WEALTH IN THE EYES OF ABIOLA

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“There are two reasons behind what people called my generosity. Firstly, I am a Muslim and generosity is enjoined on all believers by Islam. Secondly, I am also a realist. I happen to know that hoarding earthly wealth is meaningless in so far as a millionaire will not, when he dies be buried with his millions.”

“I prefer to share the little I have with those who have none at all in the belief that God, whose command I obey, will reward me in the next world. I can’t even hoard things for my children as many people do.”

“For one thing, how do I know that my children, when I die, will not spend all the wealth I have thus amassed through tight-fistedness within 24 hours! Such a thing has happened to many so-called rich men, hasn’t it? I believe that No one but God can make anyone rich. Selfishness often runs counter to true self interest”

—Chief MKO ABIOLA, the acclaimed winner of June 12 1993 Presidential Election in Nigeria. He died while in prison where he was held in detention by Late Gen. Sanni Abacha

(Source: Abiola’s Prison Note reproduced by TELL Magazine of June 21 1999)

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