Nigeria: FG orders immediate gazetting of new democracy day , Abiola, Gani awards
London, June 8, 2018 (AltAfrika)-To avoid any unforeseen circumstances, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to immediately publish the presidential order on Nigeria’s new democracy day in the Federal Gazette.
The order follows his declaration on Wednesday that henceforth June 12 be observed as Democracy Day in Nigeria and that some heroes of democracy be given national honours,
A statement signed by Mr Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Thursday said the gazette should reflect late MKO Abiola as a recipient of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (Posthumous) while Baba Gana Kingibe will be Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger.
The statement also said late human rights activist and lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, was awarded the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (Posthumous)
“The President also directed that this should be done so that the awards slated for June 12, 2018 can go on as planned,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Textile Workers Union on Thursday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 as Democracy Day and for conferring a posthumous award on Moshood Abiola.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Issa Aremu, the union saluted Mr Buhari on what it called “the courage and sensitivity” to confer the honour of GCFR on Mr Abiola.
The union also said President “gave the correct signal that never again would any group of people violate the mandate of Nigerian people through mandate annulment” .
According to the union, the president had restored the people’s confidence in his administration and in sustaining the country’s integrity and democracy.
”President Buhari had commendably rekindled faith in sustainability of democracy in Africa’s largest democracy. The President gave the correct signal that never again would any group of people violate the mandate of Nigerian people through mandate annulment,” the union said.
The statement said President Buhari had brought integrity to governance by “shunning the hypocrisy and shameless denials” of past leaders of Nigeria that June 12 was truly a watershed in the struggle for democracy in Nigeria.”
“June 12, 1993 was far more symbolic of democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29 as it was “June 12, 1993 that Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our Independence,” the statement said.