Adams, activists want National Stadium named after Abiola


 Some human rights activists and the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to name the National Stadium in Lagos after the late businessman, Chief Moshood Abiola.

The call was made on Friday at a programme organised by the group in Lagos to mark the 22nd anniversary of the controversial annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election believed to have been won by Abiola.

Adams and some activists, including the President of Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, tasked Buhari to honour the late businessman.

Adams said, “I call on President Buhari to renovate and rename the National Stadium in Lagos after Bashorun Abiola.

“Apart from giving justice to a man to whom much is owed by Nigerians, the decision will also go a long way to encourage the young ones that whatever sacrifice they make for their country is not in vain.”

Okei-Odumaki, who described Abiola as a man who “paid the supreme price” also said the National Stadium in Lagos should be named after Abiola.

“Our Democracy Day should be June 12; government should make it the Democracy Day nationwide and the day should be declared a national public holiday,” she added.

The Chairman, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, Mr. Debo Adeniran, said, “But beyond renaming National Stadium after the late Abiola, June 12 should be named Abiola Day and it should be declared a national public holiday.”

One of Abiola’s sons, Aliyu, who was at the event, called for investigations into the deaths of all the people who lost their lives as a result of the annulment of the 1993 presidential election.

SOURCE: The Punch.

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