It was a beehive of activities on Monday June 12, 2017 as hundreds of gaily dressed dignitaries and journalists across varied media establishments in the country thronged the newly commissioned magnificent COSON House located on Oluwaleimu Street in Ikeja for the June 12 celebration. The celebration encompassed a lecture themed ‘June 12 and the Lessons of History’ which had journalist and Publisher of Ovation International Magazine, Bashorun Dele Momodu as Guest Speaker and the birthday celebration of TOPS first lady, the incredible singer, KASI, the June 12 Girl, born on June 12, 1993.
The event which began with a splendid cocktail on the posh red carpet laid out in front of COSON House witnessed the grand arrival of top figures such as the former chairman of NCC, Professor Egerton Uvieghara, Mr. Ken Calebs Olumese; Vice President Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Emeka Oparah; ,Bisi Olatilo, Ayo Animashaun, Mayor Akinpelu, Mr. Mike Effiong, Azuh Arinze, Mr. Tony Onyima, Dr Austin Izagbo, Cally Ikpe, Mr. Femi Akintunde Johnson; Agilent Wireless MD, Mr Lawrence Wilbert, Patrick Doyle, Bankole Sodipo; Activist Lawyer, Mr. Rockson Igelige, Alex Okoroji, 2 Baba Idibia, Princess Annie Inyang, Kenny Saint Best, King Wadada, Chris Mba, D’lyte, G-Wilz, Kul-GP and Chief MKO Abiola’s son, Ola Abiola among many others.
Speaking on the theme ‘June 12 and the Lessons of History’, the Ovation publisher revealed that Nigeria is run by a mafia comprising of a few men and that it was them and their Cappo Di Tutti Cappi ( Boss of all bosses) who decide who rules the country. Momodu went on to say that these men were not happy that Chief Abiola had won the elections without their support, and that was the genesis of the June 12 problem.
Dele Momodu described the late politician as a philanthropist to the core, noting that it was his dream to use Nigeria’s wealth to eliminate suffering in the country. He went on to site an example of how Chief MKO Abiola who was extremely passionate about the country donated N30 million to 30 Federal Universities in a day.
Momodu also recounted his last discussion on phone with Chief MKO Abiola, and how he and the Chief’s daughter had planned to issue a statement on July 7, 1998, the same day Chief Abiola passed on.
Concluding, he declared that he believes the time is right to document his June 12 story in a book. He appealed to all who had contact with Chief Abiola during his incarceration to please come out and air their version, as the June 12 story will not be complete without detailing the events that happened to Chief Abiola during his imprisonment. He received a standing ovation.