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Aregbesola, MURIC Commend Buhari For Declaring June 12 Democracy Day

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President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday night, released a statement which did not only declare June 12 as democracy day, but also posthumously awarded the highest honour of the land, GCFR, to late Chief MKO Abiola. Following the news, Osun state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbeshola and Islamic organisation, MURIC has commended president Buhari

Muric said, “We are overwhelmed with emotions. This is the boldest step ever taken by any civilian administration since 1999. We commend President Muhammadu Buhari for identifying with democratic and progressive elements in this country. The recognition of June 12 is another strong evidence of ‘change’. It further cements Buhari’s forthrightness, courage, love of justice and flair for FairPlay.”

Rauf Aregbesola on the other hand wrote, “President Buhari has secured for himself an incomparable position in history for surmounting the courage to take this historic step of recognising June 13 as ‘Democracy Day’ and honouring Chief Moshood Abiola posthumously. June 12, 1993 was the day democracy was born in Nigeria. It was the day Nigerians negated all the social and political constructs that had been thought would make national unity impossible and democratic governance impossible, but Nigerians in their heterogeneity overwhelmingly voted for a candidate whose very essence was in defiance of religious, ethnic and regional categorisation.

“It is most regrettable that the election was annulled and Chief Abiola clamped in illegal detention where he later died. Successive administrations had suppressed the significance of June 12 and resisted every admonition to recognise the date and honour Chief Abiola. We have since the advent of our administration shunned May 29 and celebrated June 12 as Democracy Day. We are glad therefore that President Buhari has taken this bold step and set the record straight. History will be kind to him for this. I commend him for this uncommon courage and demonstration of leadership.”

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