June 12: South-west States on Holiday

The six states in south-west Nigeria including Lagos have declared a public holiday on Monday to mark the 24th anniversary of a presidential election which was won by Moshood Abiola but annulled by the military government of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

Nigeria has yet to recover from the crisis caused by the annulment of the June 12 election results.

Abiola declared himself president on June 11, 1994, and was arrested on June 23 by the government of Gen. Sani Abacha. He remained in jail until July 7, 1998, when he died, just 30 days after Abacha also died in office (on June 8).

The Yoruba regard June 12 as the true Democracy day in Nigeria and not May 29.

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