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Buhari, Jonathan, Tinubu, others feature in Nigeria’s democracy documentary

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President Muhammadu Buhari (right) with ECOWAS Special Envoy on the crisis in Mali, former President Goodluck Jonathan after a meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja…yesterday. PHOTO: NAN<br />

In commemoration of Democracy Day, June 12, 2021, a one-hour documentary titled “Nigeria: Consolidating Democracy and National Unity,” will be released at the weekend, the presidency said.

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The film features President Muhammadu Buhari and dignitaries who were central to the annulled June 12 election and the events that followed, including General Abdulsalam Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Kola Abiola, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, and Mohammed Fawehinmi, son of legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi who along with Amb. Babagana Kingibe was also recognized with a Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) national honor.

With sections dedicated to the annulled election, recognition process, and evolution of Nigeria’s democracy and continuing quest for its consolidation and national unity from Independence in 1960, the documentary was filmed exclusively in Nigeria and directed by the award-winning, Nigerian-American, Hollywood-based filmmaker Ose Oyamendan.

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Also featured are President Goodluck Jonathan, children of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the country’s first and only Prime Minister, those of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the first republic opposition leader and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first President as well as Amb. Shehu Malami, nephew of Sir Ahmadu Bello and son of Sultan Abubakar III, as they capture the spirit of Nigeria’s Independence Day in 1960.

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said the documentary will debut simultaneously on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Channels TV networks on Saturday at 8:00-9:00 pm. TVC will be showing at 4:30-5:30 pm the following day, Sunday, June 13.


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