As part of celebrations to mark Nigeria’s first Democracy Day, President Muhammadu Buhari has named the National Stadium in the nation’s capital, Abuja, after the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections, Chief Moshood Abiola.
At the Eagle Square on Wednesday, Buhari said: “As we all know, correcting injustice is a pre-requisite for peace and unity. As part of the process of healing and reconciliation, I approved the recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day and invested the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola and Babagana Kingibe with National Honours, as I did with the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi. The purpose was to partially atone for the previous damage done in annulling the Presidential elections of that year.
“Today, I propose the re-naming of the Abuja National Stadium. Henceforth it will be called MOSHOOD ABIOLA NATIONAL STADIUM.”