President Muhammadu Buhari has given a marching order to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Shehu Malami, to take immediate steps to publish the Presidential Order declaring that henceforth, June 12 be observed as Democracy Day in Nigeria and that some heroes of democracy be given national honours.
According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu in Abuja today, Thursday, the president directed that the ordered be gazetted as follows:
Chief MKO Abiola – Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (Posthumous)
Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe – Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger
Chief Gani Fawehinmi -Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (Posthumous)
The President also directed that this should be done so that the awards slated for June 12, 2018 can go on as planned.
The president on Wednesday shifted Democracy Day celebration from May 29 to June 12 in honour of Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, who he also conferred with the national honour of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
Others awarded national honours to wed late Chief Gani Fawehinmi and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe who both got the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).