How MKO became a CIA Agent

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MKO Abiola; The Enigma

Reparations. This was the most complicated cause that Moshood ever believed in. He wanted blacks everywhere in the world to receive reparations for slavery. But many had advised him against sponsoring this cause for several reasons. It would be impossible to agree on a sharing formula. After all, some parts and people of Africa were more affected by slavery than others. Some even said that only blacks in the United States and the Caribbean were entitled to reparations because they were the ones who were transported out of Africa. Moshood ignored such statements and maintained that all blacks deserved reparations. Furthermore he remained adamant on this matter, as he always was whenever he had made up his mind to do something.
The Book of MKO's Life and Times on Earth.
He wanted reparations at all costs and he spent a fortune pursuing that initiative over a span of several years. He advocated the cause both publicly and privately, describing blacks as victims of a common tragic past that had put them at a disadvantage. He demanded compensation from the “party at fault” to enable blacks to mend the broken pieces from their past. He made reference to western countries in general, which he described as the beneficiaries of slavery.
“He likened the oppression of Blacks, during and after slavery, to the genocide of Jews in the Second World War. But he lamented that Jews, unlike blacks, were receiving reparations through the state of Israel. “What did blacks get in return from the West after slavery, other than un-payable loans and a damaged self-esteem?”
Jamiu Abiola with the GDA during the launch of 'The President Who Never Ruled'
But deep down Moshood knew that this initiative was a tough one. There were so many legal issues that made it impossible to implement. Sensing the challenges that lay ahead for his cherished cause, Moshood stated that unless all blacks united to attain reparations, the initiative would never succeed.
At one point Moshood acknowledged that reparations would not solve all the problems of the black man, but he saw it as a vital token through which the West could say “Sorry, we won’t do it again, here is a little something to reduce your suffering, to right the symbolic imbalance” To him, no sum of money could make up for a loss of a single life but “there was a need for wounds to be healed and a formal apology to be tendered, coupled with financial aid”

He likened the oppression of Blacks, during and after slavery, to the genocide of Jews in the Second World War. But he lamented that Jews, unlike blacks, were receiving reparations through the state of Israel. “What did blacks get in return from the West after slavery, other than un-payable loans and a damaged self-esteem? While the German genocide against the Jews lasted five years, the genocide of Europe against the African people lasted five hundred years, and still continues through apartheid, debt burden, and unequal exchange.”
Jamiu Abiola with the GDA
He knew that he needed facts to strengthen his drive for reparations. One of those facts was a statement he credited to Samir Amin, an Egyptian expert in statistics, who once declared that some areas in Africa had less population in the 1980s than they had centuries ago. Moshood used this piece of information, along with other facts, to claim that the productivity and output of the most active part of Africa’s population, forced away by slavery, was used to develop Europe and America.
Moshood also stated that this tragedy was not yet over. It was still visible in the lives of black Americans in the eighties, who although they had become free from slavery, were still earning incomes 60 percent lower than what their Caucasian counterparts earned. One day, during a speech, he asked, “Why are black Americans the last to be hired and first to be fired? And why are there so many of them among the homeless, poor, unemployed, illiterate, and ‘imprisoned?” He answered his own questions. “The solution to these problems has to be dynamic. It has to be through ten Marshall Plans that would rebuild Africa through massive investments in infrastructure and debt relief in addition to rehabilitating American slums where blacks live”.
MKO Abiola; The Star Boy from Abeokuta
Over time Moshood came to feel alienated in his efforts. Many of the elites, whose support he had sought, considered slavery a thing of the past. But Moshood never gave up and continued to finance the initiative with increasing passion. The whole effort, however, came to a complete standstill once he got involved in politics. Nobody else took it up and after his death the entire initiative fizzled away.

But one good thing that came out of the reparation initiative was the elimination of widespread insinuations that he was a CIA agent. Many who had previously believed this rumor came to the conclusion that it could never have been true because no CIA agent would have led such a campaign against the West. For a long time, Moshood chose to ignore the accusation, which had become a thorn in his flesh, but he once defended himself vehemently against it. “To be specific, on the issue of Central Intelligence Agency allegations, there are some groups in Nigeria that have continuously spoken or written about it. But I see it as part of the colonial mentality of some of our people to imagine that someone of my position and in business as a whole, could still be talked about as an agent for anybody or a group of bodies”.

 (Excerpts from the book, The President Who Never Ruled by Jamiu Abiola; get copies in any book shop across the world or write Jamiu Abiola through jamiulinguist@yahoo.com. Read IBB, MKO, Abacha & the Power Game of June 12 in our next post on this blog)

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