BY ABDULSALAM MOHAMMED
KANO—The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, yesterday urged former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al Mustapha, to leave behind the experience of his long incarceration and forge ahead in peace.
Bayero, who hosted the former security goon in his palace, admonished the serving Major in the Nigerian Army to treat the fate that befell him as a clear act of God, adding that “such experience was a fulfillment of destiny”.
Bayero stated: “I want you to bear in mind that whatever happened to a man in the journey of life was predestined by Allah, therefore, your experience over the long incarceration was a fulfillment of destiny, and I urged you to leave it behind and forge ahead in peace.”
Al Mustapha was incarcerated for 15 years by Nigerian authorities over an alleged role in the killing of pro-democracy activist, Kudirat Abiola, before he was let off the hook by a competent court in July, though Lagos State government is still contesting the appeal court verdict at the Apex court.
Major Al Mustapha had stormed the emir’s palace in a convoy of over a hundred cars filled with sympathizers and well-wishers to pay homage to the monarch who had been indisposed over the last couple of months.
Fielding questions from newsmen after the brief but historic visit, Al Mustapha stated that his visit was purely a manifestation of father and child relationship.
Major Al Mustapha, who stressed that he was still a commissioned officer of the Nigerian Army, said “my stalled progress in the army is the direct consequence of the criminal case instituted against me in court and until it’s finally determined in court, I remain a major in the Army.”
He dismissed political linkage to his nationwide visit to distinguished Nigerians; revealing that “my major preoccupation now is to better the life of humanity through a credible non-governmental organisation.”