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Democracy Day: Buhari renames National stadium after Abiola


The National Stadium in Abuja has been renamed after the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, a Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).

It was renamed after the late business mogul by President Muhammadu Buhari in his Democracy Day address at the Eagles Square, Abuja.

The results of the election adjudged as the fairest and freest were annulled by former military President Ibrahim Babangida.
But Buhari, on June 6, last year, honoured Abiola posthumously with the GCFR award, meant only for presidents.

He urged world leaders to assist his administration in rebuilding the country, saying that he spent the first tenure in laying a foundation for development.

According to him, the privileged few who want the old order would not be allowed.

Buhari said: “Our focus will not be to help the privileged few but to ensure that Nigeria works for Nigerians of all persuasions. That is a more just arrangement.

“In my first term, we put Nigeria back on its feet. We are working again despite a difficult environment in oil on which we depend too much for our exports.

“We encountered huge resistance from vested interests who do not want Change, But Change has come, we now must move to the Next Level.

“By the Grace of God, I intend to keep the oath I have made today and to serve as President for all Nigerians.”

He warned that his government would not tolerate any action aimed at drawing back the hands of the clock.

Buhari said: “We will ensure that such actions are met with the strong arm of the law.


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