Following the renaming of Abuja stadium after late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola as part of the historical event set aside by President Muhammadu Buhari to mark the maiden celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day, Nigerians on social media have come out to register their felling.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that on Wednesday, June 12, the president renamed the popular stadium in honour of the late business icon and Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential candidate, who was widely adjudged winner of the presidential election held on June 12, 1993.
The election, which was said to be the most free and fair election in Nigeria's history, could have been a transition from military rule to democratic government had it not been annulled by former military head of state General Ibrahim Babangida.
President Buhari had meanwhile conferred the GCFR honour to the late politician posthumously and renamed the stadium after him in what Nigerians have described as official recognition of his victory.
Legit.ng therefore gathers reactions of Nigerians as Abuja stadium henceforth becomes MKO Abiola stadium.
The presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, on her verified account @Laurestar also reacted to the development.
Another Twitter user also commented:
And not without this:
And on Facebook, Nigerians did not hide their true feeling. Take a look:
And of course this:
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide (YCYW) on Wednesday, June 12, in Lagos described President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration and celebration of June 12 as “Democracy Day” as a new dawn of hope.
The youth group, in a statement issued by its founder and president, Aremo Oladotun Hassan, said that a lot of what Abiola stood for as a distinct democrat had yet to be manifested in the polity.
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