Why I fought Abacha’s wife, Maryam—Chief Abiola Ogundokun | Says ‘MKO’s death is a big loss to Nigeria’

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Chief Abiola Ogundokun to Asabeafrika....'Abacha was a good man being misunderstood by many'
For several years, it was rumored that Chief Abiola Ogundokun, the media baron who laundered late Nigeria’s maximum ruler General Sani Abacha’s image in the international community more than anyone else, during his 5 year reign as Commander-in-chief of the Nigeria’s armed forces has fell out with his wife and former first lady, Hajiya (Dr.) Mrs. Maryam Abacha. The story was that the Iwo, Osun state-South West Nigeria born politician and former secretary of the defunct NPN party under President Shehu Shagari had a shouting match with the former first lady inside her Gidado Road, Kano—North Western Nigeria mansion couple of years ago and walked out on the former first lady after thoroughly lashing out at her in the presence of her elderly kids.

However, during an exclusive 80th birthday interview inside his Lagos mansion in the heart of Festac on July 7th 2016, Chief Ogundokun who publishes Conscience International Magazine broke his silence on the rumored fight between himself and Mrs. Maryam Abacha. Speaking exclusively frankly to your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity encounter blog, Asabeafrika few hours after his 80th birthday prayers, Ogundokun a PDP stalwart who just resigned from politics said it is true he was out of tune with the former first lady. It will be recalled that it was Chief Abiola Ogundokun who led Ovation International Magazine Publisher, Basorun Dele Momodu into the Kano home of the Abachas couple of years back to conduct the now famous ‘Abacha’s house of gold exclusive’ which gave the magazine her first totally sold out copies status.
 Speaking with Asabeafrika on the issue for the first time, Chief Ogundokun confirmed the story that indeed, it is true that he is at war with Mrs. Abacha.  He gave this blog the graphic details of what led to the war and why has not visited Mrs. Abacha since then? Enjoy the excerpts.


The ex-First Lady Hajiya (Dr.) Mrs. Maryam Abacha with Celebrity Blogger, Gbenga Dan Asabe

Chief Abiola Ogundokun to Asabeafrika....'I will insult anybody that insults my race'

Why I fell out with Maryam Abacha
Asabeafrika had asked the highly respected Iwo born politician cum media baron why he has not visited the wife of his former boss in a very long while and he responded swiftly “No, I cannot visit her because she is tribalistic”.  Ogundokun explained further what he meant by ‘tribalistic’ to Asabeafrika “The son Mohammed was marrying the daughter of a Yoruba woman and she (Maryam) was totally opposed to it. She wants her son to marry a northerner. Because of this issue, she insulted (late) Wada Nas and every one of us that we have forced her son to marry the wife, which is not true. And she was rude.  We were very close; it could be just me and her in her private sitting room. And that day, she called and I was insulted. One language I heard from her after talking rubbish about the marriage, that I forced her son to marry the daughter of a Yoruba woman, she said ‘Yoruba Bura o ba nka’. I understand ‘Bura o ba nka’ if I don’t speak Hausa. And I came on her seriously that ‘Bura o ban ka e’ and luckily Mohammed (Abacha) was around. I shouted and wanted to really deal with her. Mohammed begged me, people had to beg me and then I walked out on her. From that day till today I won’t talk to her. Mohammed and I talk but I have lost contact with them”.

Chief Abiola Ogundokun to Asabeafrika...'What Mrs. Abacha said about the Yorubas got me really angry and i took it on her immediately'

Late General Sani Abacha; The Man Chief Abiola Ogundokun laundered his image for 5 years

Me & Abacha’s Wealth  
On how he felt after reading stories about the great wealth of his late Principal’s family, the Balogun Musulumi of Iwo land retorted “That money is too much. I thank God they said they have been returning it back to the coffers because they also denied the money to me”  
Ogundokun, probably trying to act the role of a surrogate father cleared the image of the two eldest sons of his late Principal, Abacha “But Mohammed and Abba are very friendly; they take me as their father. You know the day Mohammed was going to get married; I acted as the father of Mohammed while (General) Babangida was the father of the wife. Because the biological father of the girl died in an air crash during President Shehu Shagari’s era. He died on his way to Sao Tome and Principe. I was Mohamed’s father that day and all of us were there. I did it for Abacha because I am their father’s friend. But now, we don’t see”

“We were very close; it could be just me and her in her private sitting room. And that day, she called and I was insulted. One language I heard from her after talking rubbish about the marriage, that I forced her son to marry the daughter of a Yoruba woman, she said ‘Yoruba Bura o ba nka”.

Hajiya Maryam Abacha with Senior daughter, Zainab Dalhatu
Chief Abiola Ogundokun to Asabeafrika...'I told Mrs. Abacha'Bura O ban ka e'

Abacha, a good man
Asabeafrika asked Chief Ogundokun to describe General Sani Abacha in the final analysis and this is what he said “He was a good man o, he was a good man, they wanted to kill him and we refuse him dying” on what he taught about the sudden  and mysterious death of his former principal on June 8, 1998 and later that of late Basorun MKO Abiola on July 7 of same year (Same July 7 is Chief Ogundokun’s birthday) the Chief frowned his face and replied thus  “I know they poisoned both of them. And I can tell you the truth will be out soon”.

Chief Abiola Ogundokun explaining a point to the GDA who listened with rapt attention on bended knees'

MKO Abiola; 'Chief Abiola Ogundokun's best friend'

MKO’s 18th death anniversary and my birthday
Asabeafrika asked the Iwo born media baron and politician how he felt that late Chief MKO Abiola  the winner of the June 12, 2993  election who was locked up in a dungeon by his late Principal, Abacha died on his birthday, he reacted like this “You know MKO happens to be my very good friend. He is a very nice man. I am one of the trusted friends of Abiola. Abiola happens to be one of my highly trusted friends, very good friend and when I was opening my housing estate in 1977 at Iwo, all of them were there, Abiola, Shagari—that was my first housing estate in life.  It was Admiral Dele Abiodun (Adawa Super) who performed that day. Ha, Abiola is a big loss. The greatest loss; Nigeria could have been better if that man was allowed to be president but it is the same Yoruba people that lured Abacha, the same Yorubas” Ogundokun regretted.

 “You know MKO happens to be my very good friend. He is a very nice man. I am one of the trusted friends of Abiola. Abiola happens to be one of my highly trusted friends, very good friend and when I was opening my housing estate in 1977 at Iwo, all of them were there, Abiola, Shagari—that was my first housing estate in life”.

The GDA in a heart encounter with th Iwo born Chief inside his Lagos home'
Hajiya (Dr.) Mrs. Maryam Abacha with two of her eldest sons, Mohammed & Abba Abacha

How Al-Mustapha’s mistake contributed to MKO Abiola’s death
On why Chief Ogundokun failed to intervene on Abiola’s case since Abacha was his friend, Ogundokun took a deep breath before responding “Well, it was ambition. When they lured him (Abacha) and the greatest mistake that happened again after his death was the fact that Al-Mustapha trusted Abdulsalami and brought him in when actually, Mustapha was asked to take over”.

Ex-First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hajiya (Dr.) Mrs. Maryam Abacha

 Speaking further, Ogundokun tactically agreed that a large arm of the military establishment wanted Major Al-Mustapha to take over the reign of government “Apparently they wanted him but the struggle between him and Jeremiah Oseni caused a big trouble. Jeremiah was to take it but they didn’t like themselves. They didn’t like each other. So, he gave it to Abdulsalami and the rest is history”.

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