President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria has renamed some federal airports in the country after some prominent Nigerians.
Maiduguri Airport was renamed after the immediate past Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari while the Benin Airport, renamed after Oba Akenzua II, of blessed memory.
According to statement released by the Federal Ministry of Aviation dated June 1, 2023, and signed by Mrs Joke Olatunji for the Director of Airport Operations on Monday, indicated that the Port Harcourt airport was also renamed after the late Nationalist, Obafemi Awolowo.
The statement stated that the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu renamed the airports “as part of reforms of the Aviation sector.”
Nasarawa Airport was renamed to immortalise the late founder of the Sokoto Caliphate, Usman Dan Fodio, Ebonyi Airport after the late Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo, and the Ibadan Airport after the late Premier of the old Western Region, Ladoke Akintola.
Details of the renamed Federal Airports across the country reads thus:
Akure Airport – Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu
Benin Airport – Oba Akenzua II
Dutse Airport – Muhammad Nuhu Sanusi
Ebonyi Airport – Chuba Wilberforce Okadigbo
Gombe Airport – Brigadier Zakari Maimalari
Ibadan Airport – Samuel Ladoke Akintola
Ilorin Airport – Gen. Tunde Idiagbon
Kaduna Airport – Hassan Usman Katsina
Maiduguri Airport – Gen. Mumammadu Buhari
Makurdi Airport – Joseph Sarwuan Tarka
Minna Airpor – Mallam Abubakar Imam
Nassarawa Airport – Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio
Osubi Airport – Alfred Diete Spiff
Port Harcourt Airport – Obafemi Jeremiah Awolowo
Yola Airport – Lamido Aliyu Mustapha