The former Chief Security Officer to late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Hamza Al-Mustapha, has reacted to the controversial letter by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. In the now famous letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, Obasanjo claimed that Al-Mustapha was released from prison by President Jonathan to help the latter train assassins to eliminate opposition politicians.
While speaking to the Hausa Service of the Voice of America, VOA, on Wednesday, Mr. Al-Mustapha challenged the ex-president to a public debate on the raised allegations.
Mr. Al-Mustapha revealed that he was away in India receiving treatment for injuries he sustained while in detention when he heard of the allegations contained in the letter
“I read Obasanjo’s letter and subsequent comments by Nigerians, I would have responded immediately, but I was away in India receiving treatment,” he said.
He also said that despite his name not being mentioned in the letter, he was sure the former president was referring to him.
“If he has anything to say on me, he should mention me directly or even challenge me and not make allusions,” Mr. Al-Mustapha said.
Mr. Al-Mustapha swore that the allegation of being used to train assassins by President Jonathan is false.
He said he has always been coming to the aide of people from the north to be recruited into the military and para-military agencies; and would therefore never involve himself in anything that would hurt the region.
“Perhaps it is Obasanjo and his cronies that are planning what he was insinuating,” he added.
Al-Mustapha said he had forgiven all those who incarcerated when he was being tried for the murder of Kudirat Abiola, wife of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Kudirat Abiola. He was initially convicted for the murder by a Lagos High Court but was discharged and acquitted by the Court of Appeal.
He, however, added that such people, including Mr. Obasanjo failed to accept that fact and still harbour fears about him and what he knows about them.
“I urge everyone to pray for Obasanjo to accept my challenge for a public debate so that the truth will come out,” he said.
Mr. Al-Mustapha said he is focused on uniting the Nigerian people, especially the youth and the poor.
“From 1974 to the present, a lot of things are buried with all sorts of lies. But all would be revealed one day,” Mr. Al-Mustapha said.