The activities of the 2022 Democracy Day commemoration have commenced at the Eagle Square, Abuja, with marching of commander guards brigade general salutes.
The commander guard brigade took his position and salute at 9:00 a.m.
This will be followed with the arrival of special dignitaries, including President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, former presidents and vice presidents. Others expected are chief justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, secretary to government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, ministers and members of the National Assembly.
Also expected at the venue were permanent secretaries and heads of federal ministries and parastatals.
Some of the dignitaries already seated are service chiefs and the inspector general of police, the national security adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, Babagana Kingibe.
President Buhari, in his Democracy Day speech, in his Democracy Day speech, took a swipe at the regime of military President Ibrahim Babangida for annulling the June 12 Presidential Election won by Late Chief MKO Abiola.
The annulled election has been adjudged the freest and fairest in the nation’s history.
In his address to the nation, President Buhari said:
On June 12th 1993, Nigerians saw the best in our citizens as we all went out to vote peacefully. By June 24th 1993, we also saw the worst of our leadership as the elections were annulled.