June 12: What you should know about Nigeria’s Democracy Day, By Kaokwuga Jennifer

Nigeria Democracy Day is a national public holiday to celebrate the restoration of democracy in Nigeria in respect to the 1993 presidential election.

The presidential election that took place on June 12, 1993, happened to be the freest and fairest election in Nigeria’s history after independence in 1960.

Nigeria previously observed its democracy day on May 29th, which is also regarded as the day of swearing-in of a newly elected president, which is still observed, but not until June 2018 when ex-president Muhammadu Buhari approved June 12 to honour the winner of the 1993 presidential election, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, popularly known as MKO Abiola.

To date, Nigeria has had its democracy day on June 12.

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