Jamiu Abiola replies Gen Abdulsalami: Your government killed my dad

MKO Abiola

Late Chief MKO Abiola:

Jamiu, one of the sons of Chief MKO Abiola, has reacted to the recent claim by former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd), that Abiola died of illness in detention.

The former Head of State also debunked claims that Abiola took poisoned tea.

But Jamiu Abiola insisted in an interview with with Vanguard, that his father was killed by Abubakar Abdulsalami’s government.

He said Abdulsalami’s account of the actual death of his father was irrelevant for several reasons.

“It is like a final act in a play like the death of Julius Caesar. When we speak of the death of a political opponent the government can be liable in two ways.

“The person may be killed directly like in the case of my mother who, as you know, was shot by Sergeant Rogers acting on behalf of the then military government.

“Or the person may be killed indirectly by allowing him to die as in the case of my father.

“Trying to pin down my father’s death on poison would be a waste of time since there was an autopsy report and it did not state poison as the cause of his death even though that might still be possible as far as I am concerned, depending on the type of poison.”

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Conceding that Abiola had a heart problem, Jamiu said: “But my father did have heart problems and General Abdulsalami knew that.

“The general public knew too. Even those who saw him the night before his death said he was not well, so why was he not given proper medical attention?

“Why were the likes of Kofi Annan allowed to see my father weeks after Abacha died, but my family members were only allowed to see him a day before? Did my father even know who Kofi Annan was?

“My mother had been murdered in cold blood, and yet it did not even cross his mind to allow my father to see us after such a tragic loss.

“He was more interested in getting foreign diplomats to talk to my father and persuade him to relinquish his mandate so that he (Abdulsalami) could enjoy a more legitimate stay in power.

“If an armed robber comes to your house and tries to steal your money, try to stand in his way and see what happens.

“When people cheat you and you insist on retrieving what belongs to you, they may kill you. But God will judge. By the time we die we, will all reap what we sow.”

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