- The outgoing president, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the renaming of 15 airports after some prominent Nigerians
- This was contained in a statement signed by the head of press and public affairs of the Ministry of Aviation, Odutayo Oluseyi
- The Airports include Akure International Airport, named after Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu; Benin International Airport, now known as Oba Akenzua II
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A few hours before exiting office as Nigeria's 15th President, Muhammadu Buhari, approved the renaming of 15 airports after some prominent Nigerian leaders.
The approval was given on Friday, May 26, according to a statement from the Ministry of Aviation, signed by the head of press and public affairs, Odutayo Oluseyi, The Cable reported.
Airports renamed after past leaders
The airports include Akure International Airport, named after Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu; Benin International Airport, named after Oba Akinzua II; and Dutse International Airport, renamed Muhammed Nuhu Sanusi. Ebonyi International Airport Okadigbo will now be known as Chuba Wilberforce, while Gombe International Airport was renamed Brigadier Zakari Maimalari, Daily Trust report added.
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Also on the list are Ibadan International Airport (Samuel Ladoke Akintola); Ilorin International Airport (General Tunde Abdullahi Idiagbon); Kaduna International Airport (Gen. Hassan Usman Katsina); and Maiduguri International Airport (President Muhammadu Buhari), Leadership report further confirmed.
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