The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated uncommon courage by declaring June 12 as Democracy Day.
Mohammed stated this while speaking with reporters after a condolence visit to the office of Punch Newspapers, over the death of its Chairman, Gbadebowale Aboderin.
He was accompanied on the visit by heads of government-owned media organisations.
“President Buhari has actually demonstrated uncommon courage and shown that he is a listening president by the decision to make June 12 Democracy Day as against May 29.
“Simply put, the president has immortalised MKO Abiola and that is no mean feat. All lovers of democracy must stand with the president on the decision.
“By hearkening to the yearnings of Nigerians, President Buhari has shown he is indeed a consummate democrat.
“With the decision, he has shown he is a better democrat and more courageous leader than those who, despite the significance of June 12, opted to celebrate May 29 for many years,” Mohammed said.