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Abiola must be declared Nigeria’s posthumously elected president- Soyinka

Marking the 14th anniversary of MKO Abiola’s death, Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has called for the late politician to be posthumously named as Nigeria’s elected president.

Professor Soyinka in statement read by the leader of Campaign for Democracy (CD), Dr Joe Odumakin, made the call at the event which was marked in the late politician’s family house in Lagos on Saturday.

The brief ceremony was brought together  by family, friends and well-wishers of  late MKO Abiola.

You will recall that a similar call was recently made by the leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bola Tinubu, during a ceremony to mark the 19th anniversary of the June 12 election.

Referring to the Federal Government’s  plan to re-name the University of Lagos after the late business mogul, Mr Tinubu noted that “Naming of the University of Lagos after Chief M.K.O. Abiola is a move that reduces the national mandate to a sectional mandate” adding that “What should be done is for the Federal Government to posthumously recognize Chief Abiola as the winner and President elect of the 1993 elections.”

In his address at the event to mark MKO’s death, the convener of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare noted that late Abiola lived and died for a just cause and that no matter what is done to diminish his sacrifice for the nation, it will not stand.

The high point of the occasion was the laying of wreath on the grave of the late politician by organisers of the event.

MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1999 presidential election passed away in detention on the 7th of July 1998, fighting to regain his mandate. The election was adjudged to be the freest and fairest election in the nation’s history

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  • smh

    Nigeria and trivialities……..always living in the past!! That is why you’re so stagnant and diminishing. We should be concerned about the President we have now and the one we will have in the future, not the one we never had!

  • Jamonks

       

    I think some people from the Southwest are confused
    with Abiola’s issue. When the Federal government named University of Lagos
    after MKO Abiola, there was riot and some people said that University of Lagos
    is bigger and more important than Abiola.They said who is Abiola that the
    Federal government should name that school after him. After insulting the
    President for coming publicly to announce the change, some people have gone to
    court to challenge it also. There are free to do anything. This is a free society.
    Remember, the federal government owns University of Lagos and through the
    proper channel, legal, and University commission, it has the right to change
    any school name. Sometimes I feel belittle to challenge Wole Soyinka. Let him
    rally his southwest block and tell them to accept the first offer before making
    a request. The issue of Abiola name and University of Lagos has to do with politics.
    The southwest and the party controlling Lagos feel it is bad for a man
    originally from Ogun state to be named after a prestigious university in Lagos.
    In addition, it is bad for a ruling opposition party to name the university
    after a Yoruba man that is not from Lagos. They feel the President is trying to
    divide the Yoruba tribe. Abiola is a Yoruba man and a Nigeria and has the right
    to be named after any institution. I could remember in the past, someone
    proposed that a prominent Nigeria should be named after Broadway in Lagos. Some
    people and the southwest press went against it. This individual is from the Middle
    belt. Abiola is a great man. He has his short comings (he is not a perfect
    man).He deserved whatever destiny has in stock for him whether in the physical
    world or spiritual world, and in afterlife. I am not a fan of MKO Abiola
    neither am I a Yoruba man. I am a free Nigeria who thinks, in life and in death;
    we are all entitle to something.

    • Yemmy

      I can’t read any meaning in your post. You are basically against a party or a tribe? The June 12 issue and Abiola transcends all that sentiments you are struggling with. I wonder what your opinion will be if the error was from a Northern or Southwest President. Let us all begin to think more Nigerian than being segmental. Nigeria is one big union that we can not break easily.

      • http://twitter.com/akparawa Kanaden Eyen Abasi

        Yemmy, does June 12 not transcend Educational barriers?

    • Kunle34

      You are one of those Nigerians I love to listen to and read their articles.You said the truth. Your post was detailed and straight to the point. You are a great Nigerian and a visionary writer.Some people may not accept your post Jamonks, but 90% of Nigerians including those that says negative comments about your post knows that your information was right.They should remove all forms of sentiments. Jamonks post did not say anything negative about Abiola or the Southwest.It is the mistrust that exist in the Southwest and among thier politicians that led to Abiola’s problem.The Southwest and all Nigerians should be United to accept a great man like Abiola and what everway the Federal government wants to immortalize Abiola.

    • http://www.gistnaija.com/ GistNaija

      jamonks you just said my whole mind. if they want Abiola declared president then why are they rioting over renaming of unilag.

  • Ruby

    Anything what doing at all is worth doing well. Abiola died as a result of declaring himself as the winner of the June 12 election. For him to be truely honoured, its either a day (June 12) is declared a national day or he is declared Nigeria’s posthumously elected president. I am against renaming Unilag after him because the rate at which institutions are named after individual is making us not to be able to differentiate government schools from private institutions and more so its for political gain. I am a graduate of UI but am against the renaming of schools especially the old ones after individuals.

    • Nwa Biafra

      In term of  Nigeria politic I also disagree with the Yorubas and in ABIOLA’s case I will vehemently disagree with them again. To all Yoruba’s it’s time you all should wake up and smile the coffee. Like my greatest hero use to say to the YORUBA’s ( GOOD MORNING ) With what is happening now in Nigeria, and in Yoruba land . One with right thinking faculty will  understand that 90% of Yoruba’s and Nigerian’s in general Dislike this man called MKO. IBB  in his own power as a Nigerian annulled the election he claimed to be the winner. And now the people of lagos state and other Nigerian’s were against the current government in renaming UNILAG after him.Any person with his/her right thinking faculty would understand that this things re not unconnected with the role he played with the so called ITT. project. ( RETRIBUTION ) The evil men do lives after them.

  • Dr. Ekusond M.D.

    I have always agreed with the professor but I have to vehemently disagree with his sentiments  on this one.What will be the purpose of declaring him president posthumously? I see no need for that at this time for this will surely distort history.Can somebody give me the timeline to fit in his presidency if someone else was at the helm at that particular time? For example, do we say he was president from  1993 to 1998 when we already know who was HOS at this period of time? Just what timeline do we assign to him? Best we can do is rename Unilag in his honour but this has met  undue resistance for reasons  I do not understand.

    • vincent

       if shonekan can still be allowed to attend national council of state meetings as a former head of state when we all know that he came to power through the sinister plans of IBB, then why can;t Abiola who won the freest election in our history be recognized as former president even in death.

      • Dr.Ekusond M.D.

        You didn’t answer my question though. Give us a time period when MKO was president so that future historians can confidently say that he was i office from this time to that time. Everybody keeps saying he won the election when in fact the results were never made official at all. This is quite a leap if you ask me.We don’t have that information  to say he indeed won the election. Do you happen to know the official breakdown of the result? Mind sharing that with us?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ifechukwu.Ibeme Ifechukwu Ibeme

    Poor MKO Abiola.
    Annulment by govt in life, annulment people in death
    IBB govt annulled his election victory in 19993 when elected by Nigerians.
    UNILAG Alumni and Students and Nigerians want to annul his imortalisation by GEJ govt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ifechukwu.Ibeme Ifechukwu Ibeme

    Poor MKO Abiola.
    Annulment by govt in life, annulment by people in death
    IBB govt annulled his election victory in 1993 when elected by Nigerians.
    UNILAG Alumni and Students and Nigerians want to annul his imortalisation by GEJ govt.

  • UsaveOne

    ….Nigeria!!! Nigerians…!!

    http://usaveone.blogspot.com

  • Donaldnormann

    This is all medicine after death. Nigeria should look for way forward and beating out of bush. ABIOLA and ABACHA are gone and IBB will soon join them there. So, we should leave them to settle their scores there.

    • Abdulnalaraba

      Hmmmmmmm donald, y do u wish Ibb death ? When his time no come.d man still d enjoying his life ooo j j.

  • OJ

    Hello Channels, there seem to be a mistake here: MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1999 presidential election passed…..
    Kindly check the year!

  • john

    Jonathan renamed unilag for political reasons, not to honour Abiola. why didn’t the FG recognize June 12? why was it that only South-Western states recognize June 12? why was the governing council and the senate of the varsity not consulted? why should two institutions of learning be named after Abiola? why was due process not followed? i am sure our no 1 citizen didn’t know there was a law establishing the varsity. how sad. Abiola’s election campaign united Nigerians. why then is the FG trying to sectionalize this great mandate? indeed this renaming is ill-advised and the president should shun pride and reverse it to avoid further to his person and office.

  • Obiernesto

    I commented on the calls made by some individuals that Abiola be named Nigeria’s president post posthumously last June 12 2012. Obviously the idea has been resuscitated by our amiable professor Wole Soyinka. As much as most of his past views though critical but not too bad, this on Abiola being named posthumous president is grossly unacceptable.

    That Abiola contested for the office of the president and died in the struggle to actualize his ambition did not make him anything great or special in Nigeria’s history.
    Is quite possible that the people clamoring to achieve something for M K O Abiola in death are beneficiaries of his benevolence while alive or they feel guilty that they misguided him to claim the presidency by force which eventually led to his incarceration and death. 
    Abiola is being perceived as a democrat and a probable good leader not because his antecedents in politics prior to elections of June 12 1993 portrayed him as such but because he was a good donor of cash. This was similitude of what his posthumous supporters refer to today as “money politics”Nigeria’s culture does not permit talking evil of the dead, hence it wont be necessary to delve into the past and exhume incidents that seem forgotten but still store somewhere in peoples memory.
    As I said sometime ago, Abiola has done nothing spectacular that many others have not done. We need not help him to achieve a personal ambition he could not achieve in his life time. Not all men were able to achieve all their dream. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi Awolowo are men who did a lot for Nigeria yet did not achieve the ambition of ruling Nigeria till they died. Gen Muhamodu Buhari is a man in this our time that is still struggling to realize same dream but only God knows if he will.Please, allow Abiola to rest in peace in his grave and stop all the noise about his annulled election and death. Nigeria and Nigerians should move forward not backward. GOD BLESS NIGERIA   

  • Obiernesto

    I commented on the calls made by some individuals that Abiola be named Nigeria’s president post posthumously last June 12 2012. Obviously the idea has been resuscitated by our amiable professor Wole Soyinka. As much as most of his past views though critical but not too bad, this on Abiola being named posthumous president is grossly unacceptable.

    That Abiola contested for the office of the president and died in the struggle to actualize his ambition did not make him anything great or special in Nigeria’s history.
    Is quite possible that the people clamoring to achieve something for M K O Abiola in death are beneficiaries of his benevolence while alive or they feel guilty that they misguided him to claim the presidency by force which eventually led to his incarceration and death. 
    Abiola is being perceived as a democrat and a probable good leader not because his antecedents in politics prior to elections of June 12 1993 portrayed him as such but because he was a good donor of cash. This was similitude of what his posthumous supporters refer to today as “money politics”Nigeria’s culture does not permit talking evil of the dead, hence it wont be necessary to delve into the past and exhume incidents that seem forgotten but still store somewhere in peoples memory.
    As I said sometime ago, Abiola has done nothing spectacular that many others have not done. We need not help him to achieve a personal ambition he could not achieve in his life time. Not all men were able to achieve all their dream. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi Awolowo are men who did a lot for Nigeria yet did not achieve the ambition of ruling Nigeria till they died. Gen Muhamodu Buhari is a man in this our time that is still struggling to realize same dream but only God knows if he will.Please, allow Abiola to rest in peace in his grave and stop all the noise about his annulled election and death. Nigeria and Nigerians should move forward not backward. GOD BLESS NIGERIA   

  • Oluwatoni

    On the partial blockage of the 3rd mainland bridge and subsequent diversion of traffic to the Ikorodu road through to Carter bridge corridor, the Eko bridge via Oyingbo and Iddo corrido, I like to appeal the Lagos State Government to PLEASE, repair the Connecting Metal beam on Eko bridge by the Apapa intersection on the bridge.
    Also , an entire lane on the Iddo -Oyingbo traffic bound corrido is completely destroyed and must be repaired immediately to reduce vehicle congestion.  
    I like to implore the :Lagos State government to also request the contractor handing the resurfacing and tarring of Abeokuta Street in Ebute-Metta to speed up the pace of work. Its been horrendous commuting on the road since repairs works began about a year ago.
    Need less to say that Oshodi-Apapa-Tin-can Island Express road, is totally paralyzed, depressing and a nightmare for Commuters. 
    These aforementioned routes are the alternative corridos connecting the Island to the mainland and are all in deplorable State.  Please, Help. Governor Babatunde Rafi Fashola( SAN)

  • Toni

    If UNILAG was named after Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, there would be no rouse or riot.The only disent however, will be from Mr Lai Muhammed  who sees nothing good about The Goodluck Jonathan Led administration. 

    Objective opposition is critical for nation building but I am baffled by its autocratic and oligarchy focus specially in the south west. Time will tell if this breed of vanguard of opposition politics are for the common good of the people or for personal aggrandizement. 

    The agitation I think, is that UNILAG is too big for a Chief MKO Abiola to be named after. Simply stated, pride of the Great Akokites!!!!!!!!!!! Any informed person knows Late Chief MKO Abiola was world renowned. His footprints are on the sand of times. Late MKO’s colleagues are the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg who dropped out of the most prestigious school in the world to make the their lives sublim

    I like to charge this parochial ones to endeavour  they chant a course that will ensure ‘UNILAG’ and indeed the World immortalize them some day

  • Igoniwari

    These guys are just confused. They just woke up to realise how important M. K. O Abiola was in Nigerian Politics. First let the change of name for the University stand, then you could be considered in your other request. If the President has not been truly PATROTIC in his outlook, would these so- called rascals come up with these irrelevances. They are better left in their primodial rascality for more important STATE matters. Thank you. 

  • SGOMWALK

    THE YORUBA SYCOPHANTS COULD NOT DEMAND THIS OUTRAGEOUS CALL FROM THEIR SON OBJ NOR FROM YARADUA?

    THEY NOW HAVE THE AUDACITY TO CHALLENGE JONATHAN.
    THIS IS A COUNTRY WHERE IDIOTS ARE JUST SHOUTING OR BARKING TO BE RELEVANT.
    THIS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

    JONATHAN SHOULD AS WELL FORGET ABOUT NAMING ANY THING AFTER ANY BODY.

  • SGOMWALK

    JONATHAN I WILL SUPPORT YOU NOT GIVE A DAMN OR MONKEY TO THIS STUPID DEMAN AFTER THEY RUBBISH YOUR EFFORTS.

    THEY CAN ALL GO TO HELL.

  • AngryNigerian

    A yoruba adage says There cannot be an elder in the market while the head of a new born goes astray. I think someone needs to tell Prof. Soyinka to please keep quiet.

    The issue of abiola being made a president posthumously is not what will make Nigeria to be at peace. There are more pressing issues than this. I am pretty sure Abiola where he is now, looking down on Nigeria, would not want to associate his Good name with any thing called Nigeria.

    He same Soyinka claimed he know those who killed his good friend Bola Ige. He is yet to name one name. He should just enjoy his retirement in the US as he has been doing, and let more serious youth try to fix the problem their generation has cost us.

  • http://twitter.com/akparawa Kanaden Eyen Abasi

    Unfortunately, what Prof Soyinka should do is try and convince his western brothers of this plan. We have seen that recently only for the Federal Government to immortalise Abiola using UniLAG for example they rejected it and there is a pending case in the court now. When they the Yorubas can’t accept such, how do they think Nigerians will feel about this plan. Charity begins at Home.

  • http://twitter.com/akparawa Kanaden Eyen Abasi

    My advice is since there some places and things named after IBB in the south west, it will seem well that the south west renamed all those things.

  • Animal-Talk

     Now Biafrans are demanding that Aguiyi Ironsi’s killers be fished out!!!
    And While Nigeria may want to declare whoever (Crook) they want as their president, they must sign agreement to let BIAFRANS GO!!!
    We do not associate evil people will good things and that is what ‘Nigeria’ evil has caused the Biafra society that men of evil character are taking up positions meant for people with integrity, and idiots and armed robbers giving themselves the title of ‘honorable’
    Now where in any sane world do people that ought to have been shot for long or thrown in life time jail with hard labour, be cruising around with entourage answering hournables if not in a useless waste land called ‘Nigeria’???
    Someone close to Wole Soyinka should do him a favour by advising him (If he will listen) not to smear his reputation with this mess… Unless he is already swallowed the Faruok bait and can’t help doing the dirty job…
    A sad end it will be for a man that people world over respects… Abiola  was a criminal and a traitor… his evil deeds must be exposed to warn the present criminals like him not to expect good words from the people when they die. It will also help the young ones to to emulate the mischievous life of evil criminals, even with all their ill-gotten wealth!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vikkydunamis Fagbemi Victoria Oluwatobi

    I wander why we are always still looking at the past rather than the present and the future. Abiola is gone and Nigeria is having more problems than ever. How will acknowledging Abiola as the ”
    posthumously elected president” of the 1993 election stop the corruption in the country, the Boko Haram nonsense, the inadequate social amenities and so many issues that is bringing the name of the country to disrepute?

  • http://www.gistnaija.com/ GistNaija

    i respect the fact that abiola won the election . But declaring him president when he was never sworn in is not accepted by me.

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