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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday renamed the National Stadium Abuja to Moshood Abiola stadium as mark of honour to the late winner of the June 12 1993, Presidential Election.
This was announced on Wednesday by the president while delivering his 2019 June 12 Democracy Day celebration at the Eagles Square Abuja.
It would be recalled that Abiola had run for the presidency in 1993, but the election results were annulled by former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, popularly called IBB.
But Buhari, on the 6th of June 2018 recognised the election and awarded Abiola posthumously with Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) – award meant for Presidents.
According to Buhari, the country only needs to get its acts together because it has all it takes to become a world power.
Buhari was optimistic that Nigeria can do it, since nations like China, India and Indonesian achieved the feat, saying that Nigeria’s economy is expected to grow 2.7% this year. “Nigeria can do it,” he said.
He noted that his administration has made remarkable progress in the fight against corruption, improving economy and securing the nation in the past four years.
The president also assured that his administration in the next four years would consolidate on the achievements recorded in the past four years.
He urged state governments and the private sector to play their own part, as the Federal Government cannot develop the nation alone.
Buhari said that his administration will not tolerate any form of attack and violence against Nigerians in any part of the country, noting that the country’s unity is unshakable.
“Join me in this journey of rebuilding our nation,” he added.
By Taiye Agbaje
Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (PDP-Enugu), said he decided to contest for the Deputy Senate President seat in protest against the nomination of Omo-Agege for the position .
Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West Senatorial District, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen shortly after the election at the National Assembly complex,in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekweremadu, who is the immediate-past deputy senate president, and Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege vied for the position.
While Ekweremadu scored 37 votes out of the 105 votes, Omo-Agege polled 68 votes to emerge the new deputy senate president.
He said he decided to contest in protest against the nomination of Omo-Agege for the position of the number-two man of the 9th Senate.
I believe that there must be a referendum looking at what happened when I was presiding when the Senate was invaded.
It would have been very embarrassing that somebody who led that operation would just be asked to take a bow and would be endorsed and we all walkover as if it doesnt matter.
So I wanted a situation where Nigerians, especially through their representatives, will be able to present a referendum in respect of what transpired and then be able to either endorse or condemn it, he said.
On when he took the decision, he said: Only this morning because actually we werent minded to run for any office but we thought that our friends in APC will be able to come up with another candidate.
On how he felt with the outcome of the election, he said: I think that God has just given me that opportunity to have a rest.
For over 20 years I have been very busy with politics, with leadership, with governance. So I think this is an opportunity for me to have a rest and reflect on so many other things.
The lawmaker said he hoped that the present Senate would be able to wake up to the current challenges of insecurity, unemployment and issue of disunity, among others, which are staring the nation in the face.
I think these are issues we have to work with the executive closely to address outside the party lines, he said.
He said without tackling some of these fundamental issues, the country would not make any progress. (NAN)
The newly inaugurated Executive Council of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has congratulated the President of the 9th Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan on his election.
The Council led by Comrade Abdullahi Almustapha Asuku also congratulated all members of the just inaugurated 9th National Assembly.
A statement signed by Awujoola Kehinde, National PRO, the NYCN urged the new legislature to ensure that it deepens democracy.
We the Apex and Umbrella Youth Organisation in Nigeria, use this medium to formally congratulate all members of the Red and Green Chamber as they begin another four years (4) of legislative duties to initiate and pass bills that would represent the general interest of the citizenry and the nation at large.
NYCN beseech the legislative arm of government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to help deepening democratic principles and values in the country and ensure its goods are enjoyed by the citizens at large.
Looking to a more better and virile performance from the 9th National Assembly that would always be the opium of the people they represent at there various Senatorial districts and constituencies.
Congratulations once again to all members of the 9th National Assembly(NASS) on your inauguration today 11th day of June, 2019, it said.