June 12 Setback Overshadows Tinubu’s Second Democracy Day Anniversary

June 12 Setback Overshadows Tinubu's Second Democracy Day Anniversary

The upcoming Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, is anticipated to be significant and notably different from previous years. Here’s why:

This will be the second Democracy Day President Bola Tinubu will mark since assuming power on May 29, 2023. Additionally, it marks the 31st anniversary of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election, won by late business magnate and politician Chief MKO Abiola.


Tinubu, a prominent June 12 activist, declined a national broadcast on May 29, opting to address the nation on June 12 instead. This date holds historical significance as it was declared Democracy Day in 2018 by the immediate past President Muhammadu Buhari, in honor of Abiola.

Last year, Tinubu emphasized the importance of democracy and its role in promoting social and economic justice. He highlighted the legacy of MKO Abiola and his belief in democracy as a means to eradicate poverty.


When comparing the 1993 and 2023 elections, similarities emerge between Abiola and Tinubu’s campaigns. Both focused on themes of hope and addressed poverty. They also shared similarities in voting figures and margins of victory.

However, despite Tinubu’s first-year promises, questions arise regarding progress in achieving social and economic justice. Many Nigerians question whether the sacrifices endured save the country from collapse and benefit the majority.

Various voices, including those of activists and political figures, express differing opinions on the state of democracy and the resolution of June 12 issues. While some acknowledge progress, others highlight ongoing challenges and unmet expectations.

Critics argue that Nigeria has not fully realized the ideals of June 12, with issues such as electoral manipulation and ethnic divisions persisting. They call for a renewed commitment to democratic principles and a focus on national unity.


Supporters of Tinubu’s administration counter these criticisms, pointing to initiatives aimed at economic revitalization, infrastructure development, and empowerment programs. They emphasize the importance of collective effort in achieving progress.

In conclusion, the upcoming Democracy Day serves as a reminder of Nigeria’s democratic journey and challenges. While strides have been made, much work remains to realize the aspirations of June 12 and build a more equitable society.


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