The Nigerian Senate on Thursday, 16th of May, 2019 passed a Bill recognizing June 12 as the official Democracy Day in Nigeria.
Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, had laid the report of the amendment to the Holiday Acts passed by the Upper Legislative House.
The Bill, which has three clauses, was passed when the Deputy Senate president, Ekweremadu, who presided over the sitting, put it to a voice vote. The clause which was amended had recognized May 29 as democracy day.
President Buhari had in June 2018 announced Federal Government’s recognition of June 12 as Democracy day. Buhari made the announcement when he honoured MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12 presidential election which was annulled by former military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
Abiola was also conferred with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, the highest honour in the country by President Buhari.