June 12: Why I Stood Behind Chief MKO Abiola On This Day In 1993—Activist, Sowore

Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has narrated his first private encounter with Chief Moshood Abiola, popularly referred to as MKO Abiola, and why he selected on August 29, 1993 to face by the politician following the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election by the Ibrahim Babangida-led navy junta. 

Sowore, who was a scholar chief in the course of the political battle that adopted the annulment, on Sunday, recalled how he bravely inspired Abiola precisely 28 years in the past, telling him to disregard politicians urging him to desert the June 12 mandate regardless of obviously successful the election. 

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He stated, “The real story: Inside his expansive living room on Toyin Street in Ikeja, we were ushered into a gathering of politicians holding a ‘strategy session’ to ask MKO Abiola to tone down his challenge against General Ibrahim Babangida and his military cohorts after they annulled Nigeria’s freest election held on June 12, 1993. I was obviously the ‘poorest’ person in the room on that fateful day (I had on bathroom slippers). 

“It was my first time assembly Chief Abiola in particular person however he recognised me and stated ‘oh Student chief, welcome to our assembly, what ought to we do now as my buddies have annulled the People’s mandate?

“I quickly took the opportunity to lambast the politicians seated. I told Chief Abiola his real enemies are right there in the room with him and that they were just busy collecting his money but not fighting for the restoration of his mandate. Chief Abiola was uncomfortable and tried changing the topic by praising my organising efforts in fighting for the restoration of his June 12 mandate. He quickly dragged a massive bag containing cash and proceeded to give our team N800,000, saying it was a token for our ‘transportation’. 

“I politely rejected the money haul telling him, jocularly, that first, we didn’t come to go to him in a jumbo jet so the problem of a jumbo transportation fund gained’t come up, in actual fact, I doubt that the SUG (Students’ Union Government) bus we took there was value N300,000 in these days, I used to be agency in telling him our battle wasn’t for his sake and that our battle was not for him however the way forward for Nigeria. 

“The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) did not even believe in Babangida’s transition programme but our position regarding democratic rule though was sacrosanct hence our position on the criminal annulment of the June 12 elections. 

“Having finished my little injury to the grasping politicians in Abiola’s front room (don’t neglect so lots of them have been clutching to money hauls collected from Abiola proper there), our workforce determined to depart however one thing uncommon occurred, Chief Anthony Enahoro who was additionally in attendance angrily obtained up and informed Chief Abiola he too was leaving that he shared the place of the scholars. In a break up second, Abiola stood up and determined he would escort us to our bus, a choice that left his friends bewildered. 

“When we obtained outdoors, ChannelsTV proprietor, John Momoh and one among his reporters, Kingsley Uranta have been outdoors ready for an interview. Abiola requested that I dangle round and listen to what he desires to say and I stated, “that’s good Chief, if you’re now ready to fight, I will stand behind you!”

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June 12: Why I Stood Behind Chief MKO Abiola On This Day In 1993—Activist, Sowore

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