All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday urged the Nationwide Meeting to be on the identical web page with the Presidency in making certain a constitutional modification for the institution of June 12 because the Nationwide Democracy Day.
He was commending President Muhammadu Buhari for taking what he known as an vital step in direction of full recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day.
Tinubu’s commendation got here a day after Data, Tradition & Tourism Minister Lai Mohammed unveiled the federal government’s resolution to maneuver the second time period inauguration ceremonies to June 12.
The minister spoke of plans by the Buhari administration to carry a low-key ceremony on Could 29, which the Structure recognises because the inauguration day of a brand new political dispensation.
Mohammed hinted that different actions can be shifted to June 12 however that President Buhari will take the necessary Oath of Workplace on Could 29.
In a press release yesterday by the Tinubu Media Workplace, signed by Tunde Rahman, the previous Lagos State governor stated: “President Buhari and the Federal Authorities deserve thanks and commendation. President Muhammadu Buhari deserves our thanks and congratulations for taking one other vital step in direction of absolutely recognising June 12 as Democracy Day in our nation.
“The federal government moved the second time period inauguration ceremonies to June 12 whereas occasions on Could 29 would now be low-key swearing ceremonies with a view to adjust to the constitutional necessities masking the size of time period for elected office-holders.
“By this sensible but visionary resolution, the President has scored double: first he has accorded respect to the Structure, which recognises Could 29 because the date to inaugurate new phrases of workplace whereas on the similar time making certain the nation strikes on the rightful path to formalising June 12 as new Democracy Day. This resolution soundly balances present authorized necessities with the hunt for political justice.
“For this feat in transferring the nation in the proper route, President Buhari and the Federal Authorities deserve commendation.
“June 12 represents an vital milestone within the annals of Nigeria’s democratic journey. It was the day Nigerians shunned ethnicity and faith to vote for that chief of their alternative in an election adjudged clearly free and truthful.
“To finish this course of that the President has began through Government Order, we hope that the Nationwide Meeting act with cheap dispatch in cooperation with the Presidency to guarantee that the requisite constitutional amendments are enacted to completely set up June 12 as Democracy Day.
“As Nigerians, we have now a task to play: rededicate ourselves to democracy, peaceable co-existence, togetherness and the hope for a higher future, all of which June 12 represented.”
The method to accord June 12 recognition started final yr when President Buhari formally named June 12 as Democracy Day by Government Order.
The President additionally recognised the winner of the June 12 election, the late Bahorun MKO Abiola, as a previous president and awarded the very best honour – the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
The late Abiola’s working mate within the June 12, 1993 election, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, was recognised as a former vice chairman and bestowed with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) award. (The Nation)