An ex-soldier who claims to have insider knowledge of workings in the corridors of power has accused former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar of masterminding the death of late businessman turned politician, Chief Moshood Abiola in 1998.
The former soldier, Abiodun Bolarinwa also accused some military officers of northern extraction of orchestrating the murder of the business mogul who is adjudged to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential election to ‘balance the situation’ after the death of General Sani Abacha.
Bolarinwa in a trending video of 3 minutes 34 seconds long also accused some prominent Yoruba leaders of receiving monetary gratification from the military government of Abubakar as compensation for the death of Abiola.
“(General) Abdulsalam knows what he did. He was aware of what he did. He and the others are killers who would spare nothing to ensure that their interests are protected.” He said.
To buttress his claim that Abiola was murdered, he called on General Abdulsalami to bring out the clothes that Abiola was wearing on the day of his murder, adding that a lot of cash was withdrawn from the vaults of the Central Bank of Nigeria to induce Yoruba leaders.
“I am urging the government to go back to records to ascertain the amount of money that was withdrawn from the CBN the day Abiola died. The withdrawal also took place the second day. We need to know what the money was used for.” Bolarinwa said.
The former soldier maintained that but for pressure from some officers and six prominent Yoruba leaders, former Military President Ibrahim Babangida wanted to hand over to Abiola after the June 12, 1993 election.
He listed officers such as Eddie Musa, Colonel Kure, Air Vice Marshal Dagash as well as General Ishaya Bamaiyi as officers who insisted that Abiola must die to ‘balance the equation’.
“They said that since Abacha has died, these officers said let’s kill Abiola too so that the equation would be balanced.” He said.