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A former aide of Chief MKO Abiola, Lisa Olu Akerele, has said that naming National stadium after the late winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari has good heart.

Akereke said that President has demonstrated he remains a father to all Nigerians by his action.

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

Akerele said that no other head of state had honoured the late billionaire like President Buhari.

The former aide said that 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 will 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 contribution for 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 as real ‘Daniel come to judgement’ 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 remains a hero we should encourage so that he would do more.

”President Buhari must pay attention to sports development by appointing capable hand as the next Minister for Sports and Youths in his cabinet.

“Naming the National Stadium after the late MKO is like affixing the late democracy hero’s name on our nation’s currency, which carry the names of our past heroes like Obafemi Awo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Murtala Muhammed, Ahmadu Bello and other.”

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