(The aerial view of the stadium. Image credit: premiumtimesng.com) When the mainbowl of the Abuja national stadium, (re-named MKO Abiola national stadium) was commissioned for the 8th All Africa Games in 2003, it was a monument of national pride because of its state of the art facilities, but few years after that, the 60,000 capacity sporting arena dilapidated to a site of national embarrassment with grass and garbage littering every spot.
On April 13, 1991, Nigerians were stunned because for the first time in the history of Nigerian football an 'Oyinbo' player was spotted in the Super Eagles squad, in Nigeria's African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Ghana at the National Stadium in Surulere. That "Oyinbo" player was no other than, Reuben Omojola Folasanje Agboola born on May 30th, 1962, in Camden, London, he was the first half-cast British-Nigerian to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Alhaji Buhari Sallau, the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Broadcast Media has recently shared a throwback picture of his friend and colleague, Malam Garba Shehu. The Presidential Aide used his verified Instagram handle (buharisallau) to communicate the development. The picture was taken in 1993 during the regime of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
When you’re good people will continue to talk about you even when you’re no more, such as the case of MKO Abiola who Dele Momodu described as a philanthropist in a video that was released online. In the video that was released online, Dele Momodu was seen talking about his experience with MKO Abiola to some people in which Dino Melaye and Senator Adeleke were in the video.
The year 1998 was a symbolic year in the history of Nigeria. Nigerians who are old enough would remember the schocking things that happened in the year. Events that happened in 1998 was tragic and cannot be easily forgotten. Below are the highlights of the shocking events that happened in 1998:
Moshood Kashimawo Olawale, MKO Abiola was born on August 24, 1937 in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Before he was formally named at 15 years old, he was known as "Kashimawo" which means "let's wait and see" in Yoruba language. At the age of nine years, he started his first business selling firewood.
Nigeria can now boast of a couple of world-class football stadiums in the country. Over the years, there were no world-class football stadiums in the whole of Africa. But things are changing for the better in Africa, especially Nigeria. In this article, we shall be taking a look at five world-class football stadiums in Nigeria.
Popular cartoonist, Mustapha Bulama, has released another cartoon about trending political discourse in the country. The latest edition is about the Southern Governors resolution that the next president must come from the South after President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure in 2023. After a meeting in Lagos State on July 5, 2021, 17 Southern Governors agreed that the region must produce the next president in 2023.
Just like every other profession, children of politicians learn from their parents and become politicians to reckon with. There are children of Nigerian politicians who have taken over from their fathers in politics and making their marks in Nigerian politics. Photo credit: Daily Post Lola Abiola-Edewor, the eldest daughter of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, MKO Abiola is one of them.
The hope-giving to the world of democracy, as it was asserted to be the fairest election ever conducted in Nigeria since the invention of democratic rule, June 12, 1993, election. The then military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Bandamasi Babangida, IBB, has said that the annulment of the election was for the interest of Nigerians and all for the preservation of Nigeria unity.
The need for the President of Nigeria, Muhamadu Buhari to forgive the self-acclaimed activist for the Yoruba Nation, Sunday Igboho has been advocated by the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi. The monarch made this known in a lengthy statement titled as ‘Igboho Saga: Oluwo Intervenes, Writes Buhari’ which was made available to newsmen, the Vanguard reports.
Southern Nigeria Frontier, a socio-political organisation, has called on former Head of State Gen Ibrahim Babangida (retd.) to apologize to Nigerians for the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections rather than try to rewrite history. Babangida's "iniquities are well kept," according to the SNF, and the former Head of State should not believe Nigerians have short memories.
During the recent Interview General Ibrahim Babangida granted the Arise TV,among other issues,the annulment of the June 12 election was revisited and it evoked the spirit of nostalgia on the one hand and the foreboding catastrophe the aftermath of the annulment caused. This is one election many have described as the most free and fair in the history of the nation.
The spokesperson to President Buhari, Garba Shehu, has revealed what late M. K. O. Abiola did in his office in 1993. Garba Shehu who took to his Facebook timeline some minutes ago, said that late Chief MKO Abiola, stopped by his office shortly after arriving Kano State for his campaign in 1993.
Military rule in Nigeria lasted for decades before the return to democracy in 1999. Various events like the death of MKO Abiola, death of Sani Abacha, protests and other which almost disintegrate Nigeria; before the last military head of state took over the leadership of Nigeria in 1998.
The explanation stated by the former military head of state Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) for annulling the presidential election result on June 12, 1993, has been branded as an insult to Nigerians' intelligence by Afenifere, a significant Yoruba socio-cultural organization. According to Afenifere, Babangida's behaviour cost him the chance to be the father of a Democratic Nigeria.
1. Sunday October 19th , 1986 - Dele Giwa , Editor - In - Chief of news watch was assassinated through a parcel bomb . 2. September 26th ,1992 : Nigeria air force plane crashed at Ejigbo killing all officers on board . 3.10th February , 1995 - FIFA cancelled Nigeria's hosting right of 1995 world youth championship .
Southern groups lampoon IBB for defending June 12 annulment Pro-democracy groups have criticised a former military head of state, General Ibrahim Babaginda, over his claim that his regime annulled the June 12, 1993 general election to avoid a violent coup. The election, which was keenly contested by the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, the late MKO Abiola; and the Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention, and said to have been won by Abiola, was adjudged as the most transparent election in Nigeria’s political history.
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Sowore recalled how he bravely encouraged Abiola exactly 28 years ago, telling him to ignore politicians urging him to abandon the June 12 mandate despite glaringly winning the election. Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has narrated his first personal encounter with Chief Moshood Abiola, popularly known as MKO Abiola, and why he chose on August 29, 1993 to stand by the politician following the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election by the Ibrahim Babangida-led military junta.
A sociopolitical group, Southern Nigeria Frontier, has asked former Head of State, Gen Ibrahim Babangida (retd.) to apologise to Nigerians over the annulment of the June 12, 193 presidential elections rather than trying to distort history. The southern group stated these in a release signed by its spokesman, Olufemi Lawson.