My Father Is Greater Than Obasanji – MKO Abiola’s Daughter


Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Castello, daughter of the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, the undeclared winner of the 1993 presidential election has said her father is greater than former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Reacting to a recent statement by Obasanjo that Abiola made sacrifices that needed to be recognised by the nation, Hafsat said her father did not need the former president’s recognition, because “MKO was a greater man”.

“I feel that if he wanted to recognise MKO Abiola now, it’s good for him. But, MKO Abiola was always the greater man. And you cannot recognise somebody that is more than yourself. MKO Abiola did not require General Obasanjo to recognise him,” she said.

Speaking on Wednesday, at the Kudirat Abiola’s 18th anniversary, organised by the Campaign for Democracy, in collaboration with Women Arise and the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, Hafsat said linked her father’s greatness to his legacies, saying his dedication to the cause of the common man and a better Nigeria has immortalised him in the hearts of many.

She said the only recognition her her father needed was from the Nigerian masses and they saw his good heart that was why they rewarded him with the June 12 election, which was so free and fair that no Nigerian leader has been able to attain till date.

While addressing the audience at the Abiolas house during the commemoration of her mother who was killed on June 4, 18 years ago, Hasfat urged Nigerians to remain undivided by the country’s politicians whose goal is to separate the nation.

According to her, her late father had warned of Nigeria’s current dilemma over 20-years ago and now it is coming to pass.

Also at the event were the son of the late Kudirat Abiola, Abdul; NADECO chieftain Comrade Fred Agbeigbe; Comrade Mike Falola; Comrade Raji Rasheed; CD Treasurer Comrade Obatunde Adebayo; Comrade Godwin Akangbe; Comrade Ola Baolgun and members of diverse civil rights groups.


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