The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has scolded the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to recognise June 12 as the ideal Democracy Day.
Mohammed described the day (June 12) as a more symbolic day, which truly represents Nigeria’s transition from military dictatorship to Democratic rule, saying it was the day the seeds of true democracy were planted in the country.
Alhaji Mohammed said the declaration was a confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s conviction that “there is no alternative to the practice of true Democracy in any part of the world”.
He lauded Buhari’s decision to immortalise the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993, Presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola and a foremost human rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi for their roles in the struggle to entrench democracy in the country.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated uncommon courage.
“He has shown that he is indeed a consummate Democrat and all lovers of Democracy should stand by him.
“It is important to note that for sixteen years, the PDP had danced on the grave of Moshood Abiola and successive presidents under the PDP bluntly refused to listen to the voice of Nigerians.
“If the PDP now accuses the President of playing politics with this decision, why didn’t they play politics with it for sixteen years also?” the minister said.
Meanwhile, the minister has sent a condolence message to the management of Punch newspapers over the death of its Chairman, Mr Wale Aboderin.
He described Aboderin as a true Nigerian and philanthropist with an exceptional sense of humility.
Mohammed prayed for the repose of his soul and asked God to grant the Punch newspapers, the family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.
By Say Ramoni