War in the Abiola family!
One of the brothers of late Chief MKO
Abiola Alhaji Mubashiru Abiola on June 12, in an interview with a national newspaper, stated that former military president, Gen
Ibrahim Babangida has been the one sustaining the family since the death
of the acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election.
It appears the disclosure did not go well with all the family members! The
head of the Abiola family, Chief Mohammed Murtala Abiola yesterday
described Mubashiru’s claim as total falsehood.
Speaking at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State , the Abiola family
head who said “ If there is any money that IBB brought, it
is not to my knowledge. I heard he (Mubashiru) frequents IBB’s residence
in Minna to beg for money but he has never declared any money to the
Even when Obasanjo was president, he gave the family money but
Mubashiru said he went there on his own and so he didn’t give us a dime.
If Mubashiru is saying that IBB has been supporting MKO’s family, that
is understandable but that IBB has been supporting Abiola’s family is
The last time I met IBB was many years ago in MKO’s house
where he came to solicit for financial assistance to enable him travel
Continuing, Murtala who is the Osin Baale of Agbado land added: “It
is not today that Mubashiru has been tarnishing the good image of our
family. He has been a traitor right from his childhood. He has no job.
During those days, our father, Chief Salaudeen Abiola was a leader of
the Action Group in Abeokuta. During the crisis of Awolowo and Akintola,
Mubashiru joined the other group to burn our father’s house. There was
also a time Aremo Osoba gave us money and to show appreciation to him,
we decided to appoint a leader and he was chosen. That was all. There
was never a time MKO’s family appointed him as their spokesman.”
While also speaking on the controversial Will of the late business
mogul, he said “ from the beginning we knew it was forged. When MKO
died, according to Yoruba tradition, it is expected that the members of
his family would make arrangement for his burial. Rather his son
started making arrangement with those that killed his father. As a
muslim, he was supposed to have been buried immediately. We were in
Ikeja making arrangements while Abuja was also making arrangements. At
the end we heard Kola got a contract from Abacha.”
He added that “ Mubashiru’s rantings didn’t come to us as a surprise
but the fact remains that we cannot romance with IBB. I am the person
that introduced Mubashiru to IBB on the condition that IBB would answer
three questions I told Mubashiru to ask him. Since he didn’t ask him, I
did. He only answered one of the questions.
First, I asked him why he anulled the June 12 elections? This is what
I have been keeping to myself for years but now I will say it. IBB
answered that, Allah is my witness, the people that anulled the election
are those in power. The second question was, who killed MKO? IBB said, I
don’t know. And the third question- what is your position on Kola who
wanted to marry your daughter?
IBB said, I don’t know. Now our resolution is to demote Mubashiru. If
anyone wants to see the family, they should meet us. Kola is the head
of the dynasty of the Abiola family. What is happening is that certain
characters collect money in the name of the Abiola family and share
amongst themselves. For the records, MKO has 77 children.”