President Buhari shifts Democracy Day to June 12, honours late Abiola with GCFR

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that effective from 2019, Nigerian Democracy Day, marked every May 29 for the past 18 years should now be shifted to the June 12. The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday, said this directive was to honuor“an illustrious son of Nigeria, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola”.

Late Abiola won a presidential election but was prevented from taking office when the results were annulled and later died while struggling to actualise the mandate. He said Abiola would be conferred with nation’s highest honuor of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) exclusively conferred on the holders of the highest office in the country, the President.