Calling my father ‘former president’ will do no good – MKO Abiola’s son


Son of late politician, Moshood Abiola has accused his father’s ethnic group as those behind his death

He said there was a plot to kill his father to stop him from helping the masses

He is also of the opinion that returning his father’s mandate to him after his death is of no use.

Abdulmumini Abiola, the son of late politician and 1993 president elect, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, has said those who killed his father are close to him.

Abiola said he believed in the present administration under Buhari to fish out killers of his father and bring them to justice.

We learnt that Abiola’s son, who lost both parents in the political turmoil of the 90’s said it is shameful that years after his parent’s deaths, Nigerians are still being regaled with several version of what led to their untimely death.

He however said that there is no need to return his father’s mandate to him by referring to him as ex-president as that is of no use to the late politician or his surviving relatives, Punch reports.

Abiola called on Buhari's administration to unravel the mystery behind MKO's death.

He said: “Honestly, I have confidence in this current administration to do the needful. It is a reality that things have been very difficult for the people of this nation.

“I have put the tragedy of my parents – my father and my mother, Chief Kudirat Abiola – behind me. There is nothing I can do about the past but I can have a firm hold on the future; a future for myself, my children, grandchildren and the Nigerian masses.

“It is unfortunate that years after the death of my parents, the country is still being regaled with various versions of what happened and what did not happen.

“Can you imagine? My father died in 1998 and we’re still discussing his death as if he died recently. I feel there was something my father was trying to do and the powers that be then didn’t want him to do that. What could that possibly be? What did MKO do to deserve that death? We want to know.

These were people from his own ethnic group; they cut him (Abiola) into pieces and shared his ‘meat’. The decision (to kill him) that they made back then, are they enjoying it now? We can’t go back in time but going into the future we can avoid making the same old mistake, which is the most important thing.”

On his father being honoured posthumously and referred to as ex-president of Nigeria, Abiola said: “That might just be a symbolic measure actually; my father has been long dead. What’s the point of giving him back his mandate when he’s no longer alive to accept it? They should keep the mandate.

“For me, any posthumous award is a distraction from the country’s present ugly situation. It might be fitting to honour with that if the country has changed for the better and people can look back with a smile.

“Forget about such mandate, people need to survive and they trust in the government to provide an enabling environment to explore profitable opportunities. It will be difficult to honour my father without the masses being given a new lease of life. My father wanted to give the Nigerian masses a better life.”


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