Enyinnaya Abaribe, a PDP senator from Abia State has requested President Buhari to declare December 31 as Democracy Destruction Day to mark the coup he led to finish Nigeria’s Second Republic in 1983.
Buhari on December 31, 1983 led by a bunch of senior military officers to overthrow the democratically elected authorities of President Shehu Shagari.
Years after, President Buhari on June 6, 2018 directed that efficient 2019, Nigeria’s Democracy Day, marked each Might 29 for the previous 18 years, be shifted to June 12 to honour Moshood Abiola, the winner of the 1993 presidential election. Abiola was by no means sworn in as president. He was as a substitute detained by the navy and died in jail 5 years later.
Abaribe mentioned December 31, 1983 is important sufficient to mark the day democracy was destroyed in Nigeria. He urged the president to declare the date simply as he did June 12. First, he joined his colleagues in commending Buhari on the transfer.
“I assist what Senator Olujimi and in addition what the Deputy Senate President had mentioned, insisting that there could have to be an modification of the structure. I additionally need to add that it will even be essential for the Govt to rapidly carry to the Nationwide Meeting, an modification to the Honours Act which states that there can’t be posthumous award.
Now that they’ve jumped the gun to do posthumous award, it will be essential for us to rapidly amend that act. Lastly, I would like to additionally suggest one other day since we at the moment are shifting in the fitting course, saying that democracy is required, I would like to suggest that we additionally designate 31st December as Democracy Destruction Day as a result of that was the day that this identical president did a coup.”
Abaribe was lower brief by his colleague, Barau Jibrin (Kano-APC), who raised some extent of order to name the eye of the Senate to a derailment from subject being mentioned.