Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Why I named my 5th child after former IGP, Kam Selem — Jamiu Abiola


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The Pretty Hajiya Khadijat Abiola (Nee Kam Selem) with her darling husband Alhaji Abdul-Jamiu Abiodun Abiola cuddle their new born baby, Kam Selem Yussuf Abiodun Abiola
Saturday November 21st was a happy day in the household of Author and businessman Alhaji Abdul Jamiu Abiodun Abiola, the 5th son of the late business mogul turned politician and winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Bashorun MKO Abiola as he and his wife, Hajiya Khadija Abiola (Nee Kam Selem) christened their 5th child in Lagos.
Khadijat, Jamiu’s wife is the fourth child of Nigeria’s second indigenous Inspector General of Police, late Alhaji Ibrahim Kam Selem. The couple met many years ago while studying together in a United States of American college and got married after their studies.

Jamiu Abiola chats with the GDA
Jamiu Abiola
who launched his father’s first autobiography “MKO: The President That Never Ruled” on Monday 26th of October in an elaborate event at Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos-South West Nigeria with eminent accountant, Akintola Williams (of Williams Delloites) as Chairman of the  occasion which also witnessed the presence of eminent Nigerians like Dr. Bode Olajumoke, Chief Dele Momodu, Chief Shola Ogunshola, Senator Olorunnibe Mamora and many other prominent personalities was blessed with the arrival of his 5th  child and third son  on Saturday November 14th, 20 straight days after the launching of his father’s autobiography. The beautiful tot who looked much like the dad arrived in the early hours of the day at a highbrow hospital in Lagos.
 
Hajiya (Mrs.) Khadijat Abiola (Nee Kam Selem) with Baby Kam Selem
A very elated Alhaji Abdul-Jamiu Abiodun Abiola smiles at Kam-Selem Yusuff Abiodun Abiola
This last Saturday November 21st, some top Nigerians like Chief Mrs. Kudirat Atinuke Aka Bashorun, a close hearted friend of Jamiu’s mother and wife of late human right lawyer, Alao Aka Bashorun and many other important dignitaries stormed the Toyin Street, Ikeja-Lagos family house of the Abiolas for the Christening of Jamiu’s new child.
The Islamic prayer session which started 10 am prompt was led by Imam Mubashir Akewusola of Al-Bushira Islamic Organization with legion of other Imams like Imam Ganiyu Abdul-Geli Akewusola, Imam Taofeek Abubakre, Imam Mudashiru Jaiyeola and Imam Yakub Alalukurani Almarkaz among other top Imams.
Alhaji Jamiu Abiodun Abiola praying for his new son
Hafsat Abiola Costello cuddling Baby Kam Selem Abiola
During the one hour, thirty minutes prayer session which was conducted while the killing of ram was ongoing, Imam Mubashir raised several prayer points for the new born baby, his parent and siblings with the good wish that the new tot will amount to something great in life. Imam Abdul-Geli Ganiyu Akewusola later raised a strong prayer point for the grand parents of the tot in the person of late Chief MKO Abiola and Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, urging guests to pray for the repose of their souls due to their good effort at raising children who are now turning up to become responsible family leaders. 

“The name Amne is for my mother-in-law, my daughter is also Amne. My mother is Kudirat, my daughter is also Kudirat, my son is Moshood and my dad is also Alhaji Moshood and my new son is Kam Selem and my father-law is also Alhaji Kam Selem

Imam Mubashir Akewusola Prophesying into the life of Alhaji Jamiu Abiola
Alhaji Jamiu Abiodun Abiola with Alhaji Abdulrasaq Saro from Kwara State
Another Imam, Taofeek Abubakre later raised a Tesnat (Muslim Insurance Prayer) for the new born. Abubakre gave insights into why the Tesnat prayer is very important for a new child; he said the new born in coming to this world actually passed through two other worlds before he manifested in the third world as a human being “He was first a blood in his father’s gene; that was his first life” Imam Abubakre lectured and continued “He later crossed into his mother’s womb through his father’s gene and started another phase of life for 9 months. Right now, he is in his third and final life. He needs Tesnat and that is what we are giving him right now”. The Islamic clerics jointly praised late Chief MKO Abiola and his wife, Kudi for their good parenthood urging Nigerians to imbibe their qualities.
The new baby was later christened Yusuf Abiodun Kam Selem Abiola with prayer session closed and entertainment session opened with more guests coming and going. Guests were treated to sumptuous meals and drinks from 12pm to 6pm.
Ambassador Kunle Adeyemi ex-UN Envoy @ Geneva with brother, Alhaji Debo Adeyemi with Moshood, Kudirat and Azzydeen Abiola
Jamiu Abiola Speaks…
On why he named his 5th son after his late father-in-law, Jamiu who has authored three books within the spate of a year namely “Realistic Hope” “The Prisoner of Conscience” and “The President that never ruled”  gave thanks to Almighty God for giving him the privilege to father his 5th child “I am very happy today, I thank God for everything and I can tell you that God is in control”
Alhaji Abdullateef Goni admires Alhaji Jamiu & Alhaja Khadijat Abiola's son
On why he named his new son Kam Salem  even after naming his first child and elderly son,  Moshood Kam Selem Olawale Abiola, Jamiu replied “It is because my first child was prominently called Moshood, that is what we call him but this one is going to be called Kam Selem. Both my father and father-in-law were heroes in their respective rights. You know my second child, a girl is called Kudirat, the one before this one is called Amne which is the name of my mother-in-law and this one is now called Kam Selem, with this, I have been able to honor the four grand parents. The name Amne is for my mother-in-law, my daughter is also Amne. My mother is Kudirat, my daughter is also Kudirat, my son is Moshood and my dad is also Alhaji Moshood and my new son is Kam Selem and my father-law is also Alhaji Kam Selem” noted Jamiu who actually gave MKO Abiola his first grand child in 2002. 

“My father and my father-in-law were best of friends in their life time. They died same date (7th) and same Month (July) but 18 years apart”… “Kam Selem died on July 7th 1980 while dad passed away on July 7th, 1998. When my father-in-law was ill, my father was visiting him in the hospital on a daily basis”

Alhaji Abdul Jamiu Abiodun Abiola's new baby, Kam Selem Yussuf Abiodun Abiola
Untold Story of Late MKO & Kam Selem’s friendship
Unknown to Nigerians, the late MKO Abiola and the late Nigeria’s second indigenous Inspector General of Police, Kam Selem were best of friends in their life time even though one hailed from Abeokuta in Ogun State-South West Nigeria while the other hailed from Maiduguri in Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria.  Jamiu Abiola told Asabeafrika the full story “My father and my father-in-law were best of friends in their life time. They died same date (7th) and same Month (July) but 18 years apart” The Young Abiola revealed further “Kam Selem died on July 7th 1980 while dad passed away on July 7th, 1998. When my father-in-law was ill, my father was visiting him in the hospital on a daily basis. When he was moved to England my father equally travelled down to meet him in England before he passed away. That shows the deep friendship between the two”
Jamiu Abiola welcomes a friend to the event
More Speakers…
In her own words, Mrs. Kudirat Atinuke Aka Bashorun a very close and intimate friend of late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola gave thanks to God for protecting the lives of her friends’ kids and raising them to become family leaders “I thank God for life,  being a part of this occasion is grace. I give God all the honor and glory. And moreover, I thank God for the lives of all the children she (Kudirat Abiola) left behind because since she left, we have not had any cause to cry over any one of them; they are doing well, they are healthy and for me to be here today is a great honor, a great privilege which I thank God for”.
Mrs. Aka Bashorun enjoys meal with friend
In his own word, Alhaji Lekan Abiola, Kudirat Abiola’s first son and elder brother to Jamiu described the opportunity to have another child as blessing from God, the MKO Abiola scion said “Any time Allah blesses us with a new child, it brings blessings and it simply means there is additional blessing to the family. I thank almighty Allah that my brother had another child today”.

“I think it is a great thing for God to give us more babies in the family, it is a sign of possibilities and I want to say, with that, life goes on, people die and leave and new people are born to live”.

The GDA with Jamiu Abiola's 2 child & first daughter, Kudirat Abiola
Mumuni Abiola
, the last of Kudirat Abiola’s 7 kids for MKO went philosophical while speaking with Asabeafrika “I think it is a great thing for God to give us more babies in the family, it is a sign of possibilities and I want to say, with that, life goes on, people die and leave and new people are born to live. So, it is a cycle of life that cannot be stopped. I pray for the new baby and I hope that Allah will protect his life and make him a success unto the family.  What I wish for him is what I wish for my own family as well. I am very happy and I will say it is good to have an addition to the family”.
Mumuni Abiola with brother's wife Hajiya Khadijat Abiola (Nee Kam Selem)
Khadijat Abiola
(Nee Kam Selem) had 5 kids for Jamiu namely Moshood, (boy) Kudirat (Girl) Azzydeen (Boy) Amne (Girl) and the new one, Kam Selem.
Other dignitaries at the event are Nigerian Customs top shot, Abdullateef Goni who attended with his two wives Hajiya Inna Abdullateef Goni and Hajiya Ummi Abdullateef Goni with their two children Rukayat and Arfo Abdullateef Goni. Others are Ambassador Kunle Adeyemi, a former Representative of Nigeria at the United Nations’ office in Geneva and his brother, Alhaji Debo Adeyemi.
Special Adviser to Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun on MDGs and elder sister to Jamiu Abiola, Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Costello was also in the house while the presence of Kwara big boy Abdulrasaq Saro and Hajiya Jummai Maina was noted by this blog among many other guests who attended the event.
Asabeafrika wishes Alhaji Jamiu Abiodun Abiola who is the Shetima Rasheed of Borno Emirate and his wife, Hajiya Khadijat Abiola and their lovely children a happy living.  
The Ram after being slaughtered for the Naming Ceremony
The Islamic Ministers conducting prayers at the event
The GDA ushering in Nigeria Customs top shot Alhaji Abdullateef Goni & his family

Some of MKO Abiola's children & Grand Children enjoying their meal
Servers obeys Alhaji Jamiu Abiola's order as they serve guests
SA to Ogun State Governor on Millenium Development Goals & Elder sister to Jamiu Abiola, Mrs. Hafsat Abiola Costello arrives
Mumuni Abiola with the GDA at the event
Mumuni Abiola with Mrs. Lekan Abiola & her lovely children
Mrs. Aka Bashorun in a tete-a-tete with a lady guest
Mrs. Aka Bashorun and Lady Guest in a prayer mood
Moshood Abiola, Alhaji Buka & Alhaji Jamiu Abiodun Abiola

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Kam Selem Yussuf Abiodun Abiola, the new addition to the legendary MKO Abiola family
Jamiu's 3rd & 4th child Azzydeen & Amne Abiola pose with the GDA
Jamiu Abiola's first son, Moshood Kam Selem Olawale Abiola with his younger brother & Second Son, Azzydeen Abiola
Jamiu Abiola a consumate Event Manager asked that food be served
Jamiu & Khadijat Abiola welcomes more guests to their child's dedication

Hajiya Jummai Maina at the event
Hafsat Abiola Costello, Mrs. Aka Bashorun prays for the new tot
Female Guests at the event
Assorted meal ready for distribution
Asabeafrika's GDA & other guests prays for Kam Selem
Alhaji Lekan Abiola  with family at the event
Alhaji Jamiu Abiola with more guests at his Child's dedication
Alhaji Jamiu Abiola with cross section of guests at his child's dedication ceremony
Alhaji Jamiu Abiola with a guest at his son's naming ceremony
Alhaji Jamiu Abiola with a cross section of guests

Alhaji Jamiu Abiola welcomres another top dignatary to his child's dedication party
Alhaji Jamiu Abiola welcoming an elderly guest to his child's naming ceremony
Alhaji Jamiu Abiola welcoming Alhaji Buka Ibrahim from Yobe into the event
Alhaji Jamiu Abiola welcomes Alhaji Abdullateef Goni to the event
Alhaji Jamiu Abiola in a tete-a-tete with Alhaji Buka from Yobe State
Alhaji Jamiu Abiola in a short fellowship with the Imams
Alhaji Jamiu Abiola hands over his new baby to Imam Mubashir Akewusola for a special dedication
Alhaji Abdullateef Goni with his wives, Hajiya Inna & Hajiya Ummi Goni with  their kids Arfo & Rukayat
A very happy father...Alhaji Abdul Jamiu Abiodun Abiola
The Ram for the Naming Ceremony

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