Why does Nigeria celebrate Democracy Day on June 12?

Posted by Timige, On 14 Jun, 2022 | Updated On 22 Jun, 2022 No Comments »

MKO Abiola

Democracy Day is a national public holiday in Nigeria, celebrated on June 12th every year since 2018.

Before then it was held annually on May 29th marking the day the military handed over power to a democratically elected civilian government led by Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999.

This was the start of the longest continuous civilian rule in Nigeria since independence in 1960.

In 2018 President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 the new Democracy Day in honour of late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola popularly known as MKO.

MKO was the presumed winner of the 1993 June 12th Presidential election, which was annulled by then military president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) citing electoral irregularities, leading to protests and political unrest.

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