- How Moshood Abiola Olawale passed away
- Summary of events before and after MKO’s demise
Graydon Carter believes that history is nothing if not a grand saga of squandered possibilities.
We must tell our tales bravely, thoughtfully, and with an eye toward applying the lessons discovered from prior exchanges.
In order to create fresh viewpoints and meticulously document the past, we must also consider the past.
A significant event in Nigeria’s history that took place on July 7 was covered by WITHIN NIGERIA.
Nigerian opposition leader Abiola died of heart attack.
On this day in 1998, July 7, Nigerian opposition leader Moshood Abiola Olawale passed away from what seemed to be a heart attack after becoming ill while speaking with a U.S. team.
MKO Abiola passed away at around 4 p.m., according to a statement issued by the federal administration.
It continued by stating that Chief Abiola became ill while attending a meeting with delegates from the United States and Nigeria.
The government announced that, with the approval of Abiola’s family, a “full post-mortem examination to ascertain the actual cause of death” would be carried out in the presence of Abiola’s medical staff.
Following his return from Nigeria last week, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that the new administration had decided to release political prisoners, including Abiola.
Abiola was imprisoned in 1994 on the orders of Gen. Sani Abacha, who was in charge of the military at the time. Abiola had declared himself president after generally considered to have won the elections the year before.