Let us remember that MKO was the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential elections annulled by the then Head of Military State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
Over the years, there have been suggestions that Obasanjo and some other influential Nigerians actively worked against Abiola’s rise as president.
However, speaking at the centenary celebrations for Baptist Boys High School (BBHS), Abeokuta, Ogun State on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, Obasanjo hinted that some forces worked against the rise of MKO.
While giving a lecture entitled “Eyin Ni Iwe Wa: You are our epistle”, at the event organized by the Old Boys Association of the BBHS, the former president said that “bad belle” did not allow Abeokuta to produce another president.
Legumes reports that Obasanjo along with the late MKO; late sage, Obafemi Awolowo; former judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Prince Ball Ajibola are products of the BBHS.
Awolowo was at the school in 1928; Ajibola graduated in 1955; Abiola was among the 1956 ensemble, while Obasanjo left the school in 1957.
Meanwhile, the retired general said that if it hadn’t been for the moral virtues and solid upbringing that BBHS gave him, he wouldn’t have become what he is today.
He said that apart from him, the BBHS would have produced another president in MKO mode but “bad belle” prevented him from doing so.
Obasanjo’s words: “Today, there are distinguished elders in all walks of life, i.e. private sector, academia, military and paramilitary, civil society, traditional government, etc. Such is the current president of the BBHS Former Boys Association, Prof. Kayode Oyesiku.
“I think I must not be too forgetful to leave out yours truly, the son of Obasanjo, a modest victorious general in the war and former military head of state and former president of Nigeria. Chief MKO Abiola, the first millionaire in Nigeria’s communication industry and the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, was in a class of his own.
“If it wasn’t for the bad Nigerian beauty, MKO Abiola would have been president and with me as president, we would have needed one more BBHS student to be president so we can permanently place him at BBHS after three times. And that’s a challenge for the new generation of old guys.”