President Muhammadu Buhari has approved June 12 as the Democracy Day, against May 29, Nigeria hitherto officially recognised.
In a letter published on the president’s Twitter hand on Wednesday night, the president explained reasons for recognising the day.
“For the first 18 years, Nigerians have been celebrating May 29th, as Democracy Day. That was the date when for the second time, in our history, an elected civilian administration took over from a military government. The first time this happened was on October 21st, 1979.
“But in the view of Nigerians, as shared by this administration, June 12, 1993, was far more symbolic of democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29th or even October 1st.
“June 12, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our Independence,” the letter read part.