Diaspora children live in a dual space- original home and Diaspora- and Nigerian Diaspora children are no exception. Children innocently search for consistencies and point to contradiction in actions of adults. So my daughter with a chuckle called my attention to what I had written about Nigerian heroes in the past ( See here and here). She then added: so in view of what I am reading Major Hamzat Al Mustapha would be added as a hero to us Nigerian children?
Unable to answer I thought I could divert with an unsolicited kindness. So I asked awkwardly “do you want more milk in your beverage?” But I failed. The questions kept coming and pointing at me because as a way of nurturing children, serious nations often model their lives after the thoughts and actions of their heroes.
Incidentally, our eldest child remembered faintly the circumstances of the exile from Nigeria of some Nigerian citizens during General Sani Abacha’s deadly, democrats hating and murdering military regime. Before their exit children and mother in this Lagos family were targeted by General Sani Abacha military dictatorship. Mom, was once held as a ransom to get dad. The dad of the house-Nigeria’s finest investigative and ethically sensitive journalist in contemporary Nigerian journalism- lived virtually underground trailed by the deadly gunners of Sani Abacha death squad headed by Major Hamzat Al Mustapha.
Nigerian citizens who witnessed the roles played by these news media (among others)-Tempo, The News, AM News and PM News in resisting the military dictatorships of Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha after their annulment of the June 12 1993 elections are living witnesses.
At a point the dad of the house missed death in his Lagos home by seconds courtesy of a raid by Sani Abacha’s men who came disguised. The Sanni Abacha merchants of death headed by Major Hamzat Al Mustapha missed my friend, but took his wife away as a ransom. Days later, huddled with the visiting family in our home in Ile Ife, Osun state, Nigeria, my eldest child remembered the last contact he had with the children of this family before their exit from their fatherland to begin a life of exile in the US. The Ile Ife visit itself was a decoy to throw off Sanni Abacha’s gunners. To calm family nerves it was however packaged as a normal family visit to our children in both families and homes.
Even when we hid the motive of the Ile Ife visit to the children, it is obvious we cannot hide the reason for their exile forever. In 2013 here in the US my son reminisced: so this is the henchman –Major Hamzat Al Mustapha- now called a hero-who with others implemented the killing script that led to the flight and exit of our Lagos childhood friends and cousins to exile.
As everyone looked askance at breakfast table, I asked again “you got milk? you want milk…”? Her scrutinizing eyes said yes. I was happy. I thought I “got” her and her innocent, penetrating, intensely quizzing eyes. As I gave milk, she came back stronger, and more intense. She continued: “So Papa Major Hamzat Al Mustapha will now belong to the group of Nigerian heroes you once wrote about, who you asked us to emulate for the good of Nigeria, Africa and the world. They are Balarabe Musa, Chike Obi, Ayodele Awojobi, Mahmud Tukur, Funmilayo Kuti, Bala Usman, Margaret Ekpo, Mogwuko Okoye, Tai Solarin, Pa Michael Imoudu, Wole Soyinka etc? (See here and here).
On hearing this, mom interjected with a jerk packed with sudden finality and a hidden strength I had always known she had and said “No way”. On my part, I had never felt that sick as I was being quizzed by the simple innocence of children, their searching eyes looking for coherence, consistency through their harmless but disarming questions.
Meanwhile, I was oblivious that my son the eldest with who I just arrived from Nigeria this 2013 summer already held a conference with the rest of the family. He said with a sudden and intense interjection “this is why I told you what I told all about our country when we arrived…”
Because I was not present, I later asked mom secretly and in a hushed tone, and in a conspiratorial manner: “what did that boy tell you people…” Mom said: “he is a bit upset about Nigerian rulers… we have to be careful… we seem caught in the middle… he related everything that happened at home…NGF, Rivers state, First lady Madam President, TB Joshua and Al Mustapha…we take them home they are upset with the so-called rulers… you do not take them home they lose the source of their original history, their source… yet our African proverb says the river that forgets its source dries up… we are in a dilemma… this Nigeria, this Diaspora…” Helpless, mom ended with a native Nigerian nuance “… I do not know ooo…” I became depressed. Diaspora. Source. Memory. Middle. Middle Passage. History. Hope. Home. Hopelessness.
Flustered, I had no clue on how to proceed. Hence in search of Major Hamza Al Mustapha’s “heroism” I started tracing the place(s) he first visited when he was judicially released few days ago. Immediately he came out of prison, Major Hamzat Al Mustapha went straight to TB Joshua a controversial cult “Christian” preacher.
Major Hamzat Al Mustapha is linked to General Sani Abacha. He took care of his security when General Sani Abacha as a head of state was reported to have died while in bed with Indian prostitute. True or false, Major Hamzat Al Mustapha – Fasehun and Kwankwaso’s hero and TB Joshua’s client must tell us what he knew about the death of General Sani Abacha with Indian prostitute right inside Aso Rock-the seat of the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This is our country. In countries that take their citizens seriously, the number of years it takes the nation to get to the root of an issue does not matter. What is important is the pursuit of truth regardless of the time it takes to get to the root of the matter. It is about honor. It is about dignity. So it is important for Major Hamzat Al Mustapha the “hero” to tell us what he knew about the visit of Indian prostitutes to the hallowed chamber of the seat of government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when he was the henchman at the Aso Rock gate.
Still following the path of our “hero”, the visit of our “hero” a “Muslim” to TB Joshua a shamanist cult “Christian” preacher is important for our nation. We know that TB Joshua, a shamanist is a counselor and patron to many popular African personalities including heads of state, artistes, athletes, judges, politicians etc. For example, he had strong influence on ex-Presidents Atta Mills of Ghana, Levy Mwanawasa Zambia. Both are called. All these are important especially for our nation’s judiciary whose easy extra judiciary practices are well known.
And though his relationship with TB Joshua is unconfirmed, we know that our President-Goodluck Jonathan- who is an Anglican-visits other churches and “miracle centers” like most Nigerian politicians. Furthermore, we know that TB Joshua claims to perform “miracles” especially with his Shamanic fingers. Nigerian politicians do take advantage of this. Rather than serve the people they govern as a condition to get re-elected Nigerian politicians do not do this. They love miracles and love to win miraculously. So given President Jonathan’s love to visit many churches and “miracle centers” in search of “miracles”, Nigerian citizens will like to know if he also visits TB Joshua the Shaman, the “miracle” worker. Messers Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe President Jonathan’s media men will be of help here.
Of relevance is that towards election politicians do form strange associations to prosecute their election. Some of the latest to help President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 are Northern Elders and Youth Forum, NEYF, Fresh Air Youth on Continuity and North/South New Nigeria Forum. Mr. Dauda Birma the leader of NEYF was a minister of education under the regime of General Sani Abacha.
Recently, Mr. Dauda Birma on behalf of his association paid a visit to the PDP secretariat. During this visit he said the PDP chairman Mr. Tukur and President Goodluck Jonathan facilitated the judicial release of Major Hamzat Al Mustapha. These are his words: “I know how much the chairman has been working hard to get Al-Mustapha released. I know that someone who has worked with a former head of state and was incarcerated for 15 years cannot be released by mere pronouncements of the judiciary without the concurrence of the executive,” (See PREMIUM TIMES, July 26, 2013).
Mr. Dauda Birma made this claim in front of the PDP chairman Mr. Tukur. Mr. Tukur did not stop or refute Dauda Birma. The presidency has not denied it. If Mr. Tukur did not on the spot deny what Dauda Birma said and if the presidency has not denied it, then the imprint of President Goodluck Jonathan re-election campaign in 2015 is written all over the judicial release of a murderer of democrats-Hamzat Al Mustapha.
President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime is full of strange paradoxes. On one hand he once claimed he wanted to honor MKO Abiola the bearer of contemporary Nigerian democracy by controversially naming University of Lagos after him. On the other hand Mr. Dauda Birma, said President Jonathan, his party Chairman, Mr. Tukur are surreptitiously linked to the judicial release of Major Hamzat Al Mustapha who has been accused of vicariously responsible for the murder of Mrs. Kudirat Abiola-the wife of the same Abiola Goodluck Jonathan claimed he wanted to honor! 2015 is surely our shamanic year!
So is Hamzat Al Mustapha directly or vicariously a member of TB Joshua’s “church”? Was General Sanni Abacha a client of TB Joshua? Did anyone liaise between Hamzat Al Mustapha and TB Joshua when he was in prison? What is the connection between Mr. Dauda Birma’s claim before the PDP chairman that President Jonathan and Mr. Turkur facilitated the judicial release of Hamzat Al Mustapha, the latter’s visit to the Shaman, TB Joshua and the role of the clown and pawn Frederick Fasehun? Did anyone stand in gap? Did anyone liaise between Major Hamzat Al Mustapha and the judges who judicially released him? In view of Dauda Birma, what does President Jonathan know about this? What does the nation’s security know about this? Are all these connected to 2015 elections?
As our nation waits, our environment is pregnant with foreboding meaning. Shamanism is ruling our land. We wait for the next Shamanic act. With a regime surrounded by shamanic forces and practices, this may be the gradual beginning of an end.
Adeolu Ademoyo email@example.com is of Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
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