President Muhammadu Buhari has renamed the Abuja National Stadium after the late Chief MKO Abiola.
“Today, I propose the renaming of the Abuja National Stadium. Henceforth it will be called the Moshood Abiola National Stadium,” Buhari said during the Democracy Day speech.
Abiola, the presumed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election died while in prison when General Abdulsalami Abubakar took over after Abacha’s death.
He was imprisoned by the Abacha military government for refusing to renounce his mandate as the elected President of Nigeria.
Twenty one years after, the controversy around the sudden death of Abiola on the day he was due to be released from prison has not resolved.
Successive governments ignored aside calls for Abiola to be honoured and for the federal government to recognise June 12 as democracy day.
On June 6, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari conferred Abiola with nation’s highest honour, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR – the honour is exclusively conferred only on presidents and former presidents, and also declared June 12 as Democracy Day.