Daughter of late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, Olawunmi Abiola yesterday took to twitter to express her displeasure at the renaming of the University of Lagos in honour of her father. This is what she had to say:
Naming a university after my dad doesn’t make up for wat u all did to him…BASTARDS
— olawunmi Abiola (@MissAbiola34) May 29, 2012
If you do not know the story of the president elect Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola a.k.a M.K.O Abiola, here is a brief history:
Abiola ran for the 12 June 1993 presidential elections, his running mate was Baba Gana Kingibe. He overwhelmingly defeated his rival, Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention. The election was declared Nigeria’s freest and fairest presidential election by national and international observers, with Abiola even winning in his Northern opponent’s home state.Abiola won at the national capital, Abuja, the military polling stations, and over two-thirds of Nigerian states. The reason why the election was so historic, was because men of Northern descent had largely dominated Nigeria’s political landscape since independence. The fact that Moshood Abiola (a Southern Muslim) was able to secure a national mandate freely and fairly remains unprecedented in Nigeria’s history.
However, the election was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida, a political crisis that ensued which led to General Sani Abacha seizing power later that year.
Abiola died under suspicious circumstances shortly after the death of General Abacha. Moshood Abiola died on the day that he was due to be released, on July 7, 1998. While the official autoposy state that Abiola died of natural causes, Abacha’s Chief Security Officer, al-Mustapha has alleged that Moshood Abiola was in fact beaten to death. al-Mustapha, who is still being detained by the Nigerian government, claims to have video and audiotapes showing how Abiola was beaten to death. The final autopsy report, which was produced by an a group of international coroners has never been publicly released. Irrespective of the exact circumstances of his death, it is clear that Chief Abiola received insufficient medical attention for his existing health conditions.
He was a president who won the election, but remained a president-elect till his death in 1998.