FG Renames National Stadium, Abuja as Moshood Abiola Stadium

As part of the celebrations for the new Democracy Day, the Federal Government of Nigeria has renamed the National Stadium, Abuja which will now be known as Moshood Abiola Stadium despite having one already named after him.

The renaming comes in light of the role Chief M.K.O. Abiola played in the fight for a democratically elected government. MKO, as he was fondly known died while in prison for committing treason against the then-ruling military government under General Sani Abacha.

The stadium, which hosted the 8th All Africa Games, is a multi-sports stadium with the complement of a Games Village, with the mainbowl seating 60,491.

The Aguja Stadium was completed in 2003 after ground broke in 2000 and it gulped around $360 million in construction costs.

M.K.O. Abiola contested for elections under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on June 12, 1993, which was annulled by the Military President, Ibrahim Babangida.