What Nigerian Leaders Should Learn From MKO – Jamiu Abiola

Mr Jamiu, son of late MKO Abiola, urges Nigerian leaders to be selfless in their service to the nation.



One of the children of late MKO Abiola, Jamiu, has advised leaders in the country to take a cue from his father and move the nation forward.

Speaking during an interview with Channels Television on Friday, Jamiu urged the leaders to be selfless in their service to the nation.

“I think it is a clarion call to everyone to always look beyond what he (Abiola) did to what we can do today,” he said on the occasion of the Democracy Day.

The writer and author added, “If we learn from him and we do what he used to do, in terms of thinking less of himself and more of others, then what he has done will now become progressively continuous; it will not just stop with his death.”

A file photo of late MKO Abiola.


According to Jamiu, the central message for Nigeria is to look beyond Abiola’s struggle for good governance and implement some of the things he advocated in the past.

He insisted that Nigerians cannot continue to say “he (Abiola) did this, he did that without implementing some of these things and becoming more selfless.”

In 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari changed the date to mark Democracy Day in Nigeria from May 29 to June 12.

The date for the occasion which commemorates the return to civilian rule was changed in honour of late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election.

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channels book clubThis episode of Channels Book Club featured a linguist with love for the world and diversity of languages, Jamiu Abiola, who speaks over 11 languages and wrote his first book, ‘Realistic Hopes’ in Arabic before translating it to English.

Jamiu, who is also the son of two political icons, the late Kudirat and MKO Abiola, discussed his book, his love for languages and a few other interesting things.

Also, veteran actor and an advocate of Tourism Reformation in Nigeria, Mr Femi Robinson who played the role of headmaster in the successful television drama series of the eighties titled, ‘The Village Headmaster’

Mr Robinson has written a number of books and he joined to discuss his writings and some of his current interests.