Abiola’s daughter, Hafsat speaks on father’s autopsy report, Obasanjo’s failure to honour late politician


Daughter of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, M.K.O. Abiola, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, has faulted the autopsy conducted to disclose the circumstances surrounding her father’s death.

Describing the autopsy as inconclusive, Abiola-Costello insisted that the report failed to confirm that the late politician was killed in a controversial circumstance.

She said this in a chat with The Interview Magazine, while reacting to insinuations that Abiola’s death in detention was not from natural causes and if the family tried to verify the cause of death.

According to her, “An autopsy was conducted that did not find anything suspicious but considering the fact that not all poisons can be traced, I feel that their report is not conclusive.”

The late politician’s daughter also said she was still “mystified” by the fact that former President, Olusegun Obasanjo failed to honour Abiola like President Muhammadu Buhari recently did.

“I have always been mystified by General Obasanjo’s inability to honour my father as President Buhari has now done. It was not his finest moment but I must confess that I’m glad that if he didn’t want to honour my father, he wouldn’t do it.

“My father’s sacrifice was such that it should not be belittled by honour grudgingly accorded. The intervening years were painful for my family but listening to President Buhari’s speech on June 12 and hearing the sincerity behind his words was worth waiting 25 years,” she added.


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