Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to open up a formal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
Fani-Kayode made the call in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday while reacting to the series of activities that occurred to commemorate Democracy Day on Saturday (June 12).
Abiola, who was the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 1993 presidential election, died in controversial circumstances on July 7, 1998, the day he was due to be released from prison after being incarcerated for four years.
Speaking on the circumstances of the late Bashorun’s death, Fani-Kayode alleged that Susan Rice, the then US Under-Secretary of State for Africa, killed the politician in prison by serving him poisoned tea.
According to Fani-Kayode, Rice, who is the current Director of the US Domestic Policy Council, poisoned Abiola at the behest of General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), the then country’s military head of state.
The former minister lamented that the system is protecting those who allegedly killed Abiola, saying the late pillar of sports in Africa was a martyr of democracy.
He tweeted: “We are celebrating & immortalising MKO Abiola but we are not demanding for the unmasking, arrest & prosecution of those who murdered him. We know that Susan Rice, who was then @BillClinton‘s Under-Sec. of State for Africa& later @BarackObama‘s NSA served him the poisoned tea that killed him but this happened under the watch of Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar who was Head of State.
“Both he & his NSA, Gen. Abdullahi Mohammed, know more about the murder of Abiola& why ‘he had to go’ than anyone else& they probably approved, ordered& helped to effect it.
“Why is the system protecting them & why have they not been unmasked brought to justice? MKO was a hero & a martyr for democracy. Do we not have an obligation to bring his killers to justice? Must we always cover up and protect men with innocent blood on their hands?”
Fani-Kayode wondered why Nigerians are so lukewarm and not demanding that the purported killers of the late presidential candidate are not brought to justice, insisting that such people are not above the law.
He stated that if the killers of the late Abiola are not prosecuted, then justice has not been served irrespective of the massive celebrations across the country marking June 12 as Democracy Day.
“What is wrong with Nigerians as a people? Why are we so weak when it comes to demanding for justice for the voiceless & those that have been cut short? Why are we so comfortable with evil & bloodthirsty men who delight in shedding innocent blood? Why do we always celebrate such men & hold them above the law?
“We can celebrate Abiola as much as we like but as long as we fail to bring his killers to justice it means nothing. The fact that we have refused to do so is a reflection of our cowardice, hypocrisy & double standards.
“I hereby call on the Buhari administration to open a formal investigation into the murder of MKO Abiola &, no matter how highly placed, to prosecute & bring to justice ANYONE that was involved. I also call on them to ummask & prosecute those who murdered Gen. Sani Abacha,” Fani-Kayode tweeted.