Is The June 12 Nationwide Protest Necessary? Would It Make Any Difference?

Posted by E.L.E.X on June 11 2021 under News

Some civil rights activist groups are calling for nationwideprotests to commemorate Democracy Day June 12.

Demanding for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari and the reversal of a government ban on Twitter.

What’s Special About June 12 In Nigeria?

June 12 was formerly known as Abiola Day, celebrated in Lagos, Nigeria and some south western states of Nigeria, but now a democracy day.

Nigeria’s Democracy Day is a public holiday to commemorate the restoration of democracy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. May 29 was initially the official democracy day in Nigeria, marking when the newly elected Olusegun Obasanjo took office as the President of Nigeria in 1999, ending multiple decades of military rule that began in 1966 and had been interrupted only by a brief period of democracy from 1979 to 1983.

On June 6, 2018, eight days after May 29, 2018 had been celebrated as Democracy Day, the President Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria declared June 12 to be the new Democracy Day. These were done to commemorate the democratic election of MKO Abiola on June 12, 1993, in what has been adjudged to be Nigeria’s freest and fairest elections. It was, however, cancelled by the Ibrahim Babangida Junta. MKO Abiola was later detained after he declared himself the president.

Talking about the proposed Nationwide Protest. Is it necessary? What was the outcome of the Endsars protest? Any changes? Would June 12 protest make any difference?


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