Nigerian President Buhari has been lauded for declaring the 12th of June as Democracy Day and for recognizing MKO Abiola’s 1993 presidential election victory. Many Nigerians have described Buhari’s announcement as a victory for democracy. The president has offered a public apology to Abiola, who won the 1993 vote — an election that was later annulled by the military. As of next year, the 12th of June will be a public holiday and commemorated as Democracy Day.
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