Nigeria celebrated Democracy day on June 12 this year, the event is usually celebrated on May 29th of every year, but this year was different.
According to Wikipedia, The Democracy Day is on June 12 and it’s a national public holiday in Nigeria. Until June 6, 2018, it was held annually on May 29, the day the military handed over power to an elected civilian government in 1999. This marks the beginning of the longest continuous civilian rule since Nigeria’s independence from colonial rule in 1960. However, the date was changed to June 12 by president Buhari.
June 12 is an important date in Nigeria. It was an election date; a memorable election that late M.K.O Abiola won but he was denied the opportunity to become the president of Nigeria.
The ruling military president at the time, late president Sani Abacha detained the June 12 Election winner, MKO Abiola until he died in prison.
The June 12 date event is the first since Buhari approved June 12 as Democracy Day in honour of MKO Abiola. The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives were present at the Democracy day event.
The former head of states are expected to be at the event but some notable living head of states were not there. Among those who are absent are Ex-presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and Yakubu Gowon.
The president’s wife, Aisha Buhari wore a $2,145 Oscar De Larenta dress on Democracy day.