The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has applauded the courage and decision of President Muhammadu Buhari in declaring June 12 as the Democracy Day, describing it as “the fulfilment of a dream”.
In a statement signed by Tinubu, he said Buhari’s decision had corrected the wrong of the past, adding that his decision meant Nigeria was ready to face history.
He said “Along with all democratic and fair-minded Nigerians, I welcome the news that June 12 will replace May 29 as Democracy Day. I too applaud President Buhari for making this courageous and rightful decision.
“This is good news for democracy and a proud moment for Nigeria. While impossible to go back in time and change the past, we must do our utmost to correct the wrongs of the past. This is what President Buhari has done by this decision.
“He has shown all Nigerians and the world that we have the moral fortitude to objectively face our history, learn from it and improve our society by virtue of this learning.
“The designation of June 12 as Democracy Day is the fulfilment of the dream and efforts of many of us. With this fulfilment comes a civic responsibility, it must guide our politics and how we govern ourselves.”
The former Lagos State Governor urged Nigerians to continuously dedicate themselves to the freedom and rights as well as the duties that democracy bestowed on them.
Tinubu added that the GCFR honour conferred on Moshood Abiola served as an acknowledgement that he won the 1993 presidential election.
He further said that June 12 symbolised the struggles and sacrifices made by Nigerians to establish democracy as our way of national governance.