There was a rowdy session in the House of Reps over Buhari's decision to declare June 12 Nigeria's democracy day.
On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Buhari handed out the highest award in the land to the late Abiola and declared that June 12 will henceforth replace May 29 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.
A handful of lawmakers in the House of Reps described Buhari’s declaration as unconstitutional and asked that the decision to posthumously honour Abiola be rescinded.
There was support for Buhari’s decision on the floor of the House of Reps too, with those against it saying they want the executive arm of government to adhere to the rule of law.
In the senate, Senator Dino Melaye had started kicking against the decision, when he said; "A dead man is not a citizen of Nigeria and can't receive the award", when he was shouted down by his colleagues and promptly ruled out of order.
Abiola was winning the majority of votes cast after the 1993 election, when then military President Ibrahim Babangida cancelled the exercise and declared the vote null and void.
The annulment sparked protests and unrest across Nigeria. Abiola died in prison custody 5 years after the vote. He had refused to renounce his mandate.