Jamiu Abiola, one of the sons of late Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, has said the late former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), allegedly refused to release his father from incarceration when his health was failing.
He also said some Nigerians would have made a hero out of Abdulsalami’s predecessor, the late Gen. Sani Abacha, who incarcerated Abiola till his (Abacha’s) death, if he was alive today.
Abiola’s son said this during the 20th anniversary of Kudirat’s death, organised by the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy and the Campaign for Democracy.
Speaking at the remembrance ceremony on Saturday, the younger Abiola noted that people who worked against the enthronement of democracy during the post-June 12 struggle had become ‘heroes’ in the country.
Those people, he said, included “somebody like the former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, who refused to release the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Abiola) or saw to it that the president died in detention.”
He added, “A day before he (Abiola) died, he complained that he had malaria for more than a month and the government did not attend to him.
The president (Abdulsalami) knew he was very sick but he did not do anything (to salvage the situation). At the end of the day, the country’s president-elect – my father – died.”
According to Jamiu, it is hypocritical on the part of any Nigerian government to see Abdulsalami as a hero and an adviser to the Federal Government.
Among those present at the anniversary were a leader of National Democratic Coalition, Admiral Kanu Ndubuisi (retd.); President, Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin; Abdulmumini Abiola and Mrs. Dupe Akin-Ajayi.