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Would MKO Abiola Have Made A Good President?

No doubt MKO abiola was what many in his generation were not: A business mogul, a magnanimous philanthropist and a well meaning nigerian. He was also an ardent supporter of sports in Africa. an industrialist, a large employer of labour and a people's man.

So much has been said and unsaid about this great man. I believe he is one of the greatest Nigerians ever to live.

But the question is, considering his military connections and dealings, and the fact that he is a product of the "Nigerian factor" (contracts, ITT, oil blocks, et all) would MKO Abiola have made a difference as a Nigerian president had the elections not been annulled? Or would he have been a farce like the rest of them all?

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He would have been a disaster. No doubt he would have failed monumentally. The key issue here is lack of intelligence or capacity to take difficult decisions.This , on the other hand is one of Babangida's strong points.Abiola was the one who met with Abacha and gave him a list of those Yoruba people that he wanted in Abacha's cabinet. True or false? The gentlemen are still alive today and can testify to it.The same Abiola suddenly changed his mind one afternoon and declared himself president, no doubt , on the advise of some other Yoruba people.Why could he not decide what he wanted for himself in the first place? In prison, his son advised him to drop the matter and get back to his business.Some old men, some of who are still alive advised him to the contrary. He could not decide. Was he not preparing to leave the prison when Abdusalami came in, after suffering in the prison already? Some of us were not kids when these things were going on. Abiola would not have been a good president.

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We will never know!!!!!!

He stole money, He is a philanthropist (Robin hood).

We will never know. If he really stole money meant for the infrastructure that will benefit the people, then he's not the people's man. To be honest his dealings with military you guys are talking about doesn't really stain him the characters that he was dealing with is what matters. I don't know him so jah bless the dead!!!

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Not at all. He would have been a very terribly corrupt and clueless president.

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In Nigeria you are good until u occupy a public office.

So Abiola no matter what he did would've turned out a bad president.

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never know

but most likely no

still guarantee better than obj-yara mango

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MKO Abiola would have been a better President because he is a populist, He was a man that believed in people

Not arrogant bastards like OBJ.

I believe MKO would have been a better leader than Obasanjo for sure

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A saying say"IF U DONT HAVE ANYTN TO LIVE FOR,THEN,U SHOULD HAVE SOMETIN TO DIE FOR"

Even if he would have been the worse president Nigeria will have,this guy won the freest election in this country, European & other countries countries have had successful businessmen turned-president as their leaders & they are not doing bad.Abiola died for a cause i.e Democracy

@phemmy, People like u make comments only to increase ur poll counts, I gues if u were born during the June 12 struggle cuz every Nigerian have sympathy for the cause.So stop spoiling this guy afteral he's a dead man.

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I wonder how everybody seems to remember that song.

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can there be a "i don't know" option in the poll?

i mean i don't know if he would have made a good president but he had the potential to be one. he was already a rich businessman n didn't need to steal our money. plus he was civilian and civilian is always better than millitary.

so yes he would have been WAYYYY better than Abacha. that's for sure

i still remember his campaign song sef. mko action kingigbe abiola abiola progress. lol i was only 3 yrs and still remember some images from the commercial sef. i would have loved him to be president.

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What you should be asking, in case you didn't know is: was Abiola a good man?

When you can answer that, you can answer any questio about Abiola.

Somebody that studied the average Nigerian he'd impoverished so well that he didn't see need to even buy their votes with money. He used FOOD. Milk, Salt and Rice.

Only God can punish Abiola and anybody that is trying to sanctify him. Especially Tinubu.

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Is it Yara-Nothing sorry dua that is better or an average easterner that cannot even be trusted by you?

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a yoruba man cant make a gud presido, obj for instance

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Could you expanitate your reasons why he paid a higher price.

mind you musa yar adua has always been celeberated by the pwers that be. The conference center in Abuja named after him, every single year a gathering cum annual lecture is made in is honour with OBJ an Atiku always in attendance. Now Abiola isnt celeberated by the powers that be but celeberated by the masses . There must be a reason for this. Abiola hasnt never been recognised post humously by the federal govt but yaradua has .

I will really like you to expantiate on your reasons for the above statement.

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Abiola was a summary of Nigeria's problems. I remember complicacies in his not running for president when Shehu Musa Yar'Adua was running. Only to come in on a grand scale after he was disqualified. He was close to IBB and was in on the plan all along. IBB only turned on him when he was put under pressure by senior military officers.

After being cheated and banned by IBB, Abacha evntually made  Yar'Adua pay by mudering him in cold blood.

Alhaji Shehu Musa Yar'Adua has paid a higher price than Abiola will ever do.

But why isn't he as celebrated.

Just contributing a careful analysis !

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"All men eventually die, but some men never really lived" - William Wallace

Abiola, the Hero Lived before he died. The ungrateful Nigerians may express their evil heart

but some of us will forever uphold your great legacy. We will continue the fight that you did

not finish until your enemies are brought to book. IBB your greatest enemy and the greatest

enemy of our nation will be jailed. It may not happen now but it will surely happen. maybe in his old age,

he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Nigerians are so forgetful, they even want IBB to become president. A man that ordinarily should be rottening in jail

in any civilized society. Abiola the change that you died for will happen in this country and your death will not be in vain.

All your enemies including OBJ will die in shame, nemesis will catch up with them and their chiildren's children.

Some people don't understand the consequences of what they do. I pity their generation yet unborn

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MKO the legend !!! The president that never was!!! The lion of Gbagura with a heart full of kindness!!!

He is the 2nd greatest  Nigerian I ever met in my opinion. A man of intelligence in its highest form , with a memory of a computer hard drive. He was a great man indeed, his brain will have transfromed Nigeria with a high degree of professionalism.

No doubt he romanced with the army but can anyone tell any polotician of that generation that never did. The army were in power and no businessman will not be close to the pwers that be. I am not talking of the origin of his wealth as that is a different story.

The is No Nigerian and this is a fact no Nigerian living today that touched the lives of many how MKO did. There is no wealthy Nigerian today that attempted or attempt to spread wealth like MKO. In his words he said he wants to spread wealth like manure in Nigeria. This was a man that touched the lives of many home and abroad. Completely detribalised , touched the lives of christaians and muslims, igbo and hausas and got 90% of the votes of the entire Nigeria. Hope 93 it was but it was neer meant to be. Whatever sins he committed those 4 gruelsome years in solitary confinement is more than an atonement and expiation of those sins. He his and forever will be my hero!!!

This was a man that was told to renounce his mandate for freedom and he refused yet people still say he wanted to come and embezzle and not for the development of Nigeria. Of course his business will have also improved if he was president but his love for the people and principled stance should be acknowledged. No or very few Nigerarian politicians will do what he did with the mandate. Everyone around him betrayed him but he stuck to his principles and paid the supreme price.

"A life without a cause worth dying for is a life not worth living"

His brain, intelligence, sincerity and love of the common man will have made him a good president of the masses. None of our leaders give a poo about the common man and they are completely detached from the reality of the Nigerian brand of poverty.

MKO may the mercy of our Lord be on you !!!

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Abiola had all the money, he did not have to come and embezzle our money.

He just wanted to transform Nigeria and we all believed in him that was why we voted him.

Now the guy is dead, a lot of hypocritical words are now being thrown around.

Fear God Nigerians

He was a hero who died for what he believed in.

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If being successful in biz would translate to being a great president, then, i guess Bill gate needs to get ready to contest in 2011 for american presidency.

There is a place for every kinda leadership my guy, and like i said, Abiola is a great biz man, but i dont think he has what it takes to run Nigeria, he is a fraud too.

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Its so amazing how we could prefer people who have not managed anything of their own successfully to be

president ahead of those who have proven to be very successful in their private businesses

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I will like to know where you draw your conclusion from, that he would have been the best president Nigeria ever had.

I probably would have annulled the election too, cos neither of the 2 candidate has what it takes to run the nation.

there was no doubt about it that Abiola is a great biz man and i give him kudo for that, but as for him running Nigeria right, i so much doubt it.

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You response is a reflection of what a lot of people on this thread would have done.

So, I ask why castigate the dead hero that won the freest and fairest election ever to be

conducted in the history of the Nigerian nation.

He would have been the best thing that ever happened to us. God gave us that chance and we

missed it.

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I wasnt in Nigeria during the election and if i was, i probably would have not voted for him.

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Fhemmy, did you vote him or not?

Let me guess. u will say a NO

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It is hard to assume on what was never allowed to be.

Abiola has his own faults and there were some of his actions that scares me of his intentions.

Abiola will throw money in the air anyhow for people, and i think that is an abuse of the national currency.

Abiola is morally corrupt and such leaders will run us down cos of back side of a nice chick.

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If the man was that bad, why did you vote him. I'm sure 90% of people on this thread

who were eligible to vote then in 1993 voted him.

Nigerians will always be award winners in criticism

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What can I say about a dead man? well since he is not opportune to get there I can't predit what he can do, well all i know Is that MKO is a Good man in his life time but he is not perfect in his ways so we can not use that as a yardstick for his perfomace in a presidency trone. The principal thing is God direction that is that If he even have the Mind of God, which i can't say, because my people in Yoruba will say 'ojulamo a o mo nu' 'timutimu kegbin dasin nu' in other words we can only read a man through his face and what he is saying but we can never know what her has in mind.

well MKO is a good person but it is a pity that he does not get to the presidency post, it only God that knows WHY? so lets leave this issue and think about the living suituations.

The way it is difficult for us to know where he is now "Enternity of Hell[color=#990000][/color]", that is that way we ought to look at it, ut you can detarmin where he his now then I think you can answer the Question

Thanks

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No wahala @Kobogunje or what,  I dont even know what to say, cos if i say anything, i will turn to ur likes, then my post wont have basis,

what will u talk of Pastor Adeboye later, what will u talk of Yar - Adua later, what will u talk of Gani,

They are our leaders, work hard to reach that level and find how easy it is,

Jah Bless!

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He might have been good if installed after all the troubles of annulment but he would have been no better than others if there was no annulment.

He was however a great man who achieved a lot in his lifetime. He stood out among many others for his contributions to humanity. I'll always respect his philosophy and philantrophy which are the reasons he had so many supporters.

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i love MKO, his humility, his humour, his discipline and his numerous business breakthroughs. concerning ITT, he was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time and every Nigerian in that situation would have done exactly what he did or even worse. he would have made a good President considering the fact that he was a man who never forgot where he came from. he would have been a friend to the peasant. well he is now history and i think someday history would absolve him.

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MKO would have been one of the worse president that the nation has ever seen.

The guy has no idea what politics is all about, he lacks democratical mind, for someone that uses his mode of dressing to be campaigning on election day?

MKO would have slep with all the wives of the governors, senator and all the gils in University would have been in truble, a man that could sleep with the wife of a king and a friend of his.

The man that could spray money anyhow without regard for the currency of his nation.

He would have sold nija to the highest bidder.

Inshort, he has nothing to offer nigeria, lousy and morally bakrupt.

Was he a better candidate at that time, yes he was, but who said lesser devil is always better, devil na devil.

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Abiola! the original area father of Isale Eko (Lagosians) Look Abiola was a great man no doubt. But had Abiola Become the president of Nigeria, The guy would have become an emperor by now. I salute him because his struggle spoke for democracy and his death is the sacrifice for demoratic establishment in Nigeria that is why I support that June 12 should be made the Democracy Day in Nigeria. Abiola cannot! make a good President. Anarchy would be the result.

But 3 gboooosah(s) for this Icon!

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Tell them ooo,  some people are so paranoid and fragile that they can not stand someone criticizing their stance. GOSH!!!!

EXACTLY the way I feel about what happened June 12.

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MKO, may is gentle soul rest in peace.

I strongly believe that MKO would have been a good, dedicated, honest and people oriented leader if he was allowed to rule, Nigeria would have been better than what it is today.

He is indeed a great man, the only man that promised nigerians hope.

This man MKO need to be honour even in death, he should be given a state burial.

Dont say anything bad about him.

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Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola would have been the best president Nigeria ever had till date!!!

Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet the last Are-Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, however his works speak for him.

It takes a player to play the game and win it, he's a player, and he had a caring heart for Nigerians, that's why I ran for presidency.

You all expect pure white to be a ruler, an innocent guy like: patito?,  or okotie, or Gani (SAN), firstly, they cannot win, and if they win by mistake, I doubt if they can succeed.

But MKO was a player, with a heart, and I sincerely doubt if we can have someone like him again to help this country be where it should be!!

God help us, may he rest in Super perfect peace!

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What Dangote become is NOT directly from 1999.

Dantata gave him #500,000 (£250,000 in 1978/79) to start the business.

The family make sure "NO Government Policy affect his business".

The family is closer to any government in power.

Abacha's Son tried to start Rice Business and he failed evenin his father's regime.

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@Bankole01

If it is true that M.K.O financed many coups during the dark days of the Military

then, he must have done what he needed to do as a businessman to remain in

business.

Don't tell me you do not know the role DANGOTE is playing in the current polity.

Would DANGOTE had succeeded in becoming what he is today if he had not cont-

ributed to the success of "PEOPLE DESTROYING PEOPLE's" agenda that resulted

in the mass rigging of "1999 GENERAL ELECTION"?

Let us learn never to talk evil of the DEAD for, we will be with them ONE DAY!

My father said to me at a very tender age: "LANRE! Do not search for the faults

of others; do not have evil thoughts about anyone - Instead, look at your own

faults and try to put them in order. Above all, speak in a nice and humble way!

I doubt if this make any sense to you.

Remember, i mean no harm!

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This goes to all calling for dropping this issue:

Abiola may have died today but, I don't think there is anything bad/immoral talking about him. Some of us that were not old enough to understand or know what he had done before JUNE 12 can learn from his mistakes/achievements.

No matter how bad or good a man is, he must have critics and blind supporters, the fact that people are talking about all the SUPPOSED bad deeds of Abiola now doesn't mean they hate him.

But, I still feel that, the annulment of June 12 election was just like PAYBACK time.

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m.k.o abiola like numerous people have said on here was a philantrophist and a man with a great heart,i have met him before albit when i was young and been to his house many times,another thing many people didnt know about him was that other children grew up in his house and he was taking care of their educational e.t.c

in spite of all that he was no better than many nigerian businessmen/politician going by his antecedents,the diffrence was that he was smart enough to spread the money he got by questionable means and nigerians turned a blind eye to his many mis deeds,haing seen the before and after of obasanjo,and knowing the numerous connections abiola had with the millitary,politicians and how much he wanted to be president(reason why he got angry and left npn)i think he would have been doing same thing obasanjo was doing maybe a little bit better

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i dont think so, he would have been like the same old modafuckers!

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please talk about the living and not the dead.

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Noway, he would not have made a better president, that was why God had to come to our rescure.

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If you don't believe in him, why did you vote for him or are you among the ones that voted for Bashir Tofa?

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he might have , he might not have, unfortunately that's the piece of the puzzle we would never solve

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How dare anyone think mko would have been a good president what is the story line of ITT dont you think God almighty rescued nigerians from that national treasury looter.

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Ok,  Let me re-type then since that part seems to be the big issue for you. 

Are you willing to make the above claims for the following men when they are gone then??

1) Obasanjo

2) Babangida

and are you willing to accept that Abacha was  he was a philantropist and since he also had a supposedly humble beginning should not be heartless.

While we are at it, we might as well apply the same to men like Anini and Adedibu who are also dead and were of humble beginnings ( Lord knows how much this part matters)

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Are you willing to make the above claims for the following men when they are gone then??

1) Obasanjo

2) Babangida

and are you willing to accept that Abacha would have also made a good president (in some netherverse), he was a philantropist and since he also had a supposedly humble beginning should not be heartless.

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Please let the man rest in peace , though i wouldn't know if he would have made a good president , he was a philanthropist i heard--- but then someone that had a humble beginning like him  should not be heartless.

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I do not care what school he attended. But from your post on his life with the military and winning the June 12 election, I can only guess you read all this from books designed to give you one view versus actually living through Abiola era. I am sorry. June 12 was clear Abiola coming in as pal to Babangida. Friendship went sour and we ended up with the same old silly riots were we have Nigerians hacking at each other for no solid reason but tribalism/racism.

Way before then, Abiola had nothing but the milltary help he got that gave him access to millions of Nigeria's money which he embezzled and yet to be returned to date. He may be your hero but at least be bold enough to accept even his faults if you expect not to be seen as another mind-Molested drone or something.

Fact - Abiola was one of the many corrupt leaders we had. He is reason why Telecom is in state it is today in Nigeria

Fact - Even though he played philantropist, it does not in anyway absolve him of his past crimes against the nation

Fact - His relationship with Babangida was part of reason why we came close to an Abiola presidency

You can live in denial of this but anyone who actually lived through and remember Babangida's reign well would be open to admitting that Abiola was sort of his right hand man. I remember when Third Mainland bridge was finished, Abiola was one of those who congratulated the government for a good job.

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