Chief MKO Abiola’s children are not very happy with Kola Abiola about the manner he is running their late father’s estates. Abdulmumin Abiola opened up recently.
“I have no intention to demean Kola. The Abiola family is still one united family. But I don’t think apart from him other children of my dad are involved in the handling of the properties our father left behind. We are not involved in the decision-making of these properties. What I have been trying to do is to get my other siblings together to take decisions together concerning the property.”
“I believe that one brain cannot be compared to 30 brains. I have brothers and sisters all over the world who are doing great things. But my thinking is that we all need to sit down and see how we can keep alive the legacy our father left behind. I don’t believe in selling (our father’s properties). My idea is that everything should be shared equally. I want us to develop ideas on how to move forward based on what Abiola has left behind for us. What I am asking for is just a basic way of handling things.”
“My father is dead, but there are things everyone should know. True, Kola is the head of the family – he is the first son and he has responsibilities to shoulder. And these responsibilities go beyond his immediate family. I expected him to have taken up that mantle. We are like 30 boys. So, if he wants to be the head he could have delegated some of these responsibilities. His doing, everything concerning the properties will not augur well for anybody. It’s like the problem we have in Nigeria: the man in Abuja wants to control what’s going on in Mushin or what happens in Zamfara or Taraba State. That won’t work. What I would have expected to have happened was once I graduated from the university and returned to Nigeria and (Kola says), ‘Okay, Abdul, handle this.’”
“I have been to some farmlands; it’s all over the country like in Taraba and Kwara. These were large farms properly set up by our father. They are not just pieces of lands in the middle of nowhere. There are silos on them; they have tractors. Some of these farms were even well irrigated. So, all Kola has to do was just to continue with the formula that has already been working. But for some reasons – I don’t understand what those reasons were – he chose not to do something about the farms. Eighteen years later, all that had happened was that we missed an opportunity to grow.”
– Culled from The Punch