The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has decided to celebrate Democracy Day on June 12 .
The Vice President who gave the hint the on Tuesday, when he received at the Presidential Villa, Aristobulo Isturiz, the Vice President of Venezuela, who is leading the country’s delegation to Nigeria’s Democracy Day celebration stated that it was part of the ruling government’s commitment to progressive ideals.
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Osinbajo said that President Buhari administration believes in resolving some of the issues around the annulled June 12 1993 presidential election, the Vice President added that “One of the principal issues, politically, was the recognition of that election in 1993 which was won by, now late, Chief MKO Abiola, an important progressive opposition leader.
“That is why we are celebrating June 12 as our new Democracy Day. So, we are really very happy that you are able to share with us a very special event – the celebration of our new democracy day.”
Speaking on the ties between both countries, Osinbajo sai that the collaboration in economy, culture and science, amongst others, will be useful to the people.
“We need to do a lot as there are many areas for potential cooperation including in agriculture, oil and gas and mining.”
Also speaking, Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz said there is a need for improved cooperation between both countries including under the auspices of the non-aligned movement, describing Nigeria as an important mobiliser on the African continent.
In a related event, Osinbajo, in another similar meeting with the Vice Premier of North Korea, Ri Ryong Nam, said the potentials for enhanced cooperation between both countries were enormous.
He said that a more dynamic model of cooperation can be worked out especially in agriculture and technology.
“Food processing is one major area that we can look into. I hope we will be able to advance discussions on cooperation in the identified areas, and there are many other areas where we can deepen this cooperation.”
Vice Premier Ri Ryong Nam congratulated Nigeria on the occasion of the country’s Democracy Day celebration.