President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday proposed the renaming of the National Stadium in Abuja after M.K.O Abiola.
The move, according to him was part of efforts to atone for the “damage done in annulling the presidential election” of June 12, 1993.
Several reactions have trailed the proposal, with some Nigerians stating that the development is well-deserved.
Although some have commended the move, they also believe that more has to be done to honour the efforts of Abiola and other heroes of Nigeria’s democratic struggle.
See some of the reactions below.
Moshood Abiola National Stadium
Thank you @MBuhari. Thank you.
Adrnsl Olbimp Abl (@RinsolaAbiola) June 12, 2019
-PMB changed #Democracyday to June 12.
-PMB renamed National Stadium to MKO Stadium 🏟
Moshood Abiola mood from heaven: pic.twitter.com/GlvzftXpG1
Farouq Siyi (@wiz_rhyno) June 12, 2019
Awesome moments of this #DemocracyDay. It’s a big POSITIVE our Democracy is uninterrupted at 20! We shall get better as a Nation 💕
Abuja National Stadium now MOSHOOD ABIOLA NATIONAL STADIUM! Thank you PMB/PYO pic.twitter.com/x4btZKr5ov
The proposal by @MBuhari to name the National Stadium in Abuja after Chief MKO Abiola is commendable and generous. Those of us from the SW and indeed all June 12th and NADECO fighters and veterans from all over the country shall never forget this act of kindness and compassion.
Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) June 12, 2019
Renaming the National Stadium Abuja after Chief MKO Abiola is a great honour and commendable.Abiola was a pillar of sports,he deserves it.This should also be an opportunity to renovate and refurbish the arena for so long in decrepit state.
Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) June 12, 2019
Olufunke Lawson (@bravefacefunkie) June 12, 2019
While I commend @MBuhari for renaming the Abuja National Stadium as the Moshood Abiola National Stdium, effort should be put in place to renovate the stadium for proper usage.
Kemoshiloh Shiloh (@kemoshiloh) June 12, 2019
Some others, however, criticised the move.
I believe President Buhari didn’t think it through before renaming National Stadium to Moshood Abiola Stadium. It seems like an emotional decision made on the spur of the moment. What about MKO Abiola Stadium at Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State? 🙄#DemocracyDay #Nigeria #June12 pic.twitter.com/EXw1raDk90
AyeMojuba 💕🇳🇬 (@ayemojubar) June 12, 2019