Commendations have continued to trail the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising and declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day in place of May 29 hitherto been recognised.
In a statement by Sola Fasure, the Media Adviser to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, the president was commended for mustering the courage to take the historic step 25 years after the election.
According to Aregbesola, “President Buhari has secured for himself an incomparable position in history for surmounting the courage to take this historic step of recognizing June 12 as ‘Democracy Day’ and honouring Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola posthumously”.
Buhari justifies Aregbesola’s stance
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Obawale Adebisi, said in another statement that Buhari’s gesture justifies Governor Aregbesola’s stance on June 12, 1993, election.
“The Aregbesola’s administration has since 2011 recognised June 12 as Democracy Day in remembrance of the 1993 presidential election, which was adjudged the freest and the fairest in the history of Nigeria.
“Aregbesola’s stance on June 12 as Democracy Day has been justified by President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of the day as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, against May 29 and honouring the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election with a posthumous award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).”
“Governor Aregbesola had had a strong conviction that June 12, 1993, was the day democracy was born in Nigeria and has been annually addressing the day as such since 2011,” the statement read in part.
Senator Omoworare commends
In the same vein, Senator representing Osun East Senatorial District, Babajide Omoworare applauded President Buhari over the Democracy Day gesture
Omoworare said Buhari’s decision to honour Abiola and others should be seen as a victory for democracy and natural justice, congratulating Nigerians on the development.
“The history of our nation and its democratic record will be incomplete without mentioning June 12 and the heroic sacrifices of the people who took to the trenches and those who paid the ultimate price.
“We cannot forget in a jiffy the jackboot dictatorship, killings and assassination attempt on pro-democracy leaders, several detentions and hardship meted out to the people and the attendant economic hardship endured while the struggle to reclaim the June 12 mandate lasted.
“This gesture of President Muhammadu Buhari is an opportunity missed by various successive governments to write their names in gold by responding to the yearnings of a majority who have the historical and sentimental attachment to the date as the day Nigerians were denied opportunity to have a taste of good governance and desired development,” Omoworare said.
Osun Declares June 12 Public Holiday
In a related development, the Osun State Government has declared June 12 as a public holiday.
According to the Commissioner for Home Affairs, “The state government of Osun commends President Muhammadu Buhari on this righteous step of honouring June 12 and key players of the 1993 presidential election 25 years after.
‘’The Government has, therefore, declared Tuesday, June 12, a public holiday,” it said.
Aspirant commends Buhari and Aregbesola
Meanwhile, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Adeyemi Oriolowo has also commended President Buhari, and Governor Aregbesola in particular for his doggedness, saying whatever is being beliefs in has always paid off.
He noted that it was Aregbesola who was resolutely committed to June 12 Democracy Day status despite criticisms, saying the Federal Government has similarly adopted many programmes embarked upon by Aregbesola such as the youth empowerment scheme, school feeding programme among others nationwide.
AGF applauds PresidentBuhari
Also, a socio-political organisation, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation (AGF), Osun State chapter has equally joined others to appreciate President Mohammed Buhari for declaring June 12th as Democracy Day.
AGF also congratulated governor Rauf Aregbesola whose stance on June 12 as Democracy Day has been eventually justified by President Buhari’s declaration.
The Coordinator of the group, Mr Sikiru Tijani noted that late Chief MKO Abiola died in the struggle for the emancipation and freedom of the people.
The group further explained that the declaration, amongst other things, has brought back relief to the children and other families of Abiola.
It stated that Buhari’s recognition of MKO Abiola has also given hope to comrades who had been at the forefront of the struggle.
The AGF, however, advised that the legislative arms of government be carried along to effect all necessary constitutional adjustments for the holiday and the award to take legal effect,
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo