideals Yet To Be Realised In Nigeria – Ajimobi
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June 12: Abiola’s Ideals Yet To Be Realised In Nigeria – Ajimobi

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has described the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election as a turning point in the annals of the country, saying that the supreme price paid by the acclaimed winner of the election, late Chief M. K. O. Abiola, could never be forgotten. He stated this in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, in Ibadan, on Monday. The governor expressed the regret that 24 years after the election adjudged to be the freest and fairest in the history of the country, the ideals for which Abiola stood had yet to be realised. While describing the late politician and business mogul as a symbol of democracy, he praised him for his strong conviction that ordinary Nigerians must be freed from the shackles of oppre...
June 12 Is The Mother Of Nigeria’s Democracy – Tinubu
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June 12 Is The Mother Of Nigeria’s Democracy – Tinubu

In a statement issued to mark the 24th anniversary of the June 12, 1993 presidential election widely acclaimed to have been won by Chief Moshood Abiola, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Sunday declared that June 12 is the forerunner of the democracy currently being enjoyed by Nigerians. The former Lagos governor, who underscored the importance of the 1993 election and the agitation that trailed its annulment in the statement issued by his Media Office entitled; “What June 12 taught us,” noted that military dictatorship would have continued as there may not have been the fourth republic without the uncompromising resistance to military rule engendered by the annulment of the June 12 election. He described the late Abiola as an embodiment...
Ondo, Oyo, Ogun Declare Monday Public Holiday In Honour Of M. K. O. Abiola
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Ondo, Oyo, Ogun Declare Monday Public Holiday In Honour Of M. K. O. Abiola

Government of Ondo, Osun, Ogun States have declared Monday as a work- free day in honour of the winner of the June 12, presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said the late Abiola’s supreme sacrifice culminated in the hurried departure of the military from the political scene in 1999. As part of the programmes lined up to celebrate the day, the government is organizing a lecture, with the theme: “June 12: A celebration of courage and resilience’. The event will hold at the International Events and Culture Centre (The Dome) in Akure. The Oyo State government has also declared the day as a public holiday. A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Govern...

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