June 12th:Details of Why Nigerian Youth Chose June 12 as a day to Protest against Government


If you are on social media, you might have come across today’s date 12th June among the top trends.

The trend is generated by millions of Nigerian youth across the globe who are staging a nationwide demonstration and equally creating awareness on social media.

Even though the federal government has banned Twitter in Nigeria, Nigerian youth both home and abroad has been using various VPNs to have access to Twitter to pass their messages to reach others across the globe.

One will ask, of all days why did Nigerian Youth choose today as the ideal date to express how unpleasant they are with its current leadership.

June 12th remains a significant day in Nigeria’s Nigeria’s Democracy. The Day is a public holiday commemorated to mark the restoration of democracy to the country.

After years of military junta/coup d’etat, Nigeria held its first free and fair elections on June 12th 1993 which saw Moshood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO) emerging as the President elect at the time.

Even though the military led by Ibrahim Babangida yet again took over immediately after the election, the date is quite significant to Nigerians because it forms an important transition to their current state of holding a periodic election.

Judging from the current issues of human right abuse against the Buhari led administration, youth unemployment, insecurity, harassment of state security etc, Nigerian youth declared today as a day of protest to hit the streets on issues of national interest and how polarized the country has become especially under the watch of Muhammadu Buhari who is their current President.

At the time of filing this report, the demonstrators have taken over most part of the country detailing economic hardship, insecurity, youth unemployment among other reasons they were hitting the street.

The Nigerian Police per report are also firing tear gas in some instance against some determined youth who want to pass their frustrations to their government.

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