Monday, 15 August 2016

Untold Story of how MKO arrested Epetedo on June 11, 1994

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MKO Abiola the Enigma
Epetedo, an area with historic value from colonial days, was located in the center of Lagos. It had a big community comprised of a diverse mix of people through which the pulse of average Lagosians could be felt. That was why Moshood chose it as the place for his presidential declaration. The venue was a club in Epetedo. Moshood loved Epetedo because it was close to the masses on whom he had spent the bulk of his time and wealth and from whom he had received the most support and loyalty. He knew that the military government was aware of his plans to declare himself as president-the whole of Nigeria knew. But he had made sure that the venue remained a mystery.

He had deliberately spread false information that the declaration would take place in another part of town. He had also instructed his loyalists to falsely announce that the date of his declaration was the thirteenth of June, instead of the actual date, the eleventh of June. Initially he had wanted the declaration to take place on the twelfth of June, the exact date of his presidential elections, but dropped the idea in respect for Christians, because that date fell on a Sunday. It was raining by the time Moshood arrived at Epetedo   around 5 p.m. The ceremony was less than two hours away and, for security reasons, no one in the community had any idea of what was about to happen. Even the workers in the venue did not have a clue. Moshood sat in the car quietly. He did not want to be noticed. More of his aides soon joined him and as the appointed time drew nearer, he sent all of them to move around and to inform people of the area that an Important guest was in their midst to deliver a very important message to them.

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An excited crowd began gathering after half an hour. People were curious to know who this mystery guest was. It had never crossed their minds that it could be Moshood Abiola, the president they had elected a year ago, because they had heard, just like other Nigerians that Moshood was under house arrest.

“People were curious to know who this mystery guest was. It had never crossed their minds that it could be Moshood Abiola, the president they had elected a year ago, because they had heard, just like other Nigerians that Moshood was under house arrest”.

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Aside from that, they would never have imagined a day would come in which Moshood Abiola could arrive somewhere without being noticed because, despite all the humiliation that he had undergone in the last year, he had remained larger than life in the eyes of the masses.

The crowd moved into the club. By then Moshood, who had changed into fresh clothes, was ready for them. After giving them time to settle down, he suddenly appeared. The crowd went wild. People began screaming and shouting his name. The noise was deafening. Moshood became excited and motivated.

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All his fears vanished. All his concerns disappeared. All his doubts diminished. He smiled at the crowd. This was the first time he had felt truly happy since his election had been annulled. He waited for the noise to die down then he began his speech as calmly as he could.

He started by thanking the audience for turning out in millions to vote for him a year ago. Then he openly expressed his regrets that their wish was not fulfilled because of the actions of “devious politicians in uniform” After this initial summary of the genesis of the crisis, he described himself as someone who was “mindful of the need to ensure that peace continues to reign”, and stated that this was the reason that he had tried to bargain with the military government in the hope that he would revive the “remnants of patriotism” in the hearts of the military leaders whom he described to the crowd as “thieves of your mandate”

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He later declared that his negotiations with the military had reached a dead end because its leaders remained unmoved, like “stones.” He pointed out that the people, including the audience, had been witnesses to his efforts to “climb the highest mountain, cross the deepest river, and walk the longest mile” in order to get “these men to obey the will of our people”

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It was at that point that he got agitated. His words became harsher as he targeted the military for its actions throughout the history of Nigeria, and not just the annulment of his election. He emphasized that the military had ruled Nigeria for twenty- four years out of the country’s thirty-four year history, and “enough is enough” He added that under military rule the country had undergone countless woes such as a civil war, the introduction of the drug trade, and the association of Nigerians with credit card scams. He also criticized the military for its unpredictable economic policies that had caused inflation and every kind of financial disaster. He spoke about many other issues, and as he poured out his heart, he became more emotional.

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After reminding the audience of the campaign promises in which he had pledged to address all the problems caused by the military, he concluded his speech by declaring himself the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “Our patience has come to an end. As of now, from this moment, a new Government of National Unity is in power throughout the length and breadth of Nigeria, led by me” He gave army personnel orders to listen to him and no one else and he instructed all ministers and military administrators to resign immediately.

The Book of MKO according to Jamiu Abiola

He walked away from the club feeling relieved. It was as if a burden had been lifted from him. He was happy that through that speech he had officially ended his friendship with the military, an institution that he now realized had always been an albatross in his life, a taint on his image and a dark spot on his clean record as a businessman and politician. This was despite the financial gains that had come his way from contracts from military governments, a lot of which he had given away in his bid to repair a country that he felt the military had destroyed.
With that speech Moshood had destroyed any possibility of reconciliation with the military. He was certain about that but he was not bothered by it at all. It was at this point that he realized that his struggle would most likely have only one of two outcomes—his victory or his assassination.

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(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 Read How MKO was sold out by foes at midnight to Abacha’s goons in our next post on this blog)

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