By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Former Minister of Aviation, Femi-Fani-Kayode has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the establishment of June 12th as the real Democracy Day in Nigeria, a feat his boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other presidents of People’s Democratic Party extraction had no courage to achieve while holding sway for 16 years as the ruling party.
Fani-Kayode who knocked Obasanjo and former president Goodluck Jonathan when he took to his twitter handle @realFFK and tweeted thus:
“I remain an ardent critic of the @MBuhari admin. but there is one thing that I shall always commend them for: the establishment of June 12th as the real Democracy Day. Sadly not one @OfficialPDPNig govt, including the one I served from 2003 till 2007, had the courage to do that.
Recall that Femi Fani-Kayode is not just a vocal critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress since assumption of power in May 29, 2015, he has raised his voice against every social ills regardless of who is involved at the risk of his life and detriment of his personal interests.
Sundiata Post recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had in June 2018 declared that the Democracy Day would henceforth hold on June 12 of every year.
The President made the declaration as the Federal Government honoured the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, with a posthumous conferment of the highest national award, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, on him.
Buhari had also conferred on Abiola’s running mate in the election, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe and foremost human rights lawyer, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, the Grand Commander of the Niger award, which is the second highest national honour.
FFK’s commendation came after the National Assembly on Thursday passed the amendment to the National Holiday Act to move Nigeria’s Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12.
Recall that the Senate at the plenary on Thursday passed the amendment in concurrence with the House of Representatives which approved the new date earlier in December 2018.
The passage followed the adoption of a report by the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, for the senate to concur with the House.
The three clauses of the amendment bill were passed by the Committee of the Whole when the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session, put them to voice vote.
The legislation is now billed for transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.