An Owerri based legal practitioner, Godswill Nwokeiwu has criticized the federal government for declaring June 12 every year as Democracy Day.
Nwokeiwu described the ‘Democracy Day’ as a sentiment aimed at inciting the Yoruba and make a mockery of Chief Moshood Abiola.
Speaking with newsmen on Saturday, June 12 in Owerri, Barr. Nwokeiwu queried the rationale for President Muhammadu Buhari declaring June 12 as Democracy Day in the country.
He stated that if Buhari was not comfortable with May 29 being the day the military returned power to civilians, he should have declared October 1 as democracy day being the day the country gained her independence from the British colonial masters.
He said; The former President Olusegun Obasanjo had declared May 29 every year as the country’s Democracy Day, being the date the military in Nigeria handed power over to civilians, for democratic rule in the country.
“But the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in June 6, 2018 changed the Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12, in commemoration of day in 1993 when former military President Ibrahim Babangida annuled the election adjudged as the freest and fairest election in Nigeria, which Chief MKO Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was believed to have won.
“The choice of both May 29 and June 12 for the celebration of Nigeria’s Democracy Day is wrong.
“In my opinion, October 1st is the only known Democracy Day in Nigeria. That Chief MKO Abiola was believed to have won an election that was denied him should not be enough reason to declare June 12 a national holiday in Nigeria.
“He is not the only person in this country or in the world that won election but was not allowed to rule.
“It is not even a good memory for Abiola or the Yoruba nation. It is an inciting sentiment. Look at the commotion June 12 causes in this country every year. It is rather a mockery of Abiola.
“Nigeria achieved Independence on October I, what did the country achieve on June 12?”