Buhari Renames Abuja National Stadium, ‘Moshood Abiola Stadium’
SWITZERLAND, JUNE 12 – President Muhammadu Buhari has renamed the Abuja National Stadium as ‘Moshood Abiola Stadium’ after the late M.K.O Abiola, the hero of democracy whom June 12 is commemorated for.
The Presidency announced the change of name on Wednesday, June 12, during the celebration of Democracy Day.
Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola was a Nigerian businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan. MKO Abiola ran for the presidency in 1993, for which the election results were annulled by the preceding military president Ibrahim Babangida because of allegations that they were corrupt and unfair.
By the time of his death, he had become an unexpected symbol of democracy.
Abiola was awarded the GCFR posthumously on 6 June 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria’s democracy day was changed to June 12.