The 73 year-old Alhaji Mubashiru Abiola, the surviving younger brother of late businessman and politician, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, has been laid to rest.
He died around 9:30pm on Friday following failed battle with an illness that kept him indoors for over two months. His remains were interred beside those of two of his wives within the family house at Gaa Sabo in Lafenwa area of Abeokuta.
The deceased, fondly called Uncle Bashy, was the rallying point for the Abiola’s family since the death of his elder brother and presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election annulled by the General Ibrahim Babangida junta.
The Chief Imam of Gbagura, Prof. Kamaldeen Balogun, who conducted the Islamic funeral rite, said death was an inevitable fate that would befall every mortal. Balogun urged people to take cognisance of inevitability of death and live as if they would die the following day.
Grieving family members at the graveside included Engr. Rahmon Abiola, Lekan Abiola, Jamiu Abiola and MKO Abiola’s widow, Doyin.
Others dignitaries at the funeral were former Minister for Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Sarafa Isola; the General Manager, OGTV, Alhaji Ayinde Soaga; his elder brother, Yaya Soaga; Chief Taiwo Sobande, and a member of the House of Representatives, Mikahil Kazzim.
Before his death, Mubashiru used the occasion of the yearly June 12 memorial to lament neglect of the Abiola’s family by successive governments since the death of their breadwinner, MKO Abiola.