Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 as Democracy Day in honour of Moshood Abiola, winner of the annulled presidential election of June 12, 1993.
The party also hailed the president for granting posthumous award of Nigeria’s highest national honour (Grand Commander of the Federal Republic) to Mr. Abiola.
The APC has called on the President to consider granting a similar honour on Mr. Abiola’s wife, Kudirat Abiola.
The party said this in a press statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi.
The APC said Mrs Abiola deserves the honour for the sacrifice she made in entrenching democracy in the country.
“The APC believes that Alhaja Kudirat Abiola who paid the supreme price with her assassination in Lagos on June 4, 1996 at the heat of the mobilisation for the restoration of her husband’s mandate as the winner of the 1993 presidential election, deserves to be honoured in her own right as a heroin and martyr of democracy in Nigeria.
“APC recall how she mobilised market women, students, activists and other human rights community against military rule and the struggle for a truly democratic nation,” the APC said.
The party also commends the President for honoring Mr. Abiola’s running mate Babagana Kingibe and late human rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi SAN with the second highest national honour, Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON).
“In taking this courageous and patriotic decision, the President has again displayed a sincerity of purpose and his well-known penchant for doing the right thing irrespective of political and sundry considerations. As a Party, we remain resolved in our struggle to deepen our democracy and continue to improve on the transparency and credibility of our electoral systems. We reiterate that regardless of its imperfections, democracy remains the best form of government that can best serve the interest of our people.
“We affirm that this decision by President Buhari yet again exemplifies APC’s commitment to the sanctity of popular elections and respect for the right of the people to freely choose their leaders in accordance to that fundamental principle of democracy that no man has the right to exercise power over other men, except with their consent,” the APC said.