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Reps oppose bid to immortalise MKO Abiola

Idowu Samuel and Bola Badmus, Abuja - 22.07.2009

Attempt by some members of the House of Representatives to make the Federal Government immortalise the late Chief MKO Abiola, who won the controversial June 12, 1993 presidential election, suffered a set back on Tuesday, as the House threw out a motion to that effect with a resounding voice vote.

The rejection of the motion by the House was the third within a month, since it was represented by the leadership which appeared very disposed to the passage, even as the second attempt to make the motion sail through suffered a similar defeat two weeks ago.

It was apparent that legislators from the North were not in good accord with the motion sponsored by Honourable Patrick Obahiagbon and supported by 34 other members, as the opposing camp canvassed ethnic sentiments to deny Abiola an opportunity to get immortalised for the roles he played in entrenching democracy in Nigeria.

The motion on Abiola’s immortalisation had hardly been presented for debate when signs began to emerge that the debate would toe an ethnic line in which the sponsors, perceived as southerners, appeared to have been drawn in a war of sentiments with their northern counterparts.

Obahiagbon and his co-sponsors had argued that the late MKO Abiola stood as a symbol of democracy having laid down his life for promotion of democratic rule in Nigeria, notwithstanding the humiliations he suffered in the hands of the military government, which annulled the June 12 election, which, they said, he had won overwhelmingly.

They argued that he deserved to be immortalised. Leading the debate on the motion, the representative from Edo State said the need for immortalisation of Abiola was long overdue, given the role he performed in making Nigeria overcome the problems of ethnicism, tribalism and religious bigotry through his candidature in the 1993 presidential election, which he won.

Comment: My personal opinion is that Abiola should be immortalied for gaining the majority of the votes on June 12th. While some people could find certain objectionable qualities of Abiola- the man; the issue of the vote touches the root of our democracy today, and probably in the future. Abiola was not just denied office, but the millions of Nigerians that voted for him were robbed in broad daylight. In many countries, the issue of immortalizing a man who won a popular election, was denied tenure, and eventually died in prison wouldn't even be a debate in the first place, but this is Nigeria. What do you think about immortalizing MKO Abiola.

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what about his 72 virgins?

MKO doesn't play with his hoochie harem

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The fact that till this very day, we still have approximately 1 landline to 300 Nigerians is already enough immortalization.

Long live MKO. In hell!

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why should he be immortalised, when he was one of IBB's greatest beneficiaries? He wined and dined on the tables of the millitary boys. He was one of IBB's close civilian friends who probably thought that because of his friendship with IBB, he would automatically become Nigeria's president - thereby providing a safe haven for IBB's former nefarious activities. Unfortunately, with all his wisdom and riches, he was not wise or rich enough to know what the boys in khaki were planning for him

Yes, we can argue that he was a good man, and he donated millions to charities etc etc but hey, his dying for democracy does not automatically make him a saint.

Other than that, a lot of his 'enemies' are still alive and will not sit back when he is being immortalized. What will that say about them? The IBB's, OBJ's and others?

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I think if Abiola is immortalised the Alhaji shehu yaradua should be immortalised as well. He was cheated to give way for MKO and eventually lost his life for democracy. Abiola indirectly was part of the plan until IBB turned on him.

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I have always known that there're many sides to MKO, but the one under discussion is June 12th

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and you forget to mention all these would not have been possible with AWOLOWO's free education and scholarship.

Same free education and scholarship denied younger generation today by people ABIOLA dine and wine with!

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Late MKO Abiola may have liked BIG women, but the one pictured above would not have come within a mile of the man for such a  horrifying encounter, talk less of pinning the mogul in the deadly Buttocks Hold, as depicted in the above artists impression, courstesy of an unsung Rembrant among us, Mr. Mafioso.

The son of dirt-poor parents, Moshood Abiola's epic rise from that humble start to the top of his graduating class in Glasgow University's accounting school, and beyond that into a stratospheric career trajectory that saw him become at age 30 one of Africa's most successful businessmen, but more importantly, one of her greatest philanthropic forces of nature, has all passed into the realms of contemporary folklore, to be judged, lauded and reviled in turn by internet pundits and newspaper hacks, whenever the anniversary of Abiola's death rolls around.

Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola is a modern African hero, whose formidable intellect and near total recall memory capabilities lay politely hidden behind the man's public persona of the boistrous, wise-cracking raconteur with an eye for the girls and a heart of pure gold for the less fortunate.

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I think you need to emphasize that especially as we begin to learn democracy again.

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the man couldn't even control his own ever expanding family.

i doubt he would have made a good president.

nay on immortalizing him.

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AND SO BLOODY WHAT??, Then let them immortalize all the past Criminals including LAWRENCE ANINI

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The guy was a crook though.

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Critically looking. NO.

He played with BAD BOYS and got burnt.

Thats how the cookie crumbles

Dont forget Abiola + OBJ robbed Nigerians of fixed line telephone. (ITT)

This was to be foundation for ADSL today and see what we have in Nigeria.

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I don't know why people always equate June 12 with abiola even though they both seem iseperable.

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I would have formed a Mob squad on becoming a president - to round all them up to be executed. - i forget Yar adua " mr rule of law"

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I'm sure everyone in this world is silly except you and your cronies.

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hmmmmm. . . . never occurred to me. . . . Yara is more spineless than I thought.

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True Point - with all the power the man is gutless - maybe it about the "money " life dont mean shi t

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I never said Abiola was perfect, my point is that denying him the mandate given by millions of Nigerians, also effectively robbed everyone of us.

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It's for you Nigerians to decide whether to immortalize him or not. Your country your decision.

I only admire the last 5 years of his entire life before they killed him.

Prior to that period M.K.O was an army boys a**hole, sponsoring as many coup as he can and paid the price in the end in th hand of of his former paddy's.

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Any motion proposed by Nigeia's inimitable GRAMMAR MAN,  Honorable Patrick Obahiagbon, MUST be passed with immediate effect, alacrity, expedience and dispatch, given the arsenal of incomprehensible tautological pyrotechnics that our man Patrick brings to bear in all matters of this nature.

On a less urgent note, YES, MKO Abiola was and is a legend of Africa, who must NEVER be forgotten.

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Person dat made nigeria to join OIC

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The simple answer is NO, The FG may honor him or his family & benefactors build an edifice to immortalise him, But not a national holiday as been touted by some people, june 12 may be immortalised as a national holiday but not abiola, when we dont have a Zik day, Awo's day or ahmadu bello day

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all man cant do but to be what they are HUMAN,nobody is FULLY pure,all generations has it's own HERO on a distinct topic or issue.

High Chief MOSHOOD KASHIMAWO OLAWALE ABIOLA"OLA N BIWON NU"is surely one of the HERO if not "THE HERO "of our time on the topic DEMOCRACY in NIGERIA

alot was said about him,but non of this could convince His people,My people,Your people,NIGERIANS on June 12,1993,before then there was no CLARE assured FUTURE,HE brought HOPE to the backyards,streetstowns,cities,hooks and crannies of Nigeria, He brought HOPE 93 to US and we accepted it an showed we could stand for it

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We did STOOD for the foreseen HOPE,for The Truth,for the TRUE LEADERSHIP"FOR ONCE TOGETHER"

After the whole rigging THEY knew they couldn't US with a wrong result like we have it now everywhere, because WE WERE ONE FOR THE FIRST TIME

We were robbed,but yet HE Stood for the truth and died on it, HE WAS A MARTYR, adieu M.K.O"THE LOST HOPE",should it be FORGOTTEN?

I think we still need someone like HIM to come BRING US TOGETHER AGAIN,, but with people like

Quote from: bawomolo on Today at 04:27:58 AM

the man couldn't even control his own ever expanding family.

i doubt he would have made a good president.

nay on immortalizing him.

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It's for you Nigerians to decide whether to immortalize him or not. Your country your decision.

I only admire the last 5 years of his entire life before they killed him.

Prior to that period M.K.O was an army boys a**hole, sponsoring as many coup as he can and paid the price in the end in th hand of of his former paddy's.

especially ;Quote from: Eziachi on Yesterday at 02:35:45 PM

He has more chance of being honored in Oduduwa republic than in Nigeria (no chance) as his enemies or old/former friends are still very much alive. When Yar Adua can't even confront those that killed his brother but is rather dinning with them, all in the name of being in power.

Respect to all other opinions,

CAN WE HAVE A NIGERIA WITH ONE PEOPLE?, YES WE CAN,WE'VE DONE IT BEFORE, LET;S NOT TRY,LET;s DO IT

RESPECT T AND HONOUR THE PAST HEROES TO BUILD MORE HEROISM IN THOSE COMING

YES.

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