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Was Abiola An International Drug Baron?

Was Abiola an International Drug Baron?

The late Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola was indeed a famous powerful distinguished Nigerian who unfortunately suffered state terrorism for his dogged insistence on actualising his June 12 1993 presidential mandate criminally usurped by the military cabal in power led by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. Chief Abiola was allegedly beaten to death in detention after Gen. Abacha suddenly died while playing the game of intimacy with imported love-peddlers which constituted one of his hobbies.

Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, the man who headed the electoral commission that flawlessly organised the June 12 poll has told us recently what transpired during those tensed days before, during and after the clean poll. According to the magniloquent professor of political science MKO Abiola won the presidential election without any 'wuru-wuru' or 'mago-mago' which sadly characterised the April 2007 electoral exercise.

Bashorun Abiola, in the consciousness of millions of Nigerians remained the best president Nigeria never had after the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. MKO Abiola's rag-to-riches story was widely known. As a child of destiny he was said to have sold firewood to be able to sponsor his elementary education having been born to poor parents.

Before the June 12 martyr met his tragic death in the Abacha gulag he had famously become one of the celebrated richest Nigerians, a benevolent billionaire whose business empire included the defunct 'Concord' media group, Abiola bakery, Abiola bookshops, Abiola farms and other industrial investments at home and abroad.

This treatise was motivated by an article entitled "Nwosu, June 12, Two Party System" published Thursday, 19 June 2008 online, and authored by one Dr Abayomi Ferreira.  Nothing really was wrong with the piece but one of the registered respondents with a moniker "Ocnus" had raised a serious issue in his reaction which must not be ignored.

Dr. Gary K. Busch alias 'Ocnus' had the following to say about June 12 and late Abiola: "At the risk of annoying people I shall point out again that while it is no doubt true that IBB voided the June 12 election and precipitated a national emergency the truth behind that has never been fully understood by the Nigerian populace. The Nigerian military were adamant that the Babangida government should never allow Abiola to run for office. The basis for this was the information being circulated in Washington, London and Lagos of Abiola's alleged ties to the drugs business. The US, in particular, had expressed its strong opposition to Abiola as President; not because of his politics or allegations of corruption, but rather for the evidence they felt was correct about Abiola's alleged drugs connections.

This was raised in the Military Council on three occasions and Babangida was warned. He refused to take a decision until it was almost too late. When he did he precipitated the crisis of June 12. His friends in the military supported him but were let down by IBB's lack of decisiveness. US Ambassador Walker and others visited IBB and told him but he dithered which made the impact worse." 

Ordinarily one should have dismissed the 'Ocnus' submission as a wild claim or

a weird speculation of a distant observer struggling to be recognised and heard but given Dr. Gary K. Busch's many published exposés on the dog-eat-dog politics of the Nigerian military -- something crucially profound that investigatively cast him aside (much like Mr Max Siollun) as either a well-paid foreign spy or a confidential insider in the Nigerian power house -- the drug-running connections to which the late Abiola was linked must not pass without raising interesting questions.

Was MKO Abiola an international drug baron? Or was that pinned on him by his local and foreign enemies as grounds to deny him his deserved electoral victory? It is often said that behind every great fortune there's a great crime but in MKO's case behind his vast fortune Nigerians had thought rightly or wrongly that he meritoriously worked for it and took time out to narrate how it all began, how he had dreamt and pursued his dreams and ideas of overcoming poverty.

Again one is obliged to ask: was the drug-running connections the major reason behind the annulment of Abiola's presidential poll triumph? Or better still was that what IBB explained away to the assembled high-profile traditional rulers from Yorubaland led by the Ooni of Ife during the June 12 national political crisis after which Ooni Sijuwade told a bewildered nation that "Babangida was making some sense"? He never told us the kind of sense Babangida was making?

Well 'Ocnus' must throw more light on this subject-matter since he appears to know more and possess more classified documents and infos that are not in our possession. Dr Busch is presumably an American who knows the Nigerian military power game more than many of us. No one is begrudging him for that deep knowledge of the inner workings of our depraved generals but he needs to come forward with more facts in support of his statement.

Abiola was no saint! Like many other successful Nigerians of his generation he had his shortcomings. Nigerians however never needed America to tell us that Abiola was a murderer, a chronic polygamist, an ITT fraudster or a drug baron before we voted for him en masse. We chose him because we believed in his humane qualities and demonstrated ability to change our society for better. Americans had voted in Presidents whose character portraits were nothing much to write home about. We never decided for them in such situations nor questioned a Clinton for 'Lewinskygate', a Nixon for 'Watergate' or a W. Bush for 'Iraqigate'.

The June 12 controversial presidential poll and its incontrovertible outcome was annulled by a military cabal warring over succession. Gen. Babangida must have reached some oral agreement with late Gen. Abacha that power would be surrendered to him after his reign. But succumbing to both local and international pressure (having guilefully manipulated and manipulated times and times again his handover date) IBB sought to undo the oral accord but met a brickwall in the dark-goggled one and his military cabal.

Having helped to stabilise Babangida's regime in all loyalty for eight giddy years Abacha, then power hungry and desperate, could not understand or come to terms with why Babangida should not reward him and reciprocate the loyal military gesture. Allowing an Abiola presidency would have put paid to the Abacha ambition but the dead duo would have possibly been alive today.

Alas Bashorun Abiola and June 12 became the sacrificial lamb. And Nigeria the principal victim of this military poisoned politics of the coup-plotting generals. And Nigerians are still paying a huge price for the rot the military left behind. 

http://www.nigeriansinamerica.com/articles/2689/

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hmmm,am enjoying dis so far,

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Drug baron president wannabe

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No such thing as a fraud gene, kidnap gene or theft gene in any human being. Some people just have bad behaviours.

Southern Nigerians TRY TO GET ALONG.

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We have to stop this inter-tribal malice. It does not profit us. What benefits have you gained from insulting each other now. We need to create mutual

respect amongst our peoples. Then we will be able to cooperate on achieving worthy goals.

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HAHAHA I just cannot add anything to such a beautiful piece

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You really are slow arent you? U aint never heard of sarcasm? Please bounce, who the hell r u anyways?

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You mean Mekus and mental-gong in action,right ?

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Part 5 nearly completed. . . .

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Nna bros this story is funny

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Why should I be surprise that a kleptomaniac like MKO is your legend, It is a pity!!

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though i do not believe what mekuxx posted, because the story sound so bizarre but we should come to think about these facts, babaginda himself actually said the yourubas gave him the go ahead to annul the election (June 12) and following the revealing facts been published from the source the story came from, it has the international backing of some big guns in the world also checking the world we live in the story of the philanthropist is what i don`t think we should be digging in to as yoruba we say (isale oro le gbin). finally ibb himself as the confident to say that yorubas will vote for him in 2011 howcome the nincompoop get that confidence that implies the leaders of Yoruba race has bastardized alot of things in their time and the earlier the better we pray that they did be blown out of existence.

thank you

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I've read through most of your comments on this issue and i must confess that very few of you have made intelligent contributions.Many of you seem to be adamant that the late Chief Abiola was a thief.But before jumping to such conclusions,you should do you research.

What is the source of this popular rumour? is it Fela's ITT song? Well let me be the first to tell you that Fela's stance on Abiola were biased because he and Abiola were in a feud over his work on the Chief's record label and thus were not on good terms.The feud was concerning his royalty payments.

If you are so sure that this man stole money from the government,ask your self another question,unlike OBJ , Ibori and the rest,has there ever been any proper concrete evidence to this effect? Were all his businesss' not financially independent from the government?

Where ever you have a rich man,there's always speculation as to how he made his money,and the issue of fraudalent practices or theft will always come up.It's just like how many say that Adenuga is a thief.These men are not thieves,they are simply manipulative and witty - a characteristic of all rich men.

Now,get the facts right.Abiola made his break at ITT when he was able to get the Military government of Muritala Mohammed to pay a debt the Nigerian government had owed to the company for years.Before Abiola was able to retrieve the payment , the company had made countless unsuccesful bids to get it,hence they were highly impressed with his perseverance and made him the head of the firm's operations in Africa and the middle east.He became the first indigenous Nigerian head of a Multinational company.

With that being said,pls endeavour to stop speaking ill about a man who's philantropic deeds and benevolence were ground breaking.All those saying that IBB saved Nigerians from the wrath of a "Kleptomaniac" have no argument.Your arguements are flawed.

From Nairaland alone , it is clear that Nigeria is a very tribalistic coutry,b'cos it has become clear to me that most of the pple speaking ill of abiola are igbo. Yorubas' would seldom speak ill about MKO Abiola.In yoruba land, he is a legend.As a matter of fact,excluding a relatively few ignorant Nigerians, he is a legend! from Maiduguri to sokoto,to abuja to Enugu to Delta and all the way to Lagos.

I rest my case.

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People who supported the actualisation of june 12 election did so on principle. Its difficult for someone like the originator of this post (' intelligent poster') to understand that. Principle are principles; many of us that voted for him were aware of many of his flaws, but in a democracy, you must make a choice, and Abiola was chosen. he was certainly the most credible amongst the other contestants. Nobody can deny that he loved the people, and he wanted to make a difference. Any successful 'contractor' at that time cannot be a complete saint.

Babangida wants to contest the elections, and I can bet you that we are going to see more posts like this at nairaland. The guy has billions in dollars to throw around

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am 100% yoruba and you know what FAWK YOU GUYS mhen, seriously, when a freaking igbo man is selling a stone to you saying its diamond, is he not fraudulent?, you and i know igbo people invented 419, was alamesia yoruba?,,,or guazo? or ibb?, or are you telling me all non-yoruba governors are clean, meeeecheww, what has where you come from got to do with your core values,

@ babe97 , ooooh mhen, seriously, the only thing you have proved to me is "beauty has nothing to do with being intelligent" you are just one of those,

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Yeah, for once I support my dear crazy friend, Wily-Wily. Yorubas are the most horrible, most deceptive fraudsters on God's green earth!!! Check out these Yoruba fraudsters below:

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=59947

http://www.thisdayonline.com/archive/2004/04/16/20040416dia01.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4690031.stm

http://www.dawodu.com/oduyela2.htm

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All Nigerians Know that, Yorubas are well established in Fraud.

Corruption is a Culture in Yorubland.

No Yoruba without Fraud gene. All have Fraud gene in their system.

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Thats true- all the igbo people I worked with once during an internship, were such nice and friendly people lol. Tells you that the Internets draws the weirdos in all ethnic groups and race.

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Hey mekus and wily+wily etc,

I really wonder what manner of human beings you guys are. I'm surrounded by Igbo people in my office and these guys are excellent, friendly, jovial, fun people and we yorubas get along well with them; we are all like a big happy family.

I wonder how you relate with other tribes in your real life if you can be this hostile to them on the internet. I definitely do not want people like you around me!!

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I've read all the posts in this thread and I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the only thing the oyibos (the west) had against Abiola - REPARATIONS!!

He was truly going to fuc.k them up with reparations to turn around all the debts they claimed Africa owed them into assets for the black man!!

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association of ooduduwa peoples criminals,

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@ tkb417

By name-calling; disgrace, nonentity, illiterate, Arrow, etc; we shall know them.

Sorry I can’t descend to your level, I just can’t.

You’ve made your point so move on!

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lolz Abeg let us make this story continuous- I would write my bit later, conflating your story with mine

Poor emeka

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[center]The Travails of Chukwuemeka(3)[/center]

Emeka’s journey to lagos was a hard and tedious one. This was the first time he would leave the Biafran heartland and he was both anxious and scared at the same time.

He could not sleep a wink for the entire duration of the 12 hour trip,he wondered aloud to himself. . .”I hope those ngati Yoruba will not attack me on the streets”, he equally wondered the kind of reception he would receive from ‘Uncle Majestic’ once he arrived Lagos.

They finally arrived Orile park in Lagos close to 12 midnight ! “This is Lagos “ he wondered aloud again.

“I will conquer you by the great power of Amadiaoha”, ”I will complete what my lord and master Ojukwu could not accomplish in the late 60s”.

As he alighted, he was confident everyone would know his great Uncle and probably take him to majestic’s house once they realized he was a relative.

He spoke little English & could barely communicate with the Hausa suya man & Yoruba conductors at the park,he searched for someone who could at least understand his thick Igbo .

Finally he was able to sight an Igbo man ,whom he identified by the loud Mbaise music blaring from his shop.

“Nna Kedu” Emeka greeted, “Kedu” came the reply ,the shopkeeper looked like he was in his early thirties and assessed Mekus suspiciously. “E be kini je “ “where are you going” asked Mr shopkeeper.

“I’m a relative of uncle majestic and I want you to take me to his house” mekus confidently replied in his rather deep Uli dialect.

“Uncle who” said the shopkeeper. “Uncle Majestic” replied mekus,” He’s also known as Uchendu the spare parts dealer”.

The shopkeeper held back himself from bursting out in laughter. “You are looking for Uche the spare parts dealer, in orile or in Lagos?” he said.

“He’s in Lagos, I’m sure you must know him” replied Mekus,he was tired and was not ready for any games,he made a mental note to report this guy to his Uncle for wasting his time.

Now the shopkeeper could not hold back himself, he called out to his friends who were trying to sleep at the back of the shop.

“Please see me see wahala o “ he said “ This bush baby has just come from Ihiala and is looking for Uche in Lagos” he shouted.

The entire carpark was thrown into a serious fit of laughter .

“Uche in Lagos?!” Onlookers gathered around Mekus, who wondered what all the fuss was about.

Afterall his uncle was known all over Uli, what was the joke ?

Finally one of the Igbo boys came to him , noticing he was genuinely confused,

“Nne, we have thousands of Uches selling spare parts in Lagos, as a matter of fact in Orile alone we have almost 40”

Mekus realised he was in deep trouble, he suddenly longed for his bed made of palm fronds in his mud hut close to the fermenting area of his hamlet in quiet Uli.

. . . . . to be continued

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Isn't it the job of the accuser to come up with the evidence?

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yeah thanks

it was cool. urs?

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Gracias.

Gdmrnin.Hop ur nyt was gud?

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Una get 2much tym and ds nevr ending bashn makes my head ache.

Plz stop!

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@006

As tkb417 pointed out- we really are not interested in your achievements. What we are most interested in though, is the insults on Abiola- a great man.Infact, if I could half achieve what Abiola achieved, I would feel fulfilled. thats the type of achievement we strive for lol.

Abiola was a true business magnate. Its insulting that a small fry like mekusxxx who has not achieved a tenth of what abiola has is insulting such a great man.

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who gives a single toss of a hammer if you are the king of your hamlet?

The only point i just wanna emphasize is that, u 006 is an illiterate

geddit!!!!

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@ tkb417

If someone who has achieved a lot in life can be called a disgrace, I wonder what YOU should be called. It may take you forever to attain what I’ve attained so far in life.

Records are indelible!

You should rather come up with credible facts to disprove Mekus (to the point I last followed this thread) than to rant with no apparent coherence.

Critical thinking capacity cannot be bought and which you obviously lack; it’s not grammar.

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can you make sense?

if you wanna claim typo errors, you should have typed something like prouf or pruof

not taking prove to be proof

ure a disgrace!!

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@ tkb417

I've been away for awhile now and it seems I've missed quite a lot.

Well, it's unfortunate you dwell on finding errors in folks’ writings. Maybe you forgot that it is customary to edit a piece of writing before publication and we are sometimes not that privileged as we do other stuff on the Net apart from reading your incoherent argument and replying to it.

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Seun ,I beg solve this back-up wahala o !

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Romance?whtz romantic with what I said?

Or hv u been waitin 4an opportunity 2visit d hostel?oya,come lets go.

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The sale of counterfeit car parts paid the bills, but Emeka still yearned for more. At night he would move his sleeping mat up onto the roof of the shipping container that held his parts shop, look out over the rusted tin roofs of Ajegunle-by-the-Sea, kill greasy rats with a stick, and dream of a better life in Lagos, the Promised Land.

Envious of the soaring career successes of his college-educated younger brothers and sisters scattered all over the globe, Emeka yearned above all to demonstrate that his cash income could match anything earned by his siblings, thanks to the career option of criminal conduct. That big entrepreneurial break came soon enough, but he had to learn how to use a gun first, which he did, despite nearly shooting himself more than once during the lessons.

In total, Emeka participated in three armed robberies during his first year in Lagos. The first two home invasion attacks were relatively peaceful and profitable enough to net the fledgling bandit 50 thousand naira, most of which went right away to settle his tab at the local gin joint and bordello. It was in the aftermath of that THIRD robbery operation, during which Emeka’s gang had the very bad luck of running into the armed convoy of the state commissioner of police, that the one-time parts dealer finally decided to try and get a real job.

Discharged from the orthopedic hospital six months on, Emeka leafed through a dictionary one rainy morning and wrote his first 419 advanced fee fraud email letter , slowly typing his stilted prose on the keyboard of an internet- enabled laptop computer he had grabbed from inside a car that was stuck in traffic a few days earlier…,

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Honestly, NL politics section has lost its credibility.

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In response to popular demand & as a consequence of NL back-up failures,I re-present to you, 'The Travails of Chukwuemeka the Biafran'

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What is America's bussiness with our politics. They are intruding upon our sovereignty. We don't tell them what to do so they shouldn't tell us either. As for Abiola,we don't know his grass to grace story fully. Babangida was a deservice 2 our country.

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We never know watz true.Babangida may have lied & told d truth.or afterall who can tell Abiola's grass to grace.Even at that what America's bussiness in our politics they are violating our sovereignty. They should not tell us what to do because we don't tell them what to do.

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Dotman 01 and tlops:

Both the police and the bank did not deny anything. They merely said they have no idea. Besides, the police officer was said to be on leave so there is no way he is expected to be aware of the details. The Bank does not want to get the press involved any further. Keep on denying FACTS , but you know what I buy, don't you?

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More questions:

What was Awo's opinion on MKO?

What does OBJ think of MKO?

What dido Oni of Ife say after the election was cancelled?

I have the answers already from various articles but I hope you will be man enough to own up. MKO was a BIG FAT fraud and as with most fraudulent people, as soon as they pass, their legacy passes too. You can see how ''super rich'' his family is now. BUNKUMS

I have no biz with IBB and he can roast in hell for all I care, but that does not take away the fact that it was good he cancelled the election after what we now know about MKO.

Sefago,

Treachery backstabbing and related behaviors are pervasive in those parts. I only highlighted with 3 prominent examples.

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Meku,if ua man enough face me,yeah me alone.i want to enter into a roforofo fight wt you.You have the guts to abuse my tribe,God in heaven will add sorrow into ur miserable life.WTF,I repeat God in Heaven will add agony into ur miserable life.

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Here they come again-the History revionists! MKO a drug baron my foot! A drug baron who jetted into the US without a Visa and in less than 2 hours was granted audience by the White House. (That happened the night he escaped the assains of the Government in July 1993)

And all these lies because you want to support someone to run for the Presidency.Why not just tell us what he can do,instead of telling lies.

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Meku,I m sure if ur mother dey read ur post here she go dey regret why she no use do menstruation.You are only fit 4 toilet pit where pigs will swallow you up.OLORIBURUKU OMO ALE!!!

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The spokesman of the SFU, Mr. Ezima Akan, said he had been on vacation and had no idea of Deji’s arrest. Also, when our correspondent contacted GT Bank’s Assistant General Manager, Public Relations, Mrs. Lola Odedina, on the telephone, she said, “I have no idea. Thank you.”

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@mesuxxx. The story of deji abiola/gtb is nt genuine. According to wat u posted (1)The spokesman of the SFU mr. Ezima Akan, said he had no idea of deji's arrest. Also

(2)The Gtb's public relations officer mrs. Lola odedina said he had no idea about any arrest.

Can somebody just copy nd paste it from d news posted by mr. Mesu. Am typin frm a phone

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