The death of popular Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan Moshood Kashimawo Abiola caused great pain for his family, followers and some members the political community.
His family was greatly touched by the sudden death of the man who was once their bread winner and the face of poverty alleviation amongst his clan and major ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Speaking of his father’s commitment towards the education of his children, Abiola’s son, Lekan said:
“My father spent a lot to send all of his children to school and that is why we have started doing things on our own without the family”.
Speaking in an interview with Vanguard, the fourth son of the late business mogul, Nigerian politician, and businessman, Lekan Abiola, recount the state which the family is and the devastating nature of the businesses their father left behind.
“Our father has died but he left lots of children and we should have done a better job in managing his legacy and the things that he left behind, the companies, the assets and other things. It is unfortunate. If he can come back to see what has happened after he died, he will not be a happy man”.
Abiola also spoke about disunity among his siblings who he felt should team up together to build up their father’s wealth.
“The foundation would be as a result of the fact that every other thing is working. There is no reason why the companies should not function if we had sat down together as a family instead of everybody going in their direction. I don’t know why we cannot have a monthly meeting to organise ourselves and revive our father’s companies. Up till now, we have not had a sit-down discussion on this matter and that is why things are the way they are. Our elder brothers are the ones to call for a meeting. I have never been allowed to play a role in the running of my father’s companies and at the end of the day, we are all going to be blamed. It has been a terrible situation but as a family, we don’t want to be seen fighting publicly and that is why we did not go to the court.”
Just like his father, Lekan Abiola is also a politician and contested under the flagship of All progressive Congress party, APC for Abeokuta North/Obafemi Owode/Odeda Federal Constituency.