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Our father wasn’t tortured, murdered for Hafsat to disgrace him for Yahaya Bello – MKO Abiola’s Daughter, Tundun



Broadcast journalist, Tundun Abiola, has berated her half-sister, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, for likening Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello to their late father, M.K.O Abiola.

Ms Abiola-Costello, had during a programme on Arise TV on Sunday, disclosed that the similarities between her father and Mr Bello encouraged her to take the job of the latter’s campaign manager.

However, her half-sister, did not find her statement funny, calling it inappropriate. She questioned why her sister would “throw their father under the bus” to score cheap political points for Mr Bello.

She said it was even more “unfortunate” that the late Abiola’s child would be involved in such political gimmicks.

She said, “Come out and talk about your principal, his antecedents, his plans for the future of Nigeria and leave daddy out of it. It is not her right, not her name.

“It is our name and it is also the name of future generations of Abiola yet unborn who should be proud of the legacy.”

She noted that half-sister’s comparison was a ridicule to the memory of their father, who was tortured before his death.

“My father was tortured because United Nations (UN) consider solitary confinement as torture. He was tortured and then murdered and has left this legacy only for it to be abused in this manner,” Ms Abiola said.

Ms Abiola warned politicians from using her father’s name for their campaigns, stressing that the “dishonesty and cynical exploitation” of the late Abiola’s struggles was “nauseating”.

Bello who had appointed Hafsat Abiola-Costello, one of late Abiola’s daughters, as the director-general of his presidential campaign organisation, declared his intention to run for president, over the weekend