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Buhari orders immediate gazetting of Presidential Order on June 12 declaration

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, has directed the Federal Ministry of Justice to take immediate steps to publish the Presidential Order on June 12, to be observed as Democracy Day in Nigeria in the Federal Gazette.

This information is contained in a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday.

“Following his declaration yesterday that henceforth, June 12, be observed as Democracy Day in Nigeria and that some heroes of democracy be given national honours, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to take immediate steps to publish the Presidential Order in the Federal Gazette as follows:
“MKO Abiola-Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (Posthumous).
“Baba Gana Kingibe – Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger.
“Gani Fawehinmi – Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (Posthumous).’

“The President also directed that this should be done so that the awards slated for June 12, 2018 can go on as planned,” he said.

The Advocate reports that Buhari had on Wednesday directed that effective from 2019, Nigerian Democracy Day, marked every May 29 for the past 18 years be shifted to the June 12.

The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the directive was to honour “an illustrious son of Nigeria, Moshood Abiola”.