Chief Olusegun Osoba, has stated that the children and wives of the presumed
winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Bashorun MKO Abiola, were
neglected after his death, lamenting that none of the late politician’s associates
bothered to assist his immediate family members.
scholarships to many students irrespective of tribes and religion and created
professorial chairs in different tertiary institutions across the federation,
he expressed disappointment at the way the late philanthropist family members
were abandoned, regretting that nobody ever set up foundation for the children
and wives left behind by Abiola.
Recall that President Muhammadu
Buhari had while announcing the conferment of the the nation’s highest honours
on Abiola, declared that June 12 1993, the date of a presidential election
considered to be the fairest in Nigeria’s history, “was far more symbolic of
democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29 or even October 1”.
Osoba said, “I talked with one of Abiola’s children sometime ago and felt so
sad. I am sad because Nigerians just do symbolic remembrance. After annual
celebration, we just go there and forget.”
“has been abandoned. MKO Abiola awarded scholarships to so many people and
created professorial chairs. But nobody has bothered to ask how Abiola children
are coping with realities of their father’s death.
I have virtually attended the weddings of many of his children. I have equally
acted as a father in few cases. They are all shadows of the children of MKO
Abiola that I used to know. I feel sad on that note.”