- Hasfat Costello, late MKO Abiola's daughter has said that most of her father's supposed allies who forgot his family have started showing belated care and concern
- Costello said that after 25 years of being abandoned, her father's family has been remembered with President Muhammadu Buhari's declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day
- She expressed her gratitude to the president for recognising her father and honour his efforts which were directed towards the achievement of democracy
Hafsat Costello, the daughter of late MKO Abiola, have given some revelations of what transpired in her family during and after her father's life time. Costello made some touching comments bordering on betrayal and treachery demonstrated by most of Abiola's supposed allies.
She made the revelations and comments on Monday, June 11, at Abuja during an event organised by former Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole in honour of late human rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi and Abiola, Vanguard reports.
In her speech, Costello revealed to the audience how some of those who were regarded as her father's acquaintances turned their backs on her family during the June 12 crisis.
However, Costello said that the same traitors remembered them 25 years later when President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 as Democracy Day and conferred a posthumous award of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic GCFR on her late father.
She said: “MKO had friends who seemed like friends but they disappeared when the problems started and only started calling us when this award thing came last week.
"The phones have been ringing, but 25 years is enough to know your friends. I want to thank Mr Femi Falana, Prof. Pat Utomi and a few others for standing by us in the past 25 years.”
Vaguely referring to former president Olusegun Obasanjo, the late democrat's daughter revealed how one of her father's beneficiaries who was one of those behind the claim that Abiola was not the nation's saviour played his way to become Nigeria's president, completely throwing Abiola's efforts toward achieving democracy for the country into oblivion.
She said: “There is another story. MKO had this classmate who he used to assist even to pay his fees in school but after June 12, he was the first person to say that MKO was not the Messiah.
"And he was president for eight years and couldn’t even mention MKO for once. He couldn’t honour him. We thank Buhari for this.
"He does things differently from the way the average Nigerian elite does things. If there is anything that means a lot to me, it is because MKO was true to the Nigerian people. If he had betrayed that mandate, he would have died a broken man and no amount of wealth would have made him happy.
“I have just being thinking about MKO. To have known him was to know greatness in the body of a Nigerian. MKO came from a very poor family. He used to be a singer, a drummer and boxer. People just gave him money not because this voice was good, but perhaps they just took pity on him, a destitute singer.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, in his speech at the award ceremony in honour of MKO Abiola and Gani Fawehinmi has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to stop admiring and displaying loyalty to former head of state, late General Sani Abacha.
The national event which took place at Abuja on Tuesday, June 12, was attended by many Nigerian dignitaries and political heroes.
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