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Monday, 12 June 2017

June 12: 10 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About M.K.O Abiola

Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, CFR (24 August 1937 – 7 July 1998), often referred to as M. K. O. Abiola, was a popular Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan. He ran for the presidency in 1993, and is widely regarded as the presumed winner of the inconclusive election since no official final results were announced.

Below are 10 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About M.K.O Abiola:

1. Before his birth, MKO’s father had lost 22 children in their infant stage and so he was named Kashimawo meaning ‘let’s wait and see’ with hope that that the young child would survive infancy very slim.
2. He started his first business at the age of 9. The young Kashimawo would go to the farm early in the day to get firewood, then package and sell before going to school. This was his first entrepreneurial drive.
3. Despite being a stammerer, MKO was in his teenage days a musician who performed at shows to make money for his upkeep. He formed his band at the age of 15.
4. He graduated with a First Class degree in Accounting.from Glasgow University UK
5. In 1993, MKO won the presidential election which was later annulled by the outgoing Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida. This led to the popular June 12 agitation and riots engulfed the whole nation
6. The election was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida, because of alleged evidence that they were corrupt and unfair, a development that ushered in a political crisis that led to General Sani Abacha seizing power later that year.
7. In 1994, Abiola declared himself the lawful president of Nigeria. After declaring himself president he was declared wanted and was accused of treason and arrested on the orders of military President General Sani Abacha, who sent 200 police vehicles to bring him into custody.
8. Moshood Abiola was detained for four years, largely in solitary confinement with a Bible, Qur’an, and fourteen guards as companions.
9. Abiola’s involvement in politics started at a young age. He was 19-years-old when he joined the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) in 1979.
10. Abiola died on July 7, 1998 on the day he was due to be released from incarceration under suspicious circumstances shortly after the death of General Abacha. The official autopsy stated that Abiola died of natural causes, but Abacha’s chief security officer, Al-Mustapha alleged he was beaten to death.
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Johnson Ahile

when will they stop this June 12 of a thing?

Bennard Ahupa

He also sponsor the sinking of ship full of bibles

Endy Edeson

@Ahupa: really? why on earth did he do such ? @Ahile: when the word ''Democracy is removed as a form of government''

Bennard Ahupa

Do your reseach very well my brother

Endy Edeson

ok. I will do. I just wanted to get your own version of how it happened

Bennard Ahupa

He was doing this to win the north but they show him shegy as they re still doing to Tinubu now

Bennard Ahupa

Yoruba will not learn at all!

Endy Edeson

According to your statement, it means He was using religion to play politics.

Prince Kenneth Osarenren

The first politician to win presidential election in Nigeria without ringing it but #IBBnever allowed him asume office

Jeremiah Ademolu

Wonder why some pple won't mind their own business, busy talking about other tribes...RIP MKO

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