Thursday, 25 August 2016

Mysterious things Kudirat Abiola did on the day she was shot


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The Author Jamiu Abiola tells the GDA more story of how his father fell for Abacha's dirty deal
“I will be right back. I forgot something inside”. This was the second time that Kudirat was getting out of her car that morning. “Don’t worry, if we get there late, I will not blame you” she added reassuringly to her driver, on whose face a look of concern had suddenly appeared.

She was planning to go to the Canadian embassy, which was on the other side of town. She had a meeting with its high commissioner whom she planned to inform of her important sets of meetings with John Shattuck. She had always been impressed with the level of commitment the Canadian High Commission demonstrated toward human rights issues and was certain that the high commissioner would be motivated to do more for her cause once he was aware of the additional steps that she had taken in the recent past. But it was not her excitement that morning that had made her so forgetful. It was a new concern that she had.

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The previous evening, Mr. Debo Adeyemi, her elder brother, had paid her a warning visit. It was not the first time but this one was different. He told her that someone in the government had said that her life was in very grave danger. He was so worried that he mumbled as he spoke. He was not the only one among her siblings who had cautioned her: they had all done so. They had all come to see her just a few weeks earlier after they had heard that the government had briefly detained her for sending people to distribute antigovernment flyers around Lagos State.


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Her brother’s major point that evening was that the regime was probably more angered by her statements than any other person’s in the opposition for certain reasons. “You are a woman and you know how chauvinistic these generals are. Aside from that, you are challenging the government without running away. This has probably caused a dent in their inflated egos”.

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

Kudirat was moved by his plea and her eyes were full of guilt for making him so concerned. But when she spoke, she defended her actions. “I am not happy about the situation that I have found myself but things have gone too far for them to be reversed. Besides, not all warriors go to war and return alive” There was a long silence before she stated with a calmer tone, “I am sorry for that outburst and for putting you through this stress. Don’t worry, I’ll do as you wish and tone down my activities. I’ll also make plans to travel to spend time with my children in the United States”



“It took a while before her driver and her personal assistant were able to get a hold of themselves. By the time they did and looked back, they saw Kudirat had a gunshot wound on her forehead. Her Koran, which was still in her hands, was soaked in blood”

MKO Abiola the Enigma

Her brother smiled and after a while, he stood up to leave. As she escorted him to his car, she noticed that he still had an apprehensive look on his face. Trying to console him, she added, “On second thought, based on recent history, governments, no matter how brutal they are, never kill women”. She went on to remind him about South Africa. “Do you remember the Apartheid government in South Africa? Winnie Mandela fought that government for decades and she was never killed”.


Jamiu Abiola wants the World to read about the true story of his dad

Kudirat was having flashbacks of that conversation as she rushed into her room that morning. She picked up her Koran and checkbook. She was back in her car in less than three minutes. Her driver and personal assistant were seated in the front while an Islamic cleric sat beside her in the back. After a short distance they dropped the cleric off at a bus stop then proceeded on their way.
Her driver was speeding because they were running late. All of a sudden a car was driving very close to them. Her driver tried to maneuver away from the car but the car kept coming closer.


General Sani Abacha...Played 419 on MKO Abiola

Kudirat’s driver was able to get away but the other vehicle soon caught up with him.
Side windows opened and men inside began spraying Kudirat’s car with machine gun fire. Her driver tried to speed away but was hit by a bullet. He was still conscious and alive but he lost control of the car and it smashed into the right side of the road, near a police checkpoint. Her personal assistant was not hurt but was in shock.


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

It took a while before her driver and her personal assistant were able to get a hold of themselves. By the time they did and looked back, they saw Kudirat had a gunshot wound on her forehead. Her Koran, which was still in her hands, was soaked in blood. She was still breathing. Both men jumped out of the car and began screaming for help. Someone came to their rescue and Kudirat was taken to a nearby hospital in another vehicle. She died a few hours later after doctors had battled to save her life.

Kudirat Abiola...Very disturbed with events in her husband's political career

That same day, in accordance with Islamic rites, Kudirat was buried at home in a funeral attended by over twenty ambassadors. A government delegation comprising of a couple of ministers was also present. The head of the government delegation praised her in a long speech and Nigeria’s military leader, who had sent his killer squad to assassinate her, issued a statement in which he described her as a “devoted Muslim and wife”. News of her death spread around the world through CNN.


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Shortly afterward the government arrested Kola, her stepson, and some of Moshood’s relatives. The police released them after a while because there was no evidence against them. The government simply wanted a scapegoat and Kola, through his feud with Kudirat, had given them a golden opportunity.
Years after her death, the man who killed her on behalf of the Nigerian government, confessed and stated that it was a plot that involved Mohammed, General Abacha’s son, his personal driver, one of Kudirat’s aides, and the chief security officer of General Abacha.


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 How Abacha battled USA over Kudirat Abiola Street in New York in our next post on this blog)

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