Nigerian Ex-president Gives New Version Of How MKO Abiola Died

Nigerian Ex-president Gives New Version Of How MKO Abiola Died

For many Nigerians, the general belief is that late Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the controversial 1999 presidential election, died of food poison while in detention, a former Nigerian president, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has an entirely different version of the whole story.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust seen by PM News, Abubakar denied the widespread allegation that top officials of the then federal government killed Abiola.

According to the former Nigerian leader, the embattled winner of the 1999 election was sick while incarcerated and died after he was rushed to a hospital from prison.

MKO Abiola
Abubakar said Abiola died of an illness
Source: UGC

He disclosed that Abiola fell ill when an American delegation who was earlier denied access to him but was later allowed to visit him on his order.

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Read Abubakar's full naration:

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“Well, I smile because there were lots of allegations here and there that we killed Abiola. As always when I am talking about late Abiola, I still thank God for directing me on things to do when he gave me the leadership of this country.
“On the day Moshood Abiola passed away, may he rest in peace, two to three things make me always say I thank my God for the guidance he gave me. One was I received a delegation from America headed by Pickering who was then, I think, the Secretary of State or so. In his team I remember very well, was Susan Rice. I remember her very well because of the role she played later.
“So after the normal courtesy and discussion we had, when they were leaving my office, Pickering said “Your Excellency we made a request to see Moshood Abiola but we were denied”, so I said “Why were you denied? who denied you?” There and then I made a decision, I said “Look, you will see Moshood definitely, I overruled whoever said you cannot see him”. So I now called my chief security officer, I said “Please make arrangement for this team to see Abiola; that is one point.

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“Now during the incarceration of Moshood Abiola, except his personal doctor, to my knowledge, no member of his family saw him. So when I became head of state, based on consultation and interaction together with Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, I gave the family a date that they could come and see him.
“So a day before he died, his family came to Abuja to see him. For one reason or the other, the whole family could not see him at the same time, so it was agreed that when this group of his family will see him today, tomorrow the next team will see him. So they saw him like yesterday, now this team from the US came to see me and I said they could see him. Normally it was in the evenings the family go and see him. So because I had authorised the American team to see him, so the other part of the family was waiting to see him.

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“So, it was at this meeting when the American team was meeting Abiola he fell sick and suddenly the security officers called the medical team to come and attend to him, and when they saw the situation they said it was severe and they needed to take him to the medical centre. So it was the medical team plus the American team that took him to the medical centre, unfortunately at the medical centre he gave up.
“Then my security chief called and said “I have bad news for you”, I asked what it was, he said “Abiola is dead”. I was shocked. He told me he was there with the American team, at that time I was staying in the barracks, I had not moved to the villa, so I said okay, let him take the American team to my house, I will meet them at the house; so I closed from the office, and went there.

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“The issue now was how do I break the news to Abiola’s family and how do we tell the world Abiola had passed on. I must be thankful to God and again to Ambassador Kingibe because we called on him and asked him to bring the family of Abiola. So when they came I broke the news, that unfortunately, this is what has happened.”
“As you would expect, the family broke down and they started crying, I can’t remember which of the ladies, I held her, she was crying, sobbing, it was then Susan Rice, that is why I always remember her, said “Mr President that is not your job, let me do it”, so she now held this lady until she settled down and she calmed down a little bit.
“Then we had to summon my second in command and other people and then strategized on how to break the news.

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“That is why I always say I thank my God for guiding me, if I hadn’t said the American team should go and meet Abiola certainly I don’t know how I would explain to the world that Abiola had died, and the American team will they believe me that we had not killed Abiola at that time when they were requesting to see him?”

Man finds copy of Qur'an MKO Abiola donated several years ago in his mosque, shares photo, many react

Meanwhile, Nigerians on Facebook had prayed for Abiola after the picture of a copy of the Qur'an donated by him surfaced.

The photo was posted on Facebook on Tuesday, August 3, by one Abdulkarim Abu Harisah, saying he saw a copy of the Holy Book in his neighbourhood mosque.

Abdul Harisah said:

"@MKO Abiola)(rahimahullah)... I saw copy of this Quran in my neighborhood masjid. I have to quickly open it and read some verses so that Abiola may get reward for his services to Islam. May Allah accept his investment and forgive him."


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