Nigerians calls for June 12 to be a National holiday
Some eminent Nigerians have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to recognise June 12 as a national holiday.
They said such would honour the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 election, Chief MKO Abiola.
The callers – Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State; human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, a Professor of Law, Akin Oyebode; and a former Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Dele Alake – spoke during the 22nd celebration of the June 12, 1993 presidential annulment in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital.
Speaking on the topic, “Sustainability of Democratic Values: The Nigerian Experience,” Ambode said the outcome of the 2015 general elections showed that the lessons of June 12, 1993 had been fruitful.
He said, “I urge you all to take some time and reflect on the democratic journey that we have commenced for the benefit of all. Should we abdicate our responsibilities and allow personal interest and agenda to truncate our journey, we owe it as a duty to immortalise the memories of our fallen compatriots and deepen our democracy to sustain us as a people of destiny.”
Oyebode said the lesson from June 12 struggle was that a people united could not be defeated.
Alake said there was nothing significant about May 29 which had been named democracy day apart from the change in baton from one government to another.
“While government could change hand every May 29, June 12 must be recognised as Democracy Day and a national holiday,” he said.
Falana, who also called for the recognition of June 12 as a public holiday, however, warned against the removal of fuel subsidy.