President Muhammadu Buhari has renamed the national stadium in Abuja after the winner of the 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola.
President Buhari last year conferred on Abiola the country’s highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, reserved only for presidents.
He also declared June 12, the day the election held, as Nigeria’s democracy day. Since 1999, democracy day was celebrated on May 29. Wednesday was the first time the celebration happened on June 12.
In events marking Nigeria’s 20th year of uninterrupted democracy, Buhari said the national stadium will henceforth be known as Moshood Abiola Stadium.
“I declared June 12 in memory of the late Abiola and gave honour to him and I have also named the Abuja Stadium after him,” the president announced.
The event at the Eagles Square was attended by other foreign leaders including the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.
Abiola won that year’s poll based on available results but the election was cancelled by the military government of Ibrahim Babangida.
Abiola later died in prison, months after he declared himself president.