LAGOS AND ABUJA CELEBRATE JUNE TWELVE

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Ceremonies are taking place in Abuja and Lagos to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the June 12 presidential election in 1993, which was presumably won by late Chief M.K.O. Abiola.

 

These events a holding in grand style this year, with direct involvement of the Federal Government, after President Muhammadu Buhari declared June Twelve as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day, instead of 29th May that had been celebrate previously.

 

At the Abuja event, late Chief M.K.O. Abiola would be conferred with a posthumous national award as Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, while his running-mate in that election, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, would receive the title of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON.

 

Also to be conferred with posthumous award of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, is foremost human rights advocate, late Chief Gani Fawehinmi; in recognition of the role he played in trying to actualize the June 12 election mandate.

 

Representatives of families of the awardees are already in Abuja and were treated to a special dinner last night, which was hosted by former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari would be presiding over the main ceremony in Abuja, after returning home from Morocco where he spent two days on official visit.

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