Stadium: Abiola’s Ex-Aide Lauds Buhari

 Stadium: Abiola’s Ex-Aide Lauds Buhari

An ex-aide of Chief MKO Abiola, Olu Akerele, says naming the National Stadium, Abuja after the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election by President Muhammadu Buhari is commendable.

He said the action of the President will make the late politician happy in his grave.

Akerele, who was a personal assistant to Abiola, said no other leader had honoured the late billionaire like President Buhari.

The former aide said Abiola was a lover of sports while alive, adding that the National Stadium remains the best sporting monument to bear the name of the sport-loving late politician.

Akerele, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, called on Nigerians to support President Buhari in his second term, adding that the President would not let the electorate down.

He said it would be wrong for the late Pillar of Sports in Africa to die without a sporting centre named after him in the country, despite his contributions to the growth of sports in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

He said, “Naming the National Stadium after MKO Abiola is commendable. Apart from MKO’s legendary philanthropy, another area where he excelled was in the sporting arena, which earned him the title of Pillar of Sports in Africa.

“President Buhari has truly proved himself by rewriting the historical roles played by MKO in almost all areas of national development, which some misguided former military officers tried to rubbish in the last 25 years.

“I’m sure that Abiola is happy and will be smiling in his grave now. He has not laboured in vain and his death has also not been without notice. President Buhari is a hero we should encourage, so that he would do more.

“Naming the National Stadium after the late MKO is like affixing the late democracy hero’s name on our nation’s currency, which carries the names of our past heroes like Obafemi Awolowo, NnamdiAzikwe, Murtala Muhammed, Ahmadu Bello and others.”

Akerele advised the President to pay more attention to sports development by appointing a capable hand as the next Minister of Sports in his cabinet.

Ayomide Oyewole

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