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MKO Abiola’s Daughter, Hafsat Costello Endorses Buhari, Thanks Jonathan For Efforts To Lead Nigeria

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MKO Abiola’s Daughter, Hafsat Costello Endorses Buhari, Thanks Jonathan For Efforts To Lead Nigeria

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March 27, 2015 – MKO Abiola’s Daughter, Hafsat Costello Endorses Buhari, Thanks Jonathan For Efforts To Lead Nigeria

Article by the daughter of late MKO Abiola.

Dear Nigerians,

Saturday is D-Day. It is a moment of joy that Nigeria has again been given an opportunity to stand on its feet. In this, I see clear evidence of God’s love for us. But we must now do our part. Let money not blind us to the task that is ours to do for the wealth that can be ours is far greater than any that our friends might offer us to induce our support for their candidate. Continue below…

Over the last few days I have had the opportunity to meet with the foreign minister of the Netherlands and later to speak to members of his staff. They sought my opinion on the rape of girls and women by Boko Haram. Is rape being used as a weapon of war as is the situation in Congo?, they wondered. What can be done to address this problem?, they asked. Perhaps it was wrong of me but I had already moved ahead of the particular challenges of abductions, poor education and healthcare, corruption, and other symptoms of failure in our society. I was already in the future where our country was being governed by a leader I could trust. A leader who spoke with a simple sincerity and integrity and had the will to match his words with actions. I looked at them and told them that Nigeria will soon be able to address its challenges because our actions in the coming days would place us under a leadership capable of tackling our problems from their roots, once and for all.

I trust in you, the people of Nigeria, because my father trusted you. I trust that in spite of all the money that has been given to some of our leaders over the last few weeks, in spite of all the lies some have been peddling, that you understand what is at stake for Nigeria. It is no less than the fate of 170 million people. Only sincere and effective leadership can secure our country and secure for us a tomorrow worthy of the sacrifices of our heroes, worthy of our ambitions for our children. I know that things are rough. I know that the incomes in most households cannot meet the burden of your needs and that some of you are sorely tempted to just take care of yourself and your nuclear family. But even if you individually are connected and can access the spoils being divided through the bankrupt system that has been used by Nigeria’s government, can that be said for all those you care about? Can that be said for the majority of Nigerians? By now we should understand that we will do best individually when we look out for everyone collectively.

In reaction to this letter, some will tell you that I am only being partisan but let me ask you if, since 1999, I have ever publicly endorsed a candidate? The truth is that my parents sacrificed everything, including their lives that Nigeria may work. It is not working and cannot so long as some hold the whole country to ransom. What our president must do is to transform a system, not simply replace the few benefiting from it with a different group of chosen few. A true transformation may mean that the few will not be as rich but the majority will no longer be poor. So let us take a stand so that Nigeria is no longer for sale. No one can buy what we will not sell at the market. When we refuse to sell our country to the highest bidder, we will also be protecting our legitimate aspirations to live in dignity, security and prosperity.

Today the world celebrates Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore for moving a small island country in Asia from third world to first. But imagine if the people of Singapore had never given him a chance to lead them. Would the world even know that the country existed today, talk less of recognising it as one of the world’s success stories? That is the task before you on Saturday. Everything depends on you.

One last message for President Jonathan. Thank you for your efforts to lead Nigeria. Should the results of the elections not favour you, please be aware that a smooth handover would still secure you a place among the giants of Nigeria. The curses that surround those that stood in the way of the peoples’ mandate on June 12 will never be yours should you lose and yet demonstrate the exemplary leadership that others failed to show then. Do not doubt that your name can yet be written in gold.

So in closing, to avoid any confusion, let me say clearly: in the 2015 presidential elections, I endorse General Muhammadu Buhari fully and without reservation. In 1993 my father promised Nigerians that if given the presidential mandate, our people would say farewell to poverty. We know that because the elections were annulled, he could not fulfil that promise. Sadly, that promise remains unfulfilled till today. It is my honest conviction based on a disinterested assessment that General Buhari is our best chance of seeing that promise fulfilled.

Thank you all for reading this.

Hasfat Abiola-Costello, daughter of Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the 1993 Nigerian presidential election, writes from Abeokuta.

20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. DDG Ayandokun

    March 27, 2015 at 4:48 AM

    True daughter of the soil, you SAI live longer than our father

  2. lgbo

    March 27, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    Mind you that.na that nothaners kill your fathar in 19993.are you telling us that you whant to cary powar give them back? how much Buhari pay you to be sabotuwar.

  3. lgbo

    March 27, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    Mind you that.na that nothaners kill your fathar in 1993.are you telling us that you whant to cary powar give them back? how much Buhari pay you to be sabotuwar.

    • seun

      March 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM

      ethnic bigot. Shame on you.

  4. mulikat

    March 27, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    forget about this norther thing,igbo says.we need the person that will take us out of darkness,corruption, no light,no security,kidnapping,robbers,youth no job and boko harm e.t.c,i dont care what part that person come from or religion,once he or she is naija.come to Germany, the Angela and our president both came from former Eastern part of the country,and no problem.

  5. key

    March 27, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Well spoken, indeed you are a true nigerians,we need somebody that can realy give us a true definition of corruption that which we find in Buhari/Osinbajo combination and not a nollywood president.

  6. Queen

    March 27, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    True talk dear

  7. Omachoko Josep[h

    March 27, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    @Key nollywood president indeed cum militia(OPC,Boko haram& Niger Delta militant) president. We are tired of this clueless and corrupt administration of GEJ. If God is still God, the will of Nigerians will prevail tomorrow.
    Gej/PDP can’t impose themselves on us. We are fed up with sixteen years evil rules. Sai Buhari/ Osinbajo! Sai APC!! Sai Chande!!!

  8. Omachoko Josep[h

    March 27, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    @Key nollywood president indeed cum militia(OPC,Boko haram& Niger Delta militant) president. We are tired of this clueless and corrupt administration of GEJ. If God is still God, the will of Nigerians will prevail tomorrow.
    Gej/PDP can’t impose themselves on us. We are fed up with sixteen years evil rules. Sai Buhari/ Osinbajo! Sai APC!! Sai Change!!!

  9. ramzy

    March 27, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    is really unfortunate that some igbo people fine it difficult to accept the average hausa person because of civil war. the question is where has our sentiments taken us so far. many countries that we started the race before them have all overtaken us including Ghana that we even had name for a class of bags as “Ghana must Go”. NIGERIA must and should be seen as WORKING. God help my country.

  10. tell_it_like_it_is

    March 27, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    You have spoken well. Jona has done his best, but his best isnt good enough and now he must go back to Otuoke. It is not by force. Tommorrow we give GMB a chance and the clock starts ticking. If after 4 years, we are not satisfied, we can kick him out. But for now, its GMB come May 29th!

  11. Lady J

    March 27, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Well said, Hafsat, but do u know that I never stopped wondering whether it was not a case of ‘the measure u give the measure u receive’ or ‘what u sow is what u reap’ that made late MKO (God rest his soul) lose the 1993 mandate?. I voted for him then, but I read from somewhere recently, that accusing fingers were pointed at MKO, Dantata etc as some of the civilians who financially supported Buhari’s military takeover from democratic Shagari govt in 1983. If the accusations were true, then the curses of June 12 has no hold. Curse causeless shall not alight.

  12. FX2

    March 27, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    No b her fada start corruption. Idiot

  13. hafsat

    March 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Nice speech namesake.60% of Nigerian are just after what will enter their pocket now, they don’t think of tomorrow. Money will come and go but your country will still be there and your family will still be producing. please my people keep tribe, money and religion aside, vote for the sake of your country. together we can make it work.

  14. ben

    March 27, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    l could not read through sorry. am ashamed of you because it is this same set of people that killed your father and many other people and are still killing…the kidnap of chibok girls is not GEJ but GMB to use it to sabotage GEJ government to use it win election against him..but l tell you…God will surprise GMB by still electing GEJ into power..he GMB has tried to lead Nigeria for about 4 times now yet it is not working out for him meaning leadership of Nigeria Government cannot be given to Him. leadership is not by force. though he was military head of state only by coup and that does not mean he must lead Nigeria under a democratic settings. it means him being a head of state by coup was by force. and thank God it is not the same by being elected by people.

  15. Ade

    March 27, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Is Sambo and Muazu not northerners?..Its clear that u ar voting thid clueless jona base on tribe not prformance..CHANGE

  16. Benjamin franklin

    March 27, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    You have spoken well and clearly care about the interests of Nigerians . Nigerians should please stop being myopic and ignorant . It’s not about ibo, Hausa or yoruba . It is about progress. Johnathan believes he has done well , that’s ok, but the majority of Nigerians don’t think so . You can’t force yourself on the people in a democratic system . Please step down gallantly when you lose Johnathan , Nigeria is bigger than you .

  17. Fresh

    March 27, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    God bless you. may the soul of your father rest in peace. change4real

  18. mobolanle

    March 27, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    God will bless you.may the soul of ur father rest in peace.change4real.Sai baba Buhari presdo by Gods grace Amen,Amin,Aameena.

  19. Omolade

    March 30, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Wow,what a great article from you and i pray may the peaceful soul of your late father assure this as you’ve written….#Nigerians are matured enough & tired of lies….

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