The premises surrounding the annulment of June 12, presidential elections in 1993, has remained a mystery for quite sometime now to many Nigerians. It is therefore, this writer’s mission, intentions, to unmask this treachery committed against this people; a mission that depends on information resource capital availability, time/depth capital availability, as well. According to my sources [names withheld], The Babangida military regime lied and misinformed Nigerians about his role leading to this unforgettable crime—annulment of June 12 elections, 1993.
Looking up close, this is an intriguing exercise because it is believed that, a staggering estimated fifteen to twenty [15 to 20] million of the nations population went to the polls on this day to express their freedom to choose, as was, demonstrated by their democratic freedom to elect a president in the nation, through democratic means. The said elections were pronounced the freest and fairest by many Nigerians and foreign observers alike, in the nation’s checkered history. It was also declared the freest and fairest in the whole of Sub-Sahara Africa [SSA]. The electioneering mechanism or methodology deployed was known as option A4. Vote and your vote will be counted at the spot not later.
As the writer dive into the hypothesis and analysis of this whole drama, let’s remember that in other situations, some eyebrows were raised; some observers remarked that, evil begets evil and the evil that men do lives after them. To this group of observers or thinkers, the trio of Abiola, Obasanjo and Babangida are common criminals; they are birds of the same feathers that flocked together for over 30 years. Any wonder, why Babangida still walks Minna Streets unscattered, let alone walks Nigeria Streets and Cities with his looted wealth unabashed. It was reported that he is shamelessly planning to run for democratic elections in 2007, when statistical data in his folders shows annulments. Annulment which evidence now reveals he and his acolytes orchestrated with impunity for his usual self-aggrandizements—five billion dollars.
It is important to refresh our minds, review and make perhaps, re-assessment of lessons learned. First, from, International Telephone and Tele-communications [ITT], to NPN, to military coups, this grouping[s], particularly the duo of Abiola and Babangida, participated, looted, squandered and destroyed the local, regional, and national geopolitical space of this entity, called Nigeria. Their actions in the aforementioned time and space, was indeed, opportunistic, an unprogressive paradigm shifts. Remember, yes, for 30 years, Abiola, a military apologist, assisted under the military totalitarianism[s]—totalitarianists, led by Babangida and his cronies, who besieged the land for their selfish grandiose, impetuses. For many decades, they circumvented the law, the republic and raped her mercilessly. They raped her, through bogus contracts. Other circumventions indeed occurred: for example there exists, continuous bogus security vote that goes unaccounted for, by the present and past rulers, the rest is painfully history, they say. At ITT, it was gathered by my sources that ITT, an extension of U.S. Central intelligence Agency [CIA] the information bubble radar for Americans on Nigeria and other nations seeking security details or information about nations’ technical capacity, just in case, friend turns into enemy, and perhaps, if enemy of my enemy becomes my friend. This intelligence agency is fussed together vis-à-vis ITT. At ITT, Abiola served as its Vice-Chairman for Africa and the Middle-east.
ITT, whose contract was to seek, and provide, a workable effective telephone services for the country—Nigeria, for the communication well-being of its people; unabashedly, the aforementioned actors and their contractors, manipulated, twisted and duped the republic. Till date, one cannot point at any telephone installations, installed across the country and its villages. What ITT did in Nigeria with the Tele-communication project is mind boggling. Either that the ITT representatives and its collaborators pocketed the funds meant for building a reliable telecommunication gridlock for the benefit and well-being of this people, or that little or no telephone services were provided for Nigerians. The allocation’s long gone and forgotten. Other cases of similar elephant projects like Ajeokunta Steel Complex were billions were invested and more abound in multiple proportions across the country. Today, Nigerians have turned to wireless phone industry, all foreign made, while, it cannot even manufacture locally, nuts to maintain them, and will never muster such capacity under current fraudulent arrangement.
According to this insider, information has it that Abiola stepped on so many toes, however. At the then, National Party of Nigeria, [NPN] body, its big wigs, never trusted Abiola. Records show that Abiola, at a time, wanted to become NPN Chairman during the party convention in the 80s, hosted in Kano. Big power brokers in then NPN became uncomfortable with his intentions and maneuvered him off of it to his chagrin. As it were, flight meant to carry Abiola, to the convention was disabled for unknown reasons. At the middle of the night, Abiola having discovered this machination, chartered fleets of cars and drove his way to the Northern state of Kano. Before, he could get to the convention, his kinsman, Akinloye has been returned unopposed as NPN Party Chairman. Abiola decamped from NPN, thus increasing their suspicion surrounding him by his enemies. Their concerns were amongst other things:—fear that it will be an impossibility to muster the political will, influence or capacity to check Abiola’s exuberant political excesses. To this group, this includes handling dexterity of party policies and handling dexterity of wider national policies in an ethno-geopolitical landscape, Nigeria. In addition, it was gathered that Abiola was a CIA agent, its representative partly or strategic nexus, covering Africa and the Middle-east. There existence yet, another suspicion and other cleavages from the Northern caliphate, surrounding Abiola—this time, it is religion. The Caliph and NPN of Northern extraction sees Abiola as an opportunistic Muslim, thusly, an untrustworthy Muslim and would have nothing to do with such fellow.
By application, in Nigeria political space, from the Northern perspectives or worldviews, there is no separation of Church and State and/or separation of Muslimism and the State, to them, the two entities are intertwined. For example, buttressing this suspicion parallel on Abiola, are possible motivated orthodoxies. Let us draw or review estimable evidence at ITT establishment if you will. It was gathered that Abiola, staged, and acted criminally in the way he took over the chairmanship of ITT from his American boss. My source succinctly remarked that Abiola and his cronies’ dramatized this by upstaging and dethroning the Chairman at ITT. This was effectively executed by theatrically painting, photographing, blackmailing the American ITT chairman—as an eternal and unrepentant drunkard, who could not retrieve or collect American funds from the Nigerian government, even, after ITT Nigerian-operational vassal gridlock has completed its works, as assigned to her. Through this machination, Abiola was upgraded and appointed ITT chairman for Africa and the Middle-east. The larger pitfalls were not long exposed. Not sooner after he was appointed ITT chairman, Abiola, opted, demanded to work for the ITT establishment on commission basis rather than on salary pay-capped arrangement.
Abiola, now in the zone of leadership, a contract of a staggering 75 million, was upped by Abiola. Abiola now in the zone, zeroed in, by greedily adding zero  behind seventy-five  making it 750 million. He was not alone. This disposition and operation was effectively executed through collaborations of insiders who knew the ropes, mainly some discredited military officers-friends at the military establishments. He got away with a crime; making a whopping illegitimate millions for himself and his friends. Our information gathering radar shows that Babangida, Obasanjo, late Shehu Musa Yar’dua and others benefited from the ITT’s emissaries, commissions and, contracts. M.K.O. Abiola, became a multi-million over-night, engineered and fortified by strong military contacts. In the meantime, this is happening at time the entire nation watches its dying population waste away without basic amenities such as steady electricity, water, road or housing, learning facilities from primary school up to tertiary institutions, as the system systemically manufactured yet, anew, fraudulent millionaires and billionaires who cannot in all honesty account for the source of their wealth.
Today as we reflect on June 12 and the actors involved, let us remember also, that our record shows that Abiola and others in his category were made rich by discredited and opportunistic military cabal, through allocating them fraudulent and sometimes ghost contracts. In the same token, in all intents and purposes, the same discredited military friends of his, subsequently and albeit, the military cabal that made him rich, the same military turned around poisoned and killed him, when things were no longer at ease—fallen apart.
Conversely, during this spiral period, the region faced many challenges and new challenges with its attended constraints, including military activities within its surroundings, which ends up confronting its defenseless peoples and their neighbors. Markedly, during this time, inside Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] the centers could not hold either. Khaddaffi was funding Charles Taylor from Tripoli. Commotions and wars in Liberian brought her to the verge of collapse if not totally collapse, that defied all solutions. Liberian National Liberation Front, [LPLF] led Taylor at one end, and Yommie Johnson at another end, and other ‘mini rebel’ groups were widespread killings and maiming their peoples. All these rebel outfits were matching toward Monrovia seeking the head of Samuel Doe, almost simultaneously.
At this instance, Doe was believed to have contacted Babangida for technical assistance. Babangida promised heaven and earth that he will send in ECOMOG to restore order immediately and everything will be alright. In the meantime make no mistakes; there is no peace in the wholeness of thieves especially, when it comes to stolen public funds. Nigerian looters, believer it or not, will tell you that they live in fear every second of their life and will possibly die of hyper-tension and high-blood pressure.
Friends, five  billion dollars from Liberian treasury was at stake. Liberian tyrant, Samuel Doe, have looted the Liberian treasury worth more than five billion dollars. Some this Fund was donated by USIS and other development agencies abroad hoping to assist build Liberia and make life better for its peoples; but the reverse was the case, its pupported leadership had a hidden agenda in their hearts—mischievousness. In the meantime, regional criminals with their regional partners were desperately looking for a regional safe heaven to keep their windfall. Doe, contacted his big brother, Nigerian Field-Marshal, Babangida, for assistance. Initially, it was gathered that Babangida, refused taking the five billion dollars in—stating his position as a military leader but however, directed his wife, Miriam Babangida, to assist launder the funds into her financial multiple-networks.
Miriam Babangida, took the five  billion, and quickly contacted a long time family friend, Abiola family. Information has it that Simbiat Abiola who subsequently lodged the finances into her personal account in good faith was Miriam’s contact. Unfortunately, Simbiat went through undisclosed illness, succumbed to this illness and passed-away. The financial activities and records show that the financial documentations in respect to these financial transmissions or transactions, was discovered, indicates that it was willed, to Kola Wole Abiola.
Finally another opportunity came to the Babangidas. Miriam and Babangida came on condolence visit to the diseased family friend over the passing-away of Simbiat Abiola. With this opener of opportunity, it was gathered that Babangida mentioned the five  billion piece to M.K.O. Abiola. It was gathered that Abiola was outraged that money matters could be raised while he was bereaved, and going through the emotions and pains of his wife, Simbiat who passed away. Babangida and Miriam left for home to allow the dead rest in peace. Within the same space of weeks or months that year, the elections results, specifically presidential elections began to trickle in.
Statistical and numerical indicators indicate to the fact that, the first barge of results from 14 states with its computations indicates that Abiola was winning. Babangida, contacted yet again Abiola to release the five billion [five  billions dollars. Now remember, that the said five billion was Liberians, and did belong to neither Abiola nor Babangida. However, the two thieves fought over it. In the ensued conversation, Babangida indicated to Abiola that if the money wasn’t released, he will annul the entire elections. Abiola wanted to be President and wanted to keep the billions too. Greed! In a delusional effort, Abiola launched into intensive search and it was believed repeated made phone calls to Kola, in whose account the money was believed to have been deposited. Surprisingly to Abiola, Kola disappeared with the thin air. Kola, it was gathered, changed, intentionally refused to speak, pick-up calls or converse with the father.
Perhaps, someone could tell me about envy, suspicions and hate in polygamous family. Each family unit trying, attempting to out-do the other unit member and what not. It is important to note the debacle surrounding the June 12, elections, its fallouts, calculations and how far we have come today is for historians to document. For this and other unspoken reasons, the election was annulled, and the rest was history. This is pure affront and treachery against a whole nation, that a nation’s elections were annulled because of stolen money, stolen money that doesn’t belong to either of them. This was personified obviously in the corruption in the land, and, teaches us that selfish reasons, greed and power, can drag communities, nations, and friends into war, including fights over looted five billion dollars from Liberian and elsewhere.
Five Billion dollars/June 12 to be continued
Carlisle U.O. Umunnah
Is a New York Based Freelance Writer
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