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Nigeria has renamed a major university in the commercial capital of Lagos after a political prisoner who died in jail over a decade ago.
President Goodluck Jonathan announced on Tuesday on state-run television that the University of Lagos would be renamed M.K.O. Abiola University in honor of the presidential hopeful's “martyrdom.”
Abiola was a businessman widely believed to be the winner of a 1993 presidential poll annulled by General Ibrahim Babangida. Babangida's military successor, General Sani Abacha, then jailed Abiola who died in detention in 1998.
Abacha was a military ruler who suppressed dissent. In January, his chief security officer was sentenced to death by hanging over the death of Abiola's wife in 1996.
Nigeria has been democratic for the last 13 years after a series of military regimes. – Sapa-AP