Al-Mustapha says he has learnt his lesson.
A few days after being freed by the Court of Appeal in Lagos, Hamza Al-Mustapha, the alleged killer of activist, Kudirat Abiola, has lamented that he has no house to go.
“After several attempts to kidnap members of my family and the children at their tender age while I was incarcerated in prison I have no home to go now after regaining my freedom,” said the former chief security officer to the late Head of State, Sani Abacha.
Mr. Al-Mustapha said this at the Government House in Kano over the weekend, during his visit to the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso,
The former soldier, who was very emotional during his speech, breaking down into tears at some point, told the Governor that his house had virtually become dilapidated during his absence.
He stated that he had learnt so many lessons in life, adding that those who chose to humiliate him and assassinate his character through the media have achieved their purpose. He, however, insisted that he has forgiven “everybody.”
Mr. Al-Mustapha disclosed that he had spent five solid years in solitary confinement and was only allowed to see his parents twice in the last fifteen years and for very brief visits. He added that he saw them separately and on different occasions- never at the same time; and both of them died while he was still in detention.
He clarified that he visited the pastor of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, T. B. Joshua, as a friend and that it was his second port of call after his release. He had stopped at the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, first.
On his military job, Mr. Al-Mustapha said the decree that established the military is very explicit and that the Court of Appeal’s verdict has made everything clear about that saying, the law and the verdict will come to bear.
He thanked Mr. Kwankwaso for the support he had been rendering to him and his family and also for his role in securing his freedom. He promised that the lessons he learnt in the last fifteen years and the freedom he is now enjoying will be put to good use and for the betterment of the country.
The future is what matters most, he said.
Responding, Mr. Kwankwaso thanked God for bringing one of the sons of Kano back home after fifteen years in detention. He stated that there are so many lessons to learn from the travails of Mr. Al-Mustapha by him and all Nigerians.
“Sometimes, there are things which seem bitter in their physical form that many would want to run away from but to God they are important to whoever they befell,” Mr. Kwankwaso said.
The chairman of the Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, Fredrick Fasehun, who was present at the visit, said that as a human being, he felt touched when he found out that all the allegations levelled against Mr. Al-Mustapha were concocted.
“It is true that some people in this country are not happy with the release of Al-Mustapha but the fact is that Nigerians must come to the rescue of this country because one or the other injustice inflicted on someone might one day affect you in some way,” Mr. Fasehun said. “We must discard hostility and sentiments and come together to develop this country. All the country needs now is understanding of the citizens.”
He also thanked Mr. Kwankwaso for the good reception he accorded him and his entourage.
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