Real Reason why MKO Abiola loves Women

MKO Abiola; The Enigma
Things had
changed. Nothing seemed right any more. Moshood had eagerly come to the United
for help but was disappointed that the American
government had not been able to offer him any. That had caught him off guard.
It was gradually becoming clear to him that he should never have expected so
much from the Americans because his
election results had not been officially declared nor had he been sworn in as
president of Nigeria.

Inside his son’s
apartment in Washington, DC, not
having much to do, Moshood read books and newspapers. And when he was not doing
that, he received phone calls from different people, wondering how they had
gotten his number. But one thing that he was not pleased about was that people,
despite his current travails, were still pressuring him for financial
assistance. Not because he did not want to help them, but because he felt that
they were being inconsiderate after what had just happened to him.
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Out of anger, he
complained to his son one day. “Before I
ran for office, they disturbed me. While I was running for office, they were
disturbing me, and even now that my enemies want to run me out of an office
that I have not even entered, they are still disturbing me. When will I be able
to rest?”
His phone rang
again. The caller greeted him, prayed for him then told him that he was ill and
needed financial aid for an operation. Moshood, who had been lying down on
his bed, sat up immediately and promised him his financial support, And once he
hung up, he placed another call to one of his staff in Nigeria and arranged
funds for the man. Moshood had never learned how to turn people down. He always
wanted to please them. Even when he knew that he was being exploited, he still
made up excuses to justify what he was doing. He would claim, for example, that
it was for a larger cause even though he knew that he was only yielding to a
powerful urge within him to be generous.
“Before I ran for office, they disturbed me. While I
was running for office, they were disturbing me, and even now that my enemies
want to run me out of an office that I have not even entered, they are still
disturbing me. When will I be able to rest?”
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Why MKO womanizes…
Many people
accused him of being a womanizer and from all indications they were right. But
most of them never realized that the fact that he was very charitable played an
important role in this aspect of his character. Women in need of his help threw
themselves at him to the extent that many of them, in order to meet him, were
reported to have borrowed money to buy first-class tickets on overseas flights
that they knew he would be on.
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From the United
Moshood went to the United
. His experience there was no different from the United
. The British government could not help him. He spent a longer
period of time in London. He was away from Nigeria for two months, during which
time an interim government had been formed after General Babangida had been
forced out of power, although he referred to his exit as “stepping aside”.
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Despite the
general’s interpretation of his exit from power, many people could read between
the lines and deduce that he had been “pushed
leading to the end of his eight-year rule. There has never been any
doubt that he was truly a master in the game of understanding people, but it
was his understanding of events and their impact that was clearly lacking. This
was what hindered him from accurately gauging the effect that the annulment of
the presidential election would have on his life. It had never crossed his mind
that an action like that would wipe away all his achievements in office, which
unfortunately for him was exactly what happened.
Late Sanni Abacha

underestimated Moshood Abiola. Why not? After all, Moshood never had access
to the weapons of the Nigerian army nor to the wealth of the Nigerian treasury.
But by doing that, the General was ignoring the fact that Moshood had enormous
goodwill, which was a force of its own. Once Moshood was cheated
openly, General Babangida did not only see his own reservoir of
goodwill vanish among ordinary Nigerians, he also saw it diminish in the army
itself which made it easy for top-ranking military personnel to reach a consensus
that it was time for him to leave power.
The general
wisely offered no resistance. He issued Decree 61 to pave the way for an
interim government to take over on the 26th of August 1993. He then
appointed Ernest Shonekan, a successful and relatively unknown business
executive from the same state as Moshood Abiola, as the head of the
interim government. The general also appointed all the new government’s
ministers, known then as secretaries, before quitting office. But the
appointment that raised eyebrows was that of General Abacha who,
despite being General Babangida’s chief of defense, was allowed to remain in
the interim government as its secretary of defense.
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Moshood followed these
developments from abroad. Expressing his view one day, he said, “They claim that I did not win any election
but yet they had to look for a man from my state to run their illegal interim
When asked about his impression of Shonekan, the new
Nigerian leader, Moshood laughed and said, “I
am sure you know the answer to that already. What impression would you have of
someone who wears clothes that the whole world knows were stolen from you and
given to him?”
(Excerpts from
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