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Kudirat Abiola was the wife of Late MKO Abiola, the winner of the annulled June 12 election, and was also a pro-democracy campaigner.
Here are some facts about her.
1. She was born in 1951 in Zaria.
2. She attended Muslin Girls High School Ijebu-Ode and was the Head Prefect.
3. She didn’t attend university but used her brideprice to pay her sisters’ education.
4. She married MKO Abiola at the age of 18 and was the second of four wives.
5. She had seven children, 4 boys, and three girls.
6. She was a prime supporter of the educational programs of the Ansar-Ur-Deen movement in Nigeria.
7. She had a lot of businesses including a pharmaceutical company.
8. Her journey into limelight came to the fore after Abiola’s June 12 election was annulled. This led her to fight for her husband’s release and the restoration of his mandate.
9. In 1994, Kudirat was actively involved in moving and sustaining the oil workers’ twelve-week strike against the military.
10. She also joined esteemed nationalists like Chief Anthony Enahoro at the forefront when pro-democracy groups decided to march for freedom in Lagos in December 1995.
11. Sadly, her life came to an abrupt end on June 4, 1996 when armed men numbering about six opened fire on her car around 7-Up Depot/Bus Stop in Ikeja allegedly on the orders of the military government of the late Gen. Sani Abacha. She was rushed to the Highbrow Eko Hospital where she eventually died.
12. Prior to her death, there had been attempts on her life which she had complained about.
13. Her personal assistant, Lateef Shofolahan was alleged to have had a hand in her death although he and Hamza Al-Mustapha, Abacha’s CSO were freed on Friday, July 12, 2013 on the grounds that there was not enough evidence to prove them guilty.
14. Her assassination remains one of the unresolved top assassinations in Nigeria.