As part of the celebration of Nigeria's 21st anniversary of democracy, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, June 12, officially unveiled the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja as a posthumous and monumental gift to the late national icon.
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The unveiling ceremony of the monumental stadium was attended by a representative of the president in the person of the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Musa Bello.
Other attendees at the grand event were M.K.O. Abiola's son, Kola, the minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo, the minister of Industries, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and of course the minister of sports, Sunday Dare.
Expressing his gratitude to the president for this gesture that exemplifies his love for the origin and establishment of democracy in Nigeria, Dare said: “President Buhari chose to walk the path where others failed to walk.
“He chose the path less travelled. Only a committed and patriotic leader can do that. We thank President Buhari for adding a significant chapter to the democratic culture of Nigeria."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in the spirit of democracy, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commemorated with millions of Nigerians on the 21st anniversary of democratic rule in the country.
Speaking through his media aides, Tunde Rahman and Ademola Oshodi on Thursday, June 11, Tinubu said democracy does not come on the platter of gold but "some people laboured, struggled and sacrificed for it."
The APC national leader noted that the principle of democracy is more than conducting election, but that all human beings are of essential value and are possessed of fundamental rights and liberties.
Tinubu also hailed the significant impact and sacrifice of late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, saying the late politician and business mogul was denied of his victory but he remains the first democratic president of the country.
"Bashorun Moshood Abiola stood fast and strong despite the enormous pressure against him. Those who hated democracy and equality tried to break his spirit and make him lose hope that democracy would ever come to our land. Abiola withstood it all and held to a dream.
"They could not crush his spirit so they took his body. They did not allow his dream turn to reality but victory was still his because he held fast with uncommon determination and principle. In spirit, Abiola was truly the first president of this democratic period," Tinubu said.
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