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When Nigeria Slept

October 19, 2012
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    During the questions and answers time for the visiting speaker, Dr. Segun Osoba, the renowned historian, scholar, and socialist raised his hand. He had some question for M.K.O. When the bearded Dr. Osoba took the floor, he pulled his beard as he held the microphone. Then he reeled out questions for M.K.O to answer. He demanded among other things M.K.O’s involvement and role in telecommunication contracts……..

    ……To some of us at the gathering Chief MKO Abiola was a raw meat ready to be devoured intellectually by Osoba and a group of leftists and socialist students including Femi Falana and Wale Olajire, now Ajao. Ajao rose to become the Education Editor of the Lagos based Vanguard newspaper. Femi Falana, now a frontline lawyer……….

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    There was chaos outside Oduduwa Hall. In the riotous atmosphere Chief S.M. Afolabi was spirited into his official car.

     

    Somehow, someone managed to remove his cap. No one could have been able to read the mind of the Deputy Governor as he sat at the back of the green Mercedes Benz 200 saloon car as it sped off towards the first gate of the University of Ife without his cap………

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    There was also Uzo Maxim Uzoatu, a drama student, now a journalist and poet who aroused my curiosity with his jokes.

     While he was returning from class one day, I asked him about Wole Soyinka,……

    ……………..It was edited by Mr. Idowu Odeyemi and had Dele Momodu who was secretary to Chief Omoboriowo was one of the writers. During the political imbroglio that engulfed Ondo State, the Omoboriowo group was targeted. Writers with the Premier Newspaper were hunted………………..

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    Unknown to Tunji that his parents were already homeless, he journeyed home with another friend, Adebola who worked with him at the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    Both of them were unaware that armed mobile policemen were in every corner of Akure. As soon as they entered the capital city, the police stopped them and thundered: “Na una go kill policemen! ‘………..

     

    submitted one afternoon in the office of Dele Giwa while

    he was writing his column – Parallax Snaps. As I walked out of his office I observed Chief Duro Onabule walking out of his own office along the corridor at the Concord press. I met Kole Omotosho walking out of his office at Ile-Ife one afternoon

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