Sanwo-Olu Renames Onikan Stadium After Mobolaji Johnson
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Sanwo-Olu Renames Onikan Stadium After Mobolaji Johnson



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Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, has renamed Onikan stadium after Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson, a retired Nigerian army brigadier-general and the first governor of the state.

The governor announced this in honour of the late governor at the stadium, on Tuesday.

In a video shared by Mr Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu said Johnson deserves all the awards.

In his words, Mr. Sanwo-Olu said, “It used to be called Onikan stadium. But going forward, it will be called Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson stadium. I think he deserves all the awards. We are now at the Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson stadium arena,” he said.

The stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in Nigeria and this is the 4th name that it will bear. The original stadium was built in 1930 and six years later named after King George V. Between 1963 and 1973, it became known as the Lagos City Stadium and it was later known as the Onikan Stadium before Governor Sanwoolu renamed it.

Governor Sanwoolu made the announcement during a ceremony at the stadium in honour of Brigadier Johnson who passed away recently. Brigadier Johnson was the first governor of Lagos and he served as administrator of the Federal Capital (Lagos) from 1966-1967 and as governor of Lagos from 1967-1975.

The stadium was recently reconstructed by the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

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