Nigerians Express Diverse Views On Buhari’s Declaration of June 12 As Democracy Day
The declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari of June 12 as a democracy day seem to be an unexpected move even as Nigerians have continued to express diverse reaction on the declaration.
While some have commended Mr. President for such a laudable act, some have described the move as long overdue adding that it is late timing for recognition of Western leader, MKO Abiola.
Still in another group of tweets, some individuals have lauded, MKO Abiola for being the first to win a free and fair election in the Country under the platform of Social democratic Party, SDP in 1993, while blaming past leaders for failure to recognize the effort of the late leader in establishing democracy in Nigeria.
In some other series of tweets, some Nigerians noted that the June 12 declaration is an attempt to buy Nigerian votes ahead of the 2019 elections.
While Naija News recalls that the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP criticized the President’s Move, some tweets reacted saying the party will regret such statements.
See some tweets below:
Whoever advised @OfficialPDPNig that it was a wise move to condemn the President for according MKO Abiola a posthumous national honor and recognize his struggle did not think it through. That press release will come back to bite them.
— HENRY Okelue (@4eyedmonk) June 7, 2018
The posthumous grant of the rank of GCFR on Chief MKO Abiola & the recognition of June 12 as democracy day is commendable move by @MBuhari. I commend it.
However, it's difficult not to see this for what it is. A desperate political move aimed at wooing voters in the South West.
— Igala_King (@i_am_Anomeli) June 7, 2018
— The Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) June 7, 2018
If Buhari gets re-elected, declaring June 12 Democracy Day (and honouring MKO Abiola and Gani Fawehinmi) is not going to be the primary reason he gets elected. I don't think any sensible person would go to the poll voting Buhari because of June 12.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 7, 2018
I salute Mr. President for declaring June 12 as democracy day and for honouring Chief MKO Abiola as a gallant soldier who died fighting the cause of democracy. Let the govt now use this opportunity to build on the ideology of June 12 to move the country forward.
— liborous oshoma (@liborous) June 7, 2018
Someone should tell Buhari that Nigerians are wiser than these cheap gimmicks. Even If he decides to make Shagari's Birthday a Public Holiday, erects a statue for MKO Abiola in all 36 states and brings back Nnamdi Azikiwe to life, he will still go back to Daura in 2019
— Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim (@JimohIbrahimOFR) June 7, 2018