Abdulmumini Abiola, one of the children of late business mogul, MKO Abiola, says most of his siblings are going through a difficult period financially and hence his resolve to ameliorate their sufferings by resuscitating their late father’s businesses that allegedly left to waste by his siblings from the deceased’s first wife, Late Alhaja Simbiat Abiola, Kola, Deji and Agboola.
Abdulmumini whose mother, Late Kudirat Abiola was murdered in the wake of her husband’s struggle to claim his mandate in 1993 after he was acclaimed to have won the presidential election in an interview with Punch, revealed how his siblings from his mum were affected by her death regarding their father’s will.
“My mum (Kudirat Abiola) was killed during the 1993 struggle and due to the fact that she wasn’t alive, we did not get any money (from the will) for my mum’s legacy. So, the money that was prescribed to my mum, according to British law, if the person in question is not around, it doesn’t go to the children, and apparently, it’s null,” he told the paper.
Abdulmumini, who accused the family’s eldest son, Kola Abiola of playing God with their late father’s estate, alleging Kola of appropriating properties that their deceased father in his will says it should be sold and the proceeds shared, also lamented the financial states of most of his siblings while talking on his plans to put to good use some of their father’s abandoned properties.
He said, ” Yes, like the property he (MKO) was building in the Government Reserved Area, Ogun State. I have been approaching professionals to see if we can build some kind of hotel or some kind of resort. I know that was not my dad’s plan… Like Concord, I know that they have some tenants that are shipping companies — and this is another way of repurposing that property. Okay, we are not doing a newspaper anymore, but what is the property doing?
“…You start somewhere and that is what I’m trying to get across that we can’t continue the way we’ve been going. Things have not been easy for many of us, but it’s time that we started thinking about the bigger picture.”