A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for renaming the Abuja National Stadium to ‘MKO Abiola Stadium’.
ORIENTAL TIMES had reported that Buhari renamed Abuja National Stadium as MKO Abiola Stadium during the Democracy Day celebration at Eagle Square on Wednesday
According to Buhari, Abiola gave immense support to the development of sports in Nigeria and Africa, and was named and honoured as Pillar of Sports in Africa for his contribution.
He formed Abiola Babes Football Club, which was based in Abeokuta and was one of the big teams that dominated soccer in the country between 1982 and 2001 when it was disbanded.
He was quoted as saying, “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 late Chief M.K.O. Abiola and Babagana Kingibe with National Honours as I did with late Gani Fawehinmi.
“The purpose was to partially atone for the previous damage done in annulling the Presidential election of that year.
“Today, I propose the re-naming of the Abuja National Stadium. Henceforth it will be called Moshood Abiola National Stadium,’’
Reacting, Fani- Kayode on his Twitter page commended Buhari for being generous.
He said, “The proposal by @MBuhari to name the National Stadium in Abuja after Chief MKO Abiola is commendable and generous.
“Those of us from the SW and indeed all June 12th and NADECO fighters and veterans from all over the country shall never forget this act of kindness and compassion.”