Mixed reactions have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to change Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12.
Buhari in a press release also announced that MKO Abiola, winner of the annulled election, will be posthumously awarded the highest honour in the land, GCFR.
In varying reactions, some Twitter users wondered if the change meant the president would not hand over on May 29, 2019.
Others felt Buhari was trying to appeal to the South West, ahead of next year’s elections.
Here are some comments:
@femiTRIP: You may not like Buhari. Neither do I like him but this confirmation of June 12 as our official democracy day is most likely the best thing he’s done since 2015.
@OgbeniDipo: Some might say this is politics and Buhari is trying to pacify the Yorubas. I honestly don’t care. June 12 should have been our Democracy Day all along. This move is fantastic and must be commended. Well done Buhari.
@AyoShonaiya: Buhari will soon knack us with Biafra Remembrance Day to complete the set. And half of APGA will defect. We will now be what Oyinbo people call “snookered”. Meanwhile the Young ones are still running. “You can only run run run…” (in TerryG’s voice)
@AfroVII: Praise Abacha on one hand, honour MKO on the other. What a schizophrenic situation. Lol.
@je_mc2: Glorify Abacha several times over the last 20 years, but designate June 12 as Democracy Day and all is forgiven.
@trafels: His Yoruba advisers have told him the easiest way to secure the votes is to appeal to the SW sentimentality. They are all mad.
@GbemiEreku: Lol, it’s 2015 again in the Nigeria political space.
@Chydee: June 12 is now Democracy Day. Damn. Nice one, President Buhari. Nice one.
@DemolaRewaju: Honouring MKO Abiola and June 12 is long overdue and a welcome development but it is only in line with the pretentious nature of Buhari and the APC. Any person who is deceived with this was deceived long before this: the gift is accepted but the giver is a fraud and rejected.