Former lawmaker, Shehu Sani has reacted to the renaming of the Abuja National Stadium after MKO Abiola, the adjudged winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, describing it as honourable and commendable.
President Muhammadu Buhari had during his inaugurated speech made the announcement, saying it is part of the healing and reconciliation process the country needs.
“Renaming the National Stadium Abuja after Chief MKO Abiola is a great honour and commendable. Abiola was a pillar of sports, he deserves it. This should also be an opportunity to renovate and refurbish the arena for so long in a decrepit state.
Sani who revealed those behind the move of revalidating Abiola’s mandate narrated the June 12 struggle, revealing how Babagana Kingibe was nominated by Abiola as Vice Presidential candidate.
“In 1993,Col Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (Rtd) played a key role in convincing Buhari and Adamu Chiroma to support the struggle for the revalidation of Abiola’s June 12 Mandate.
“While we were in Kiri Kiri Prisons in 1995, the great late Shehu Yar’adua told me that he recommended to Abiola to take Atiku as his Vice President But Abiola took Kingibe.
“In 1994,Col Umar (Rtd) hosted a meeting in his house in Kaduna; A Movement for Unity and Progress to fight for june 12 was formed, in attendance were the following; Balarabe Musa,Dr Bala Usman, Yohanna Madaki, Arzika Tambuwal, Ahmed Joda, James Bawa Magaji, Awesu Wana Kuta and I was the youngest among them.
“I believed that the very day former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido decides to write a Book on June 12, things that remain mysterious about June 12 will be known including the role played by all the political players concerned.
“During the June 12 struggle when Tinubu was hunted and wanted by the Military for his role in NADECO, Senator Abu Ibrahim was his link man to the Civil groups.
“When Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Mr Fred Eno, now based in Abuja was the link man between Mandela and Abiola; Before Mandela’s release, Fred was Abiola’s link to the African National Congress.”
While appreciating former President Olusegun Obasanjo for constructing the edifice, Sani urged the ruling government use its own completed project for ‘any more immortalization’.
“It’s important to appreciate ex-President Obasanjo for constructing a stadium in Abuja befitting of being renamed to immortalize a democratic hero. I will also advise this administration to henceforth use its own completed project for ‘any more immortalization’”
2019 Poll: Political parties created logistics problems for us -INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that a large number of political parties that participated in the 2019 general elections created a lot of logistics problem for the commission.
Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara state’s capital, Mohammed Haruna, the National Commissioner in charge of Kwara, Kogi and Nasarawa States, revealed that there were 799 litigations from the 2019 general elections across the country.
INEC organised a workshop in Kwara to review the 2019 general elections.
According to the National Commissioner, Jigawa had no petition from the election, Kwara had only three petitions and that Imo topped the list with 77 petitions.
Haruna, who further stated that there were over 800 million pre-election cases across the country that arose from political parties’ primary elections said something needed to be done about the numbers of the political parties registered.
“So you can see that with these kinds of problems we had, there is really a need to look at the number of political parties.
“We really need to do something about the 91 political parties, not just the quantity which generally speaking, the public has begun to complain that 93 political parties are on the high side,” he added.
While noting that 76 political parties contested for the Presidential election, he admitted that this was the source of the serious logistics problem that the commission had.
“We underestimated the kind of logistical problem that implied the size of the ballot papers, result sheets and so on.
“By the time these materials started arriving, we realise that it was a huge logistical problem.
“We are lucky, we had the Nigerian Air Force to help with the movement of the materials, they have always been helping us,” Haruna said.
“Nigerian Universities Are Slow In Discoveries,” Says Buhari
“Despite Nigeria independence for over 58 years, Nigerian Universities are slow in discoveries and intervention”
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari urges Universities across the nation to key into the efforts to be innovative through discoveries in order to help the country development at large, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
However, the Presidential representative and the former deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hazif Abubakar speaks on behalf of the president at the fourth convocation of the Federal University, Dutsinma, FUDMA, Katsina state on Saturday.
Prof. Abubakar states that “Research, critical thinking, moral dispositions, discoveries, and inventions should find natural habitats in our universities, as they do in several other universities in the world.
“Universities are supposed to be strong drivers of the country’s development initiatives for sustainable development.”
“It is not heart-warming that in our over 58 years of independence, Nigerian universities are slow in discoveries and inventions.”
Mr. President said that is administration is bound to perform in the area of creating more structures and facilities across the tertiary institutions in the country. He said training acquisition program would be dispensed through various interventions program.
He also urges that FUDMA and the Sokoto River Basin Development Authority develop a smooth partnership in order to restructure the agricultural sectors and channel out scientific support to the local farmers.
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