Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has declared June 12th as the new date for the celebration of Nigeria’s Democracy Day. President Buhari made the announcement this evening on Twitter. He said the change in date is to honor late MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

Buhari also said MKO Abiola would be awarded with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) title posthumously. Read the press statement below