Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has expressed appreciation over President Muhammadu Buhari’s courage to declare June 12 authentic Democracy Day.
He however said that the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day was not the best way to honour late Chief Moshood Abiola, also known as MKO.
According to him, the country would not know peace unless MKO’s killers are brought to book.
President Buhari had last year declared June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day.
The declaration however became legal after the National Assembly not long ago passed into law, the bill for an Act to amend the Public Holidays Act to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria.
But in a post on his Twitter handle, Fani-Kayode wrote: “One of the questions that previous govts have to answer is why they refused to honor Chief MKO Abiola and declare June 12th as the authentic Democracy Day?
“No matter what we may feel about @MBuhari at least he found the courage to do that whilst others failed.
“The best way to honor MKO Abiola is not just to declare June 12th as Democracy Day but to also bring those that killed him to justice. They must be exposed and prosecuted for murder. It is only after that is done that the ghost of June 12th will die and Nigeria will know peace.”
Nigeria had till this year marked its Democracy Day on May 29, the day democracy returned to the country in 1999.
The decision to now have June 12 as the country’s Democracy Day is based on the presidential election of June 12, 1993, which the late Abiola supposedly won. The poll was however annulled by them military president, Ibrahim Babangida.