Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday renamed the Abuja National Stadium after the late Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the 1993 General Election.
The honour is coming 26 years after that historical election adjudged to be the fairest since the country’s independent in 1960. The President had earlier signed into the law the recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day as well as public holiday replacing May 29th which was hitherto observed as public holiday and democracy day. The law now recognises May 29 as inauguration day only.
“Today, I propose the renaming of the Abuja National Stadium,” Buhari said this during his Democracy Day speech at the Eagle’s Square, Abuja.
“Henceforth it will be called the Moshood Abiola National Stadium.”
With the announcement on Wednesday the late business mogul and well-known philanthropist, now has two stadia named after him, the MKO Abiola Stadium in Kuto, Abeokuta, his home state and the National Stadium in Abuja
The Abuja stadium was originally constructed to host the 8th All Africa Games which took place in October 2003. The 61,000 capacity stadium was built at a cost of $360 million.
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