Jamiu Abiola: Abiola Family Does Not Support Modupe Onitiri Abiola's Declaration of Yoruba Nation

Jamiu Abiola, son of MKO Abiola, denounces Yoruba Nation declaration by Modupe Onitiri Abiola, stating it goes against his father's beliefs in Nigeria's unity. The Abiola family's stance holds weight due to MKO's legacy as a democracy champion.

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Jamiu Abiola: Abiola Family Does Not Support Modupe Onitiri Abiola's Declaration of Yoruba Nation

Jamiu Abiola: Abiola Family Does Not Support Modupe Onitiri Abiola's Declaration of Yoruba Nation

Jamiu Abiola, the son of the late MKO Abiola, has stated that the Abiola family does not support Modupe Onitiri Abiola's recent declaration of a Yoruba Nation. In a statement released on April 21, 2024, Jamiu emphasized that his father, MKO Abiola, believed in Nigeria's unity and diversity, and that any attempt to divide the country would have devastated him.

Jamiu said, "My late father, MKO Abiola, sacrificed his life for a democratic mandate that he received from all Nigerians. He believed in the unity and diversity of this great nation, and the Abiola family cannot support the division of Nigeria in any way, as it goes against the beliefs and sacrifices of MKO Abiola."

He also expressed concern about Modupe Onitiri Abiola's actions, stating that she is using the Abiola name without the family's support. "While some family members have acted in ways that do not represent the family's values, the majority of the Abiolas are promoting the ideals that MKO Abiola stood for," Jamiu said.

Why this matters: The declaration of a Yoruba Nation by Modupe Onitiri Abiola has significant implications for Nigeria's unity and stability. The Abiola family's stance on this issue carries weight due to MKO Abiola's legacy as a champion of democracy and national unity.

Jamiu further noted that some family members have tried to distance themselves from the family's established authority, such as one family member running against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the 2023 elections, which he described as "unthinkable" given Tinubu's close relationship with MKO Abiola.

The Abiola family, according to Jamiu, is a law-abiding one and will allow the justice system to take its course regarding Modupe Onitiri Abiola's actions. However, they remain concerned about the implications of her declaration and its potential impact on Nigeria's unity, which MKO Abiola fought so hard to preserve.

Key Takeaways

  • Jamiu Abiola, MKO's son, says family doesn't support Yoruba Nation declaration.
  • MKO believed in Nigeria's unity, any division would have devastated him.
  • Modupe Onitiri Abiola's actions don't represent the family's values, says Jamiu.
  • Some family members have distanced themselves from the family's authority.
  • Abiolas will allow justice system to address Modupe's declaration and its impact.