Kudos, Knocks as Buhari Honours MKO Abiola

President Muhammadu Buhari sparked fireworks in the polity Wednesday when he announced June 12 as the date for the new Democracy Day celebrations in the country.

The president didn’t stop at that, a she also conferred a posthumous GCFR title on the presumed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election, Moshood Abiola.

Taking to Twitter, Bhari wrote: “In the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12, 1993, was and is far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29, or even October 1,”

Abiola was the acclaimed winner of the June 12 Presidential election

President Buhari also conferred a national honour on Baba Gana Kingibe, Abiola’s running mate in the botched poll, and recognised late Gani Fawehinmi for his role in the actualisation of the June 12 elections with a posthumous GCON Award.

While the merit of the president’s decisions can’t be disputed, Nigerians have been split as to the timing of the move and the overriding motive behind it.

The Peoples Democratic Party unsurprisingly slammed Buhari as being desperate and looking to score political points off Abiola, while others wonder how Buhari, who’s never hidden his admiration for the Late Gen Sani Abacha, could seriously honour Abiola who was traduced by the late dictator.

Here are some of the more interesting reactions to the president’s declaration, first, from those who welcome the move…

And then, from the many who see it as a desperate political ploy…

One thing is clear…you can’t please everyone.

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