If our democracy collapses, it means my parents have died in vain, says Abiola’s son

The son of acclaimed winner of 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, Jamiu Abiola has proclaimed that if the country’s democracy collapses, it means his parents have died in vain. 

He was speaking at the launch of Kudirat Abiola Sabon Gari Peace Foundation established to promote the ideals of his late mother Kudirat at Congo Conference hotel in Zaria on Saturday. 

Explaining why the foundation was formed, Abiola who is the Chairman of the Foundation said, it was founded to work against the forces trying to bring Nigeria down. 

According to him, the creation of Nigeria by God was not a mistake and the country has gone too far as a united nation than to break up.

“I chose to float this foundation now, 25 years after my mother’s demise because of where we are now as a country. Where we are now as a country is very dangerous. 

“We have a democracy but we have fake news and so many things working towards destroying the country.

To this end, he noted, “it would mean that my parents, Alhaja Kudirat and Chief MKO Abiola have died in vain if Nigeria or its democracy collapses.

“So, the same way these forces are against the country, we also have to establish forces of our own to work for the country. We should get more forces positively than the negative forces.”

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“So, this is the time, because if things go wrong and democracy does not work, it means my father and my mother died for nothing. And there is no way I can let that happen.

“We are going to assist the government to look for solutions to the problems because we don’t want to benefit from the government, we want the government to benefit from us. So, we are encouraging people to join our course so that we can recover quickly.”

“This government has good intention, they want to do well, but they need us to participate. So, we are drawing the line to say we either move forward or backward, and I am sure Nigerians want to move forward.

“What we want to be doing next is that, we have a technical committee made up of professors, they would be looking at four issues that will change the negative situation in the country.

“We are going to be working from the grassroots, from community leaders, traditional and religious leaders and up like that. We are going to consult and find our solutions, we are not going to wait for anybody, we are going to come up with solution to our own problems, that is what we are doing. 

“We have foreign partners with whom we are working with for a peace curriculum that we are going to send to schools, so that people can learn about the importance of peace and coexistence. We are going to make sure that there is peace in Nigeria and people know the value of peace and unity.

“God that brought us together as a united country did not make mistake and we have even gone too far as a nation to break up. If there are challenges, we should address our challenges and move on, that is better for us than to disintegrate,” Abiola added.


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