The House of Representatives on Thursday has approved June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and abrogated May 29.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in June, directed that effective 2019 Nigeria’s Democracy Day, marked every May 29 for the past 18 years, be shifted to June 12 to honour Moshood Abiola, the winner of the 1993 presidential election.
The House of Reps’ approval followed the adoption of a report on a bill seeking to amend the Public Holidays Act 2004.
The lawmakers approved the amendments to three clauses in the Act, as recommended in the report.
One of the clauses deleted May 29 as Democracy Day and replaced the date with June 12.
Election data showed Abiola won the polls but he was never formally declared winner and was not sworn into office by the military government of Ibrahim Babangida.
Abiola was later imprisoned by the Sani Abacha’s military regime as he struggled to actualise his mandate. He died in prison in 1998.