Friday, 12 August 2016

How Fred Eno helped MKO to jump fence to escape Abacha’s killer squad


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MKO Abiola the Enigma
 “You are only forty-two years old. You are too young to be facing these challenges”

Mama Alhaja, Kudirat’s mother, was reacting to what her daughter had just told her. She found it hard to believe that her son-in-law was about to take such a serious risk. She wanted to talk Moshood out of it but Kudirat told her that her attempt would be fruitless because her husband had made up his mind. Mama Alhaja thus focused on her daughter. “Your husband is a man. If he has made up his mind then as a woman all you can do is pray for him, keeping in mind that your children must be utmost on your mind. You have to make sure that you don’t put your life in danger for their sake.”

Kudirat was not happy to hear that. “I can’t abandon my husband. He needs me and I have to be there for him. How I wish you saw him just an hour ago. This crisis is chewing at him from the inside”. Her mother sighed. “Of course I am not asking you to abandon him. That is not how I brought you up. But what can you really do? What I mean is that you should support him discreetly. Not out there in the open or in the press. I am sure that you don’t want the government to make you a target and plot against you. This is a man’s fight”.
General Sani Abacha...Played 419 on MKO Abiola
 
Kudirat knew that her mother was right. The elderly woman was always right. She had been Kudirat’s most valuable source of advice since her marriage to Moshood almost twenty-one years ago. Kudirat decided to do as her mother had advised. She would keep her supportive role out of the public eye, although a part of her wanted to confront the government directly. For the first time in her life she felt a strong urge to be an activist.
 
MKO Abiola...The Star Boy from Egba Land


“Over six hundred hostile-looking policemen surrounded his neighborhood. He was supposed to be their only target but they were overzealous.
They even tried to stop two of Kudirat’s children from going to school one morning but backed down after Kudirat confronted them. And as the anniversary of the presidential elections drew closer, the government sent more reinforcements to Moshood’s house”

Jamiu Abiola wants the World to read about the true story of his dad
Although her mood had improved when she left her mother’s room, it started to deteriorate again when she recalled the words of her close friends. Most of them had continuously emphasized that Kudirat should make her children her only priority; reminding her that she was not her husband’s only wife. One day one of her friends even told her something that shocked her during the presidential campaign. “I don’t know what you are made of but if it is from the same material that I am made of, you should not be working so hard for a man with wives other than you and children other than yours”.
MKO & Kudirat Abiola; First Nigerian Couple to die for Democracy
By the time Kudirat got to her room, her head was spinning. She had been thinking too much. She made up her mind to take a short nap but ended up sleeping through the night. The following morning, it was Moshood who woke her up. He shared more details with her about his plans to claim his mandate. He was very optimistic.
The Author Jamiu Abiola tells the GDA more story of how his father fell for Abacha's dirty deal
After a few weeks the whole of Nigeria knew what he was about to do. People knew that there would be tough times ahead. Some panicked and began storing food in their houses. The government decided to take preemptive action against Moshood, and to justify those actions it accused him of a number of things, ranging from stockpiling arms to trying to overthrow the government. It used these allegations as an excuse to deploy armed personnel to his house. Moshood was suddenly under house arrest. Over six hundred hostile-looking policemen surrounded his neighborhood. He was supposed to be their only target but they were overzealous.
 
General Abacha's 2nd in command, Genere Oladipupo Diya (His Hands were tight on MKO Abiola's Case)
They even tried to stop two of Kudirat’s children from going to school one morning but backed down after Kudirat confronted them. And as the anniversary of the presidential elections drew closer, the government sent more reinforcements to Moshood’s house.

There was now a joint battalion of army personnel and riot policemen. It was as if the Nigerian state was about to wage war on a foreign enemy. The military government wanted to intimidate Moshood and frighten him. But on the eleventh of June 1994, a day before the anniversary of the election, Moshood had plans of his own.
Dignatories @ the Launching of 'The President who Never Ruled'
That was the day he declared himself the president of Nigeria. His first challenge was to find a way to sneak out of his house, and with the help of Fred Eno, his most loyal aide, he was able to do so. Both men got out over a wall that faced a soccer field inside his house. Climbing up the ladder that day was tough for fifty-six-year old Moshood. He almost fell but miraculously made it. Fred followed him and by the time both men were on the other side, there was nothing that could stop Moshood.
Sani & Maryam Abacha in their younger years before power came calling
His earlier fears forgotten, his mind was now focused on his plan, whose details only Kudirat and a few others knew about. Moshood had arranged the venue of the swearing-in and had even made contact with the judge who would perform the ceremony. The Nigerian government had no clue that the man whom it had placed under house arrest was heading toward the other side of Lagos, to a place called Epetedo, where he was about to claim the fruits of his labor, the prize of his victory, the reality of his oldest dream, the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
 
The Book of MKO according to Jamiu Abiola
(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 Untold Story of how MKO arrested Epetedo on June 11, 1994 in our next post on this blog)

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