Democracy Day: GILS urges Buhari to honour fallen journalists


A leading leadership capacity building organization, Global Initiative for Leadership Success, GILS, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of the 2020 commemoration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

The group similarly asked the Buhari-led government to identify journalists who laid down their lives on the account of the annulled election for national honour.

GILS, in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, HRH, (Gen) Abdullahi B. Mamman (Rtd) and President, High Chief Sunnie Chukumele, thanked the President for his conviction in sustaining democratic values even more than most self-professed Nigerian democrats.

“It is indeed a thing of joy to join democrats in celebrating this landmark and symbolic day in our democratic history, being the national anniversary and remembrance of the regrettable annulment of Nigeria’s most credible and fairest election in history, being the June 12, 1993 general elections.”

“The President has demonstrated his unalloyed faith in solidifying democracy and national unity with his recognition and validation of June 12, 1993 election popularly held as won by the late Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.

“Not only did President Buhari validate that historic result, he went further by his heroic step of conferring the highest national honour of GCFR and GCON posthumously on the winner of that election, MKO Abiola and his running mate Babagana Kingibe. This singular act of Mr President has shown him as a true democrat, statesman, nationalist and builder of a new Nigeria,” the statement read.

In commemoration of this year’s anniversary, the organisation has suspended the earlier planned ‘GILS Heroes of Democracy Awards’. The award was instituted in honour of Nigerians who laid down their lives during the agitation to reclaim power from the military, leading to the democracy Nigerians are enjoying today.

GILS therefore called on the Federal Government to remember the sacrifices of journalists on the frontlines who risked their lives and those that paid the supreme price fighting to recover the June 12 mandate.

The organisation said the invaluable roles played by the organised labour in the struggle remains evergreen in the annals of Nigeria’s history of political struggles, particularly, the June 12 and charged on the imperatives of harmonious relationship among Nigerians towards expanding the nation’s democratic space.