Mother of two slain children blasts Obasanjo, Iyabo





From GODWIN TSA, Abuja


Wife of Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Dr. Abisola, yesterday accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his daughter, Iyabo, for their alleged hypocrisy over the death of her two children who were murdered some 10 years ago in Iyabo’s car.

Responding to issues raised in Iyabo’s letter to her father, Dr. Clark said she was shocked by the public mention of the tragedy by the former senator as none of them ever showed her love since the incident that has remained etched in her memory.  Senator Iyabo Obasanjo had written an open letter to her father during the exchange of correspondence between her father and President Goodluck Jonathan last year. She had accused her father of some alleged wrongdoings.

But in her five-page letter titled, “General Olusegun Obasanjo and his daughter, Iyabo Obasanjo’s hypocrisy over the death of my children”, Mrs. Clark gave a graphic account of the sordid incident with lamentations about how she was abandoned by the Obasanjos to grief over the death of her children; Adeife [10 years] and Akinola [14] who were killed in place of Iyabo.

The letter reads in part:

“A response to issues raised in Iyabo Obasanjo’s ’ letter to her father” My attention has recently been drawn to an open letter written by Iyabo Obasanjo to her father, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, following the former president’s letter to President Jonathan.

“My primary motive for writing this letter is due to the scant regard paid by Miss Iyabo Obasanjo in her recent open letter to her father to my children, Adeife and Akinola, innocent victims amongst others, who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives in the tragic incident of April 20, 2003.She referred to them very casually as children of an acquaintance and glossed over their identities. Her references to the lives lost and the suffering caused the families were cursory and inadequate at best, considering the impact the accident has had since then on all members of the families involved. Her actions and inactions since then would seem to indicate that she never truly appreciated the gravity of what happened that day.

“Iyabo, in the said letter, made copious references to an incident which has remained etched in my memory over this period of 10 years since my two children, one aged 10 (Adeife) and the other aged 14 (Akinola) were brutally murdered by gunmen in Iyabo Obasanjo’s car as we drove from their ancestral village, Igbogun, several kilometres before Ifo in Ogun State.

“Miss Iyabo Obasanjo had then invited me to a thanksgiving party ostensibly to be held in Igbogun, the Obasanjo’s ancestral village on April 20, 2003 heralding Chief Obasanjo’s victory at the 2003 presidential poll. Strangely enough, the ceremony as advertised, never took place. When we got there on that day, there were not many people present and even the principal celebrant, i.e. Chief Obasanjo himself, was conspicuously absent. It was after waiting in vain for a considerable length of time that Iyabo informed us that the celebrant had inexplicably bypassed Ibogun and had gone straight to his farm in Ota and thereafter suggested that we drive to Chief Obasanjo’s farm in Ota. We then left Ifo for Ota in broad day on that fateful day (20th of April, 2003) approximately one hour away from Ota, the dastardly incident occurred.

“At some point in the journey, Miss Iyabo Obasanjo had suggested that my children should join her car with her police orderly and an elderly member of Iyabo’s family who was travelling with her on that day and her driver, while Iyabo and I drove in the car of my friend who voluntarily came to pick me up to go to Igbogun, because my driver failed to show up on that day. We were approaching towards the outskirts of the town, while heading towards Ota Farm, when suddenly some gunmen presumably jumped out of the bush or from another car which had been trailing Iyabo’s car. I remember vividly that one of the gunmen was wearing a white ‘agbada’ with a tortoise on his chest, they held submachine guns in their hands and surrounded Iyabo’s car which was carrying my two children, Adeife and Akinola. Before we could grasp what was happening, they had opened an intensive gunfire on the car. Iyabo and I made every attempt to go back to save the children but the gunmen turned their guns on us. The summary of this story is that my two children, along with three other occupants of that car were brutally murdered on that nightmarish day.

“In concluding this letter, I hope and I pray that my intention in writing this letter is not regarded and given any political coloration as has been given other letters, as I even hesitated to pen my grief down, but I persisted after an intensive and passionate consideration of the sorrow caused me by the loss of those who were so dear to me. It is my considered opinion that this is shared by all those who share the memory of the tragic loss  of these innocent souls, whom I believe if they come across this letter wherever they are  will be contented and fulfilled that this was done in furtherance of their memory and the legacy of love they left behind”, Mrs. Clark wrote.

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