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June 12: Buhari’s pronouncement show that truth has prevailed, says Lagos Deputy Speaker

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Wasiu Eshinokun-Sanni, the Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, the announcement made by Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria declaring June 12 Democracy Day shows that the truth had prevailed.

Eshinokun-Sanni, who noted that he received the news with a mixed feeling, commended the Lagos State Government to have recognised Abiola and Gani Fawehinmi, a late human rights lawyer.

“The good part is that effort of Nigerians in forgetting religious and tribal sentiments as exhibited by the June 12 elections is not in vain. June 12 is Democracy Day is also symbolic.

“What Obasanjo (former President) failed to recognise all this while in spite being the greatest beneficiary of June 12, a Nigerian of northern extraction has brought it to the front burner,” he said.

The Presidency in a statement on Wednesday has therefore decided to award posthumously, the highest honour of the land, GCFR to late MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 cancelled election.

His running mate as Vice President, Baba Gana Kingibe is also to be honoured with GCON.

The commemoration and investiture will take place on Tuesday June 12, a date which in future years will replace May 29 as a National Public Holiday in celebration of the Nigerian Democracy.