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Two Inaugurations, One President, Many Governors

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Nigeria News takes a look at the inauguration ceremony in May 29 and June 12.

In two weeks, President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors will take oath of office, precisely May 29. This will signify the beginning of Buhari’s second term.

There is a budget for this inauguration, which the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said it will be in low-key.

The minister said at a news conference that the real inauguration ceremony would take place on the new Democracy Day, June 12 and that invitations had been sent to foreign leaders to witness the occasion.

Buhari honoured the winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief MKO Abiola on June 6, 2018 with posthumous national award and recognition of the day as the democracy day.

But it is 14 days between May 29 and June 12, which I think the government can collapse these dates into one event.

There was legislation over the change in Democracy Date. The government is supposed to have perfected the day by allowing Buhari to have a two-week extension of his first tenure while the proper inauguration is scheduled for June 12 once and for all.

The June 12 has always been celebrated by the southwest States since the demise of MKO Abiola. The government of the States declare June 12 holiday and organize lectures.

With the involvement of the Federal Government in June 12 now, one will expect all the 36 States to join in the anniversary not only to mark democracy but to remember the heroes of that day.

Five years after MKO Abiola won the landmark election, he died in the custody of the military government headed by Gen. Sani Abacha.

To many Nigerians, the death of Chief MKO Abiola was synonymous to freedom of Nigerians from military rule and ushered in civil government, which will be 20 years on May 29.

Taking of oath on May 29 with inauguration ceremony scheduled for June 12 this year is like postponing the actual date that a government tenure should end.

The question to ask now is, when would Buhari tenure end in 2023, is it May 29 or June 12. Unarguably, there will be debate on this when the time comes.

Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu has said that the inauguration would be on May 29 but Mohammed swiftly countered that during the press conference.

Would it have been wrong for the Buhari-led Federal Executive Council to have forwarded a letter to the National Assembly to legislate June 12 this year as the date of oath taking and inauguration ceremony of all the elected president and governors?

Nigerians will like to see how much will be budgeted for the low-key May 29 oath taking by Buhari and how governors of other States will embrace June 12 as the true Democracy Day.

Besides southwest States where MKO Abiola hailed from, which other State government will celebrate June 12 with energy and give honour to the late cheif MKO Abiola, the true hero of democracy?

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