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Nigeria: Democracy Day - Why June 12 Is More Significant Than May 29 - Tinubu - TheCityPulseNews.com
Nigeria celebrates Democracy Day. The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, says May 29 does not carry the weight of significance that June 12 carries in the country’s democratic sojourn. Mr Tinubu said this in a statement entitled ‘June 12: The Truth that Sets Democracy Free in Our Land’, released by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, on Tuesday in Lagos. He said what was being commemorated on May 29 of every year since 1999 had been the handover of power from the military regime to the elected civilian administration. According to him, June 12 coincides with the day that the seed of today’s democratic sprouting was sown 26 years ago. “May 29 is at best an arbitrary date on which the military chose to hand over the reins of power to an elected civilian government in 1999. “Observing May 29 as democracy day delinks the country’s democratic experience since 1999 from the protracted and bitter struggle against military dictatorship from June 12, 1993, till the forced exit of the military in 1999. “On June 12, we commemorate the country’s emergent democracy in a way that is certainly more spiritually fulfilling and psychologically satisfying than has ever …