Abuja Stadium renaming:  Abiola will be happy in grave, says ex-aide  – Punch Newspapers

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Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

Chief Olu Akerele has said that naming the National Stadium after the winner of the June 12, 1993, Presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, by President  Muhammadu Buhari is commendable.

He said the action of the President will make the late politician happy in his grave.

Akerele, who was the personal assistant to Abiola, said that no other head of state had honoured the late billionaire like President Buhari.

The former aide said that Abiola was a lover of sports, adding that the national stadium remained the best sporting monument to bear the name of the sport-loving late politician.

Akerele, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, called on Nigerians to support President Buhari in his second term, adding that the President will not let the electorate down.

He said it would be wrong for the late Pillar of Sports in Africa to die without a sporting centre named after him in the country despite his contributions to the growth of sports in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

He said, “Naming the National Stadium after MKO Abiola is commendable. Apart from MKO’S legendary philanthropy, another area where he excelled was in the sporting arena which earned him the title of Pillar of Sports in Africa.

“President Buhari has truly proved himself as real  ‘Daniel come to judgement’ by rewriting the historical roles played by MKO in almost all areas of national development which some misguided former military officers tried to rubbish in the past 25 years!

“I’m sure that Abiola is happy and will be smiling in his grave now. He has not laboured in vain and his death has also not been without notice. President Buhari remains a hero we should encourage so that he would do more. ”

Akerele advised President Buhari to pay more attention to sports development by appointing capable hand as the next Minister for Sports and Youths in his cabinet.

“Naming the National Stadium after the late MKO is like affixing the late democracy hero’s name on our nation’s currency, which carry the names of our past heroes like  Obafemi Awo, Nnamdi Azikwe, Murtala Muhammed, Ahmadu Bello and other,” Akerele added.

He said that history will definitely be kind to President Buhari for restoring the dignity of MKO in many significant ways.



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