MKO Abiola: The Leader Nigerians were wrongfully denied

As a Nigerian, there are few names one imagine when they think of the word: patriotism. We haven’t had much people in power who are willing to put the welfare of the people above all else. Once upon a time, there was such a man who made Nigerians hopeful for a better future, and that man was Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, popularly known as MKO.

Most people at the time and till date have nothing but admiration for him. With MKO, they saw a man who could truly change the fortunes of the country to a better one. His vision ‘Hope 93’ entailed eliminating poverty in Nigeria. He was a businessman and politician who advocated for democracy, equality, and human rights.

He died in July 1998 under controversial circumstances, after supposedly winning the presidential elections, and his death to many only buttressed the fact that he was a man who threatened the Nigerian political structure. He was the people’s man and to date, people still celebrate his legacy.

Today, Nigerians took to social media remembering the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 elections and all that could have been, if he were allowed to rule.

There was also discussion about the timeline since his death, and what has happened since then, and most people alluded to the fact that not much has changed in government since his demise. “The same people that ruled us then are the same people ruling us now.”

A lot of people also discussed how symbolic his words on the day of arrest was to the attainment of democracy in Nigeria. By advocating a peaceful demonstration, he implored people to desist from the violent approach in which the military used to gain power.

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