Engineer Tunde Abiola, who is the secretary of the Abiola family of Abeokuta, Ogun State (South West Nigeria) is one of those who spoke on the suspension of the late Alhaji Mubashiru Abiola who died on Friday October 2nd, of 2015 and why the family took the step. Tunde Abiola widely known as Baba Agba is a United State of America trained Engineer. His interview and reaction to the claim by late Uncle Bashy that General Babangida is a “Pillar of the Family” two years ago is hereby re-produced by Asabeafrika. Enjoy the excerpts…
As the Secretary of the larger Abiola family, how do you react to the general submission made by your elder brother, Alhaji Mubashiru Abiola that IBB has been your pillar in the last twenty years?
It is not a surprise to me because we gathered that IBB often give our brother some money for compensation to launder his image and save him from all the bad things he has done to our family. We can’t romance IBB, he didn’t just kill our bread winner he equally killed the dream of Nigerians. And the Bashiru we are talking about, I was the one that introduced him to IBB. I did that on one condition. And the condition was that the family had three questions for IBB on why he did what he did to Abiola, that was why I took Bashy to Minna to ask those questions and when he failed to do so, I did. Being the secretary to the family, I had to ask him those questions and he refused to answer those questions.
“The Babangida I know can not feed his enemy. Babangida doesn’t have any plan to assist Abiola family. He is doing what he is doing to MKO Abiola family for a purpose. The purpose is known to only him. We have never received a kobo from Babangida to survive in this family”
Can you let us know those questions?
Number one, I asked him ‘why did you annul June 12?’ I couldn’t reveal the answer for that question then but now I can reveal the answer to that question. I couldn’t do that then because Obasanjo was on the throne. And I can say that was the only question he answered me out of the three I had for him. And because of the sensitivity of that question, I couldn’t say the answer out since then. I asked him, ‘why did you annul June 12?’ he told me and Allah is my witness, and he said to us, Allah that he believes, not on Maradonna level o, are you listening to me? He said to us that the people that annul June 12 are the one ruling now (Under Obasanjo’s reign) which is Obasanjo’s regime. I asked him, ‘who killed MKO?’ He said, ‘I don’t know’.
Lastly, ‘what is the relationship between you and Kola because we are hearing that he want to marry your daughter?’ he replied again ‘I don’t know. I don’t have anything to say about that’. That was his submissions to us then. So, when I read the news and heard that ‘Babangida is our pillar’, Babangida can never be a pillar to Abiola’s family because our stand can never change. We reason the same way Nigerian people are reasoning on Babangida’s issue. So, how can IBB be a pillar of Abiola family? Maybe, he is a pillar of MKO Abiola’s family, which is very known to people that Babangida as the prince of the Niger romances with several of MKO Abiola’s wives. He has access to children of same wives and does anything he likes with them. Not Kudirat’s children; Kudirat Abiola’s children has anything to do with IBB; they can never have anything to do with IBB because they know what IBB did to their mother and father. They made a comprehensive sacrifice.
“Several of them have been calling me, every year, they graduate from different discipline at different universities across the world and every thing is so open to everybody. MKO’s children are doing well. The ones that are not eating from Babangida are doing well”.
Is there any solution in sight since the larger family has now decided to de-robe Mr. Bashy Abiola as head of the family?
Before we talk about the unity of the family, we will need to tell the whole world our stand on Bashiru’s issue. We held a meeting which lasted till midnight (June 13th-14th) at my house in Lagos with large number of family members and our resolution is to demote Alhaji Bashiru as head of the family. Anybody should not reckon with him, the government should not grant appointment with him. If the Federal Government wants to seek an appointment with the family, they should see the larger family. Not MKO family or Abiola family alone. The two should be consulted. There should be representative from both parties before the meeting can be authoritative. And I want to make a categorical statement that Alhaji Bashiru can not be the head of the estate of late Chief MKO Abiola because Kola Abiola is the head of the MKO Abiola dynasty; Kola is our crown prince. Weather he is doing wrong or he is doing right, he is our blood. We must keep tolerating him until he gets on with maturity. And I am sure my nephew, Kola Abiola is not happy with Alhaji Bashiru’s accidental statement.
After the Minna meeting you had with Babangida, did he gave you any largesse to share among yourselves? I mean the family?
The Babangida I know can not feed his enemy. Babangida doesn’t have any plan to assist Abiola family. He is doing what he is doing to MKO Abiola family for a purpose. The purpose is known to only him. We have never received a kobo from Babangida to survive in this family. We the paternal family are the one that felt the pain of the death of MKO. The other family uses the situation as luxury. They collect money from all sorts of interests and announce that the money is for the larger family so that the amount will be hefty, if they ask individually, they may give them a token but when you say it is a collective demand, they will be given large money and they just sit on it and move on. So, we are the one feeling the pain.
Talking about a solution in sight, the family is so large and we have children at home and in Diaspora, how is it going to be easy for you to sue for peace?
It is a gradual process, we once had a golden opportunity but it was wasted on the platform of ego. We are a loving family, the children are doing well. Several of them have been calling me, every year, they graduate from different discipline at different universities across the world and every thing is so open to everybody. MKO’s children are doing well. The ones that are not eating from Babangida are doing well.
How many have been confirmed by the DNA test?
MKO has 77 children and I can say the DNA is not an authentic one. They did it to suit their own purpose and I was equally told that they did not even use MKO’s blood for the DNA. So the DNA is not authentic. It is fake. It was a malicious strategy to continue to stifle the freedom of the real will.