President Mohammadu Buhari renamed the Abuja National Stadium as Moshood Abiola Stadium. This was part of the June 12 in Nigeria celebration that took place at Eagle’s Square, Abuja.
Just about a year ago, the president declared June 12 democracy day and honored late chief Abiola with GCFR. Abiola was a businessman and politician. He contested the 1993 general elections on the platform of the SDP and won.
However, the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida annulled the election. Thereafter, Chief Abiola was arrested and sent to prison.
Abiola was assassinated in Abuja on July 7, 1998.
Here is what people are saying about June 12 in Nigeria on social media
The Abuja National Stadium now to be known as the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, in Honor of the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential Election (a man famously known as “Pillar of Sports in Africa.”) Announced today by President @MBuhari in his #DemocracyDay Speech
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) June 12, 2019
While I commend @MBuhari for renaming the Abuja National Stadium as the Moshood Abiola National Stdium, effort should be put in place to renovate the stadium for proper usage.
— Kemoshiloh Shiloh (@kemoshiloh) June 12, 2019
Chief MKO Abiola lives on in our minds and hearts as a hero of Nigeria's democracy.
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) June 11, 2019