Tuesday, 23 August 2016

How Kola Abiola fought Kudirat over Dad’s detention


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Kudirat Abiola...Very disturbed with events in her husband's political career
The Nigerian military government had become jittery. Kudirat was not only keeping the struggle for democracy alive in the minds of Nigerians through the media, her statements and actions had begun penetrating the diplomatic circles of powerful countries like Canada and the United States. Her crusade became focused on gathering records of human rights violations perpetrated by the military and presenting them as accurately and diligently as she could to diplomats of powerful countries, whom she hoped would use the data to convince their governments to take appropriate and decisive action against the Nigerian government.
Kola Abiola...Scion of MKO Abiola's dynasty

By then the military government had appointed a death squad that had begun trailing her every move. All her actions were being reported to Nigeria’s military leader, General Abacha. On several occasions, her driver of more than fifteen years, who had always been security conscious, notified her that they were being followed. One time, out of anger, Kudirat asked him to park the car and walked toward the vehicle that was tailing them and said, “Tell your boss that he ought to be ashamed of himself for sending a bunch of men to tail a woman”
After that she did not see the car for a while. But she had some other concerns. Kola, one of her husband’s sons from another wife, wanted to change Moshood’s lawyer. He was under the impression that his current lawyer, a Mr. Ajayi, was not doing a good job. Kudirat, on the other hand, objected to this move and insisted that only Moshood could change his lawyer. She stood by Mr. Ajayi because he was a very competent lawyer who believed in Moshood to the extent that he was willing to take up the case for free.



MKO Abiola the Enigma

 The feud was not supposed to become a big one but it became very big because the government had kept Moshood in solitary confinement, preventing him from stating whom he wanted to be his lawyer.
The worst thing that came out of this feud was that the government now had an alibi, thanks to Kola, to use in case it decided to assassinate Kudirat.


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In the meantime, Kudirat narrowed her targets. She had given up on the possibility of getting foreign governments to place an embargo on Nigerian crude oil. Her hopes now rested on smaller sanctions being placed on high-ranking government officials. One day, speaking of this strategy, she said, “Smaller sanctions might seem to be insufficient but they carry a lot of weight. They include travel bans and you know how these criminals in government like globe-trotting with Nigeria’s money to squander abroad”

General Sani Abacha...Played 419 on MKO Abiola

She also wanted the foreign accounts of government officials frozen. “This will make them weaker and force them back to the negotiation table because they worship money and not God”

“But she had some other concerns. Kola, one of her husband’s sons from another wife, wanted to change Moshood’s lawyer. He was under the impression that his current lawyer, a Mr. Ajayi, was not doing a good job. Kudirat, on the other hand, objected to this move and insisted that only Moshood could change his lawyer. She stood by Mr. Ajayi because he was a very competent lawyer who believed in Moshood to the extent that he was willing to take up the case for free”.

MKO Abiola placating Kudirat not to worry about his fight with the establishment

She knew from the onset that measures like travel bans and freezing of accounts could hardly topple a dictatorship, but she was certain that they could make the government negotiate.
So many things bothered Kudirat about the struggle but her biggest concern was obviously the lingering uncertainty about her husband’s life. Describing her frustration, she once said, “I feel like I have been blindfolded in this battle. I am risking my life, an action that can make my children orphans, yet I don’t know whether the man I am fighting for is still alive”

General Abacha's 2nd in command, Genere Oladipupo Diya (His Hands were tight on MKO Abiola's Case)



Mama Alhaja...Alhaja Kudirat Abiola's mother. She was disturbed and tried advising MKO against picking a fight with government over his mandate

She voiced her concerns openly. At times it was as if she was speaking to herself. Carrying the burden of such a heavy struggle was tough for a woman who had never had any experience in politics and activism until these last three years. But as her struggle continued, she was lucky to find a listening ear in Walter Carrington, the US ambassador to Nigeria at that time-a man whom she described as the best and kindest diplomat she had ever met.


MKO & Kudirat Abiola; First Nigerian Couple to die for Democracy

Walter Carrington was born in 1930. Before joining the American diplomatic corps, he had served in the US Army. This Harvard-trained diplomat had always been keenly interested in human rights issues. This was evident when he became the youngest person to be the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination.
Since Walter Carrington was appointed as the US Ambassador to Nigeria in 1993, the year of Moshood’s presidential elections, he had a clear understanding of what had transpired. But that was not only what had made it easy for Kudirat to work with him, it was his determination to exhibit the highest standard of objectivity and open-mindedness with all sides in the Nigerian political conflict. Unlike many other diplomats, he believed that the job of a diplomat was to build relationships with the government of his host country as well as with members of any credible form of opposition, as long as its members were not involved in terrorist acts or any other actions that threatened law and order. He was thus very receptive of Kudirat and was attentive to her concerns. This angered the Nigerian government.


MKO Abiola...The Star Boy from Egba Land

As a sign of his willingness to give his government a clear picture of the situation in Nigeria, Walter Carrington facilitated a meeting between Kudirat and John Shattuck, who was the official responsible for human rights issues at the United States State Department at that time. Kudirat was given enough time to present a thorough report of the government’s atrocities against her husband and its human rights violations.

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Although she was pleased by Shattuck’s concern about the matters that she had raised, Kudirat still went to the home of the US Ambassador the following day to mount more pressure on John Shattuck on the need for the American government to stand by Nigerians against military tyranny. It had to place sanctions on the Nigerian government. Once again she was optimistic after the reception that she had received. Never had she been so excited in a long time. She quickly headed home and did not even bother to look behind to see if the government’s squad was tailing her.

Dignatories @ the Launching of 'The President who Never Ruled'


(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 Mysterious things Kudirat Abiola did on the day she was shot in our next post on this blog)

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