The headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspaper of Thursday, June 13, are focused on the maiden June 12 Nigeria Democracy Day celebration, the renaming of the Abuja stadium after MKO Abiola, among other top stories.
The Punch reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, June 12 honoured the winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late Chief MKO Abiola by renaming the Abuja stadium after him.
Mixed reaction, however, followed the renaming as Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) presidential candidate, said it is interesting that Nigerians are celebrating democracy under a government whose policies negate what they are celebrating.
The Nation reports that Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, a former secretary to the government of the federation and also a running mate of Abiola, on Wednesday, June 12, said that former president Olusegun Obasanjo was one of those behind the cancellation of the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by Abiola.
Kingibe said that though Obasanjo tried to organise a meeting of statesmen to address the consequences of June 12 crisis, President Buhari did not go to further meetings apart from the first one because of the direction the meeting took.
Vanguard reports that Buhari on Wednesday, June 12, put much of the blame of the inter-communal and inter-religious violence in the nation on ethnic, religious and political leaders.
The president also said he would go hard on those encouraging ordinary and innocent people to cause violence and social unrest.
This Day reports that Buhari during his address at the national Democracy Day on Wednesday, June 12, said it is possible to lift 100 million people out of poverty in 10 years.
The president said his administration will therefore begin to make plans to get people out of poverty through leadership that has a sense of purpose.
The Guardian reports that many were surprised that an occasion, Nigeria’s Democracy Day, that was meant to have the attendance of former leaders did not have any of them present.
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Despite the fact that the names of Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan, Yakubu Gowon, Abdulsalami Abubakar, and Ibrahim Babangida were in the copies of the programmes, none of them were at the event.
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