- Buhari says it is part of the healing and reconciliation process.
- …..We will see the significant focus, resource and, where necessary reform.
As part of the June 12 activities, President Muhammadu Buhari has renamed the Abuja National Stadium after MKO Abiola.
Abiola is the adjudged winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election but was not declared the winner.
This was renamed by President Muhammadu Buhari during his inaugural speech at the Eagles Square on Wednesday.
“Today, I propose the re-naming of the Abuja National Stadium. Henceforth it will be called MOSHOOD ABIOLA NATIONAL STADIUM,” he declared.
According to the president, this is part of the process of healing and reconciliation.
‘I approved the recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day and invested the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola and Babagana Kingibe with National Honours, as I did with the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi. The purpose was to partially atone for the previous damage done in annulling the Presidential elections of that year.”
The president added that despite the challenges over the last four years, his optimism about Nigeria’s future is unshaken and Nigeria’s role in the world as an emerging economic force is without a doubt.
“Over the next four years, we are committed to assembling a strong team of Nigerians, and allies, to implement our transformative plans and proposals. We will see significant focus, resource and, where necessary reform, in tertiary and technical education to reposition Nigeria’s workforce for the modern technological age.
He also stated that his administration will not tolerate actions by any individual or groups of individuals who seek to attack “our way of life or those who seek to corruptly enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of us.
‘We will crack down on those who incite ordinary innocent people to violence and unrest. l. We will ensure that such actions are met with the strong arm of the law.”
Buhati also promised to keep the oath of office made and to serve as President for all Nigerians.