Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Though he died in 1998, MKO Abiola needs no introduction in Nigeria and i dare say that he also hardly needs introduction around the world. If a man ever lived,who was born without a silver spoon in his mouth,whose name rings a bell in the minds of so many people, a man who had to struggle through his dint of hard work,scholarship and some divine providence to rise from paternal obscurity, racial hindrances and nationality obstacles, to a great height of scholastic erudition,financial prominence and gargantuan eminence in business and politics in Nigeria and around the world,it was the man called Mashood kashimawo Olawale Abiola. He was a man whose passion for generosity and philanthropy was Unequaled since 1960 when Nigeria earned her independence from the British Colonialists till date. Though Nigeria may have had and still have many rich people like Abiola,the question is, if you are as rich or even richer than Abiola, can you spend your money to change/improve the condition of a common and the masses like MKO Abiola did during his lifetime. Little wonder the legendary Fuji Maestro Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Balogun popularly called 'Alhaji Agba' coined a befitting monetary parlance from the initials of MKO Abiola in three languages English, Hausa and Yoruba. he called him Money,Kudi, OwO. Abiola. Though he had friends in the military,Abiola was their worst critic. He complained about their maladministration and Unwillingness to usher in a democratic government.IN 1993 he was a Presidential flag bearer of Social Democratic Party and it is a well-known truth that MKO Abiola clearly won the election. This story will continue later and it will be published into a full blown book to commemorate 20 YEARS of MKO Abiola's mandate,the JUNE 12 in 2013.