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Kwande hails Buhari for honouring MKO Abiola, appeals for Abuja Stadium’s repair

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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A former member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Suleiman Yahaya Kwande, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising June 12 as “Democracy Day”, as well as for naming the Abuja National Stadium after late MKO Abiola, 26 years after the 1993 presidential election was annulled.

In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, Mr Kwande, a serving Board Member of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, representing North Central, described President Buhari’s action as historic, saying that the new development would bring more dynamism to our democratic system and boost sporting activities.

“President Muhammadu Buhari must be commended for announcing June 12 as democracy day and for remembering MKO Abiola for the pains he has gone through in sustaining democracy by naming Abuja International stadium after him,” Mr Kwande said.

Mr Kwande, a former Mighty Jet F.C Chairman, urged the President to see to the repair of the stadium as it had been abandoned for long.

He said: “The Abuja now (MKO Abiola) stadium has not been considered for any sporting activities for sometimes now. I am urging the president to immediately repair it so that sporting activities can immediately resume.”

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Kwande is a pioneer and youngest Member Nigeria Football Professional League, NPFL, former President, Nigerian Beach Soccer Club and Pioneer Chairman West African Beach Soccer Club.

 

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