To MKO’s firstborn, Mrs. Lola Abiola-Edewor, her father’s spirit need not find rest until what he died for is given adequate recognition. So, she confessed that on the day of his death, she prayed he should not rest in peace!
Abiola-Edewor, who spoke at the MKO Abiola 20th remembrance organised by family members and associates in Lagos over the weekend, said “The day my father died, I did not pray that he should rest in peace. I said he could not rest because he was cheated. I said he could not rest until they did right by him. On the day the Federal Government honoured him, I knelt down and said, ‘Daddy, you can rest now because they have done that which is right by you.’
“Short of helping us wake him up, this is the next best thing. We thank everyone who God placed it upon their hearts to honour my dad.
“I thank God that they did not let his death be in vain. At least, when our children hear of June 12, they will know that their great-grandfather did something great in Nigeria.”
The giants of June 12 struggle and actualisation gathered at the residence of the acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 Presidential Election, Chief MKO Abiola, to honour his memory, 20 years after his death in detention.
Abiola died on July 7, 1998 in the presence of some world leaders.
Present at the event were Hajia Bola Shagaya, Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu, Chief Olisa Agbakoba, Comrade Ayodele Adewale and many others.
See photos from the memorial below: