Democracy Day is now June 12 in Federal Republic of Nigeria, And just not an ordinary National public holiday in Nigeria.
It was held annually on May 29th. Democracy Day marks the day the military handed over power to an elected civilian government in 1999, marking the beginning of the longest continuous civilian rule since Nigeria’s independence from colonial rule in 1960.
It is a tradition that has been held annually, beginning in the year 2000.
June 12 was formerly known as Abiola Day, celebrated in Lagos, Nigeria and some south western states of Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Democracy Day is a general public day to commemorate the restoration of democracy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. May 29th was initially the official democracy day in Nigeria, marking when the newly elected Olusegun Obasanjo took office as the President of Nigeria in 1999, ending multiple decades of military rule that began in 1966 and had been interrupted only by a brief period of democracy from 1979 to 1983.
On June 6, 2018, eight days after May 29, 2018 had been celebrated as Democracy Day, the President Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria declared June 12 to be the new Democracy day.
These were done to commemorate the democratic election of MKO Abiola on June 12, 1993, in what has been adjudged to be Nigeria’s most free and fairest election. It was however, cancelled by the Ibrahim Babangida. MKO Abiola was later detained after he declared himself the President.
Democracy Day should be viewed as an attempt to placate the South Western Nigerian State, which has always set aside the day to remember Abiola’s stolen mandate and an annulled election that many still view as the country’s most free and fairest election in the history of Nigeria and democracy.
We should value democracy because democracy is of the people, by the people and for the people. It also allows us to express our views to the government. It gives right to equality to all citizens.
Values of democracy key elements!
A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections, the active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life, protection of the human rights of all citizens.
These are the key features of democracy:
Rule of law.
Right to vote.
Right to contest elections.
Free and fair elections.
Separation of Powers.
Characteristics of a Democracy.
Citizen Rule – A democratic government grants adult citizens the right to elect their representatives.
Majority Rule and Minority Rights – The principle of majority rule is an important part of the democratic system.
Free and Fair Elections.
Cooperation and Compromise.