Law

Declaring June 12 Democracy Day Is a “Popular” But “Illegal” Act

👤 By Adenike Lucas

Olisa Agbakoba has joined a list of Nigerians to discuss the “illegal” change of Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This month, President Buhari announced that Democracy Day would be celebrated on June 12 instead of May 29.

The change was made in honour of Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 cancelled elections.

Though “popular,” the act is seen as “illegal” by Agbakoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.

In an interview with Nigeria News Agency, the top lawyer said: “I think that the declaration is illegal, but I do not think that it is important,” he said: “What is important is that there is a declaration that is popular; so, that is how we will take it.”

“I know it is illegal, but I don’t feel aggrieved. I will not go to court to challenge the declaration; those who feel aggrieved can go to court and challenge it.

“But, I know that the late (MKO) Abiola’s family deserve the recognition,” he further adds.

DENISAURUS News published a report where various other Nigerians had also criticised the Government’s plan to confer the late Gani Fawehinmi, SAN with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger.

READ ALSO : 2019 Elections : President Buhari’s Declaration Of JUNE 12 DEMOCRACY DAY Seen As Plot To Curry South West Support

Critics described the fresh plot by President Buhari, who is seeking a second term, as an attempt to curry support from leaders in the South West.

Some of the yoruba leaders were side-lined in this administration. The award seeks to win back their support in time for the February 2019 elections.

“The South West should not fall for these cheap antics. Buhari is unfit to run Nigeria,” @tksilicon posted online.

 

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