A day after the maiden edition of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day celebration, reactions have not ceased to pour in.
Many Nigerians, including some June 12 advocates have continued to laud the gesture – which is believed to be a well-deserved honour done to Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, the adjudged winner of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Following president Buhari’s executive order, in 2018, conferring MKO Abiola with the highest national honour, in the land, GCFRN, and replacing the initial Democracy day of May 29 with June 12, the maiden celebration was held yesterday.
In the presence of invited dignitaries at the Eagles Square event, the president, in a bid to further immortalize the late Yoruba businessman cum politician, announced the renaming of the Abuja National Stadium to Moshood Abiola Stadium.
While there have been mixed reactions from many observers across the country, those from the Southwestern part of the country have particularly lauded the move.
Reacting on Thursday, a day after, former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has chided ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo for failing to honoured Abiola before Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Senator Femi Okurounmu (Ogun Central 1999 —2003), In 2003, 19 Senators passed a special motion to have the National Stadium named after MKO Abiola, upon completion, got it signed by then-Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim and forwarded it the then President Olusegun Obasanjo but he chose to ignore it.
Fayose in a tweet shared on Thursday on his verified Twitter handle opined that it was a shame to former President Obasanjo that a northerner was later going to honour his own (Obasanjo’s) kingsman. while also commending President Buhari for the gesture.
“Honouring MKO Abiola by @MBuhari is to Obasanjo’s shame.
It remains a sore-point of his political history that because of ego, Obasanjo, who’s the greatest beneficiary of the June 12, 1993 struggle failed to honour his kinsman, MKO Abiola. So, I commend President Buhari” Fayose tweeted.
Honouring MKO Abiola by @MBuhari is to Obasanjo's shame.
It remains a sore-point of his political history that because of ego, Obasanjo, who's the greatest beneficiary of the June 12, 1993 struggle failed to honour his kinsman, MKO Abiola. So, I commend President Buhari.
— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) June 13, 2019
Obasanjo’s failure to recognize Abiola may not be unconnected to the events that played out during the election of June 12, 1993, in which the former president has been repeatedly accused of playing a part in the annulment.
Recall that Abiola’s running mate in the annulled election of June 12, Babagana Kingibe, had yesterday made fresh revelations about how ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was one of the architects of the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.