The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has described President Muhammed Buhari as a man who had chosen the road less traveled, by making Abiola the cornerstone and pillar of Nigerian democracy.
He disclosed this during the unveiling of the signage in Abuja recently, as history was made at the second anniversary of the renaming of the Abuja National Stadium edifice, by His Excellency, President Buhari, in honour of the widely acclaimed winner of the June 12th, 1993 Presidential Election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
The Minister opined that it is therefore fitting and proper for President Buhari to have named the National stadium, an iconic monument after such an illustrious citizen and a lover of sports. “This renaming beyond its symbolism will remain a reminder through time of the indelible footprints Chief Abiola left in our political and sports development as a nation’’.
He added that the naming of this stadium will serve as beacon to other Nigerians with ways and means like Abiola to emulate him and embrace, support and invest in sports development. “Under this dispensation we have seen Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Chief Adebutu Keshington step up to the plate to support the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in the quest to restore our sporting infrastructure such as this. We thank them and several others supporting in their own little ways’’.
He described Abiola as a great and illustrious Nigerian, Pan Africanist par excellence and a great lover and promoter of sports, not only in Nigeria but Africa as a whole, adding that the Buhari administration had presented another opportunity to reassure Nigerians that the labour and supreme sacrifice made by Chief Abiola is today, the pillar and symbol of democracy in the country.In his res
ponse, Kola Abiola, son of the late Moshood Abiola, who represented the family appreciated President Buhari for the renewed hope he gave to Nigerians by recognising June 12 Democracy and giving the late MKO Abiola the highest honour of Grand Commander of Federal Republic (GCFR.) posthumously.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was the Special Guest of Honour was represented by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Musa Bello at the event.The occasion was graced by Ministers and , Permanent Secretaries, including Mr Gabriel Aduda, also had other top Government officials and dignitaries.
Photo: Minister of Youths and Sport Development, Mr Sunday Dare, FCT Minister, Musa Bello, First Son of the Late MKO Abiola, Kola Abiola and others at the Stadium