- Governor Ambode of Lagos state and Governor Bindow of Adamawa state commended President Buhari over the declaration of June 12 as new Democracy Day
- Governor Ambode said the president’s action showed that he is a man of history and character
- Governor Bindow said the decision was long overdue, adding that the president’s decision is a step in the right direction
Governor Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa state said that the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari marked the celebration of national unity.
Bindow made the remarks on Thursday, June 7, while reacting to the declaration of June 12 as the nation’s democracy day.
The governor, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) through Martins Dickson, his special assistant on press and media affairs, commended Buhari for deeming it fit to symbolise the day as the democracy day.
He said that the decision by the president after wide consultations was in the right direction.
According to him, the declaration is long overdue.
“This declaration is worth it and long overdue; I will commend our president for taking such a good decision.
“There have been a lot of agitations as to which day should be declared as democracy day, but Mr President in his wisdom, chose June 12.
“This day symbolises the freest and most acceptable election in the history of our nation and that further symbolises our national unification.
“As a lover of democracy who wants the tenets and democratic principles to be enshrined in our culture, I support the declaration,” Bindow said.
Also, the Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has praised President Buhari for declaring June 12 as the New Democracy Day.
He gave the commendation on Wednesday, June 6, in a statement by his chief press secretary, Habib Aruna.
Reacting to the announcement, Governor Ambode described the development as a historic and symbolic moment in the nation’s political trajectory, Channels TV reports.
He said: “This is a welcome development. It is a historic moment in our nation and I join other Nigerians to commend President Buhari on this announcement.
“By this move, he has done what previous administrations failed to do,” the governor added.
He noted that the president’s action has shown that he is a man of history and character.
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Ambode also said such development has given a hope to the heroes of democracy as it confirms that they did not die in vain.
Legit.ng previously reported that a human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, commended President Buhari for granting a posthumous national award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on Chief M. K. O. Abiola.
Falana also said the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day was an end to the hypocrisy of celebrating it on May 29.
According to him, it “validated the integrity of the fair and free election that was criminally annulled by the Ibrahim Babangida junta”.
He said the Muhammadu Buhari administration has made history by conferring the posthumous national award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on Chief M. K. O. Abiola, who was the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election for his huge contribution to the restoration of democratic rule in Nigeria.
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