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Al-Mustapha Visits Asari Dokubo, Says He Chose Not to Assume Power

Leader of the Niger- Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Alhaji Mujahideen Asari-Dokubo, has appealed to Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to former Head of State, late General Sanni Abacha  to forgive his accusers and all those who wanted him dead.

Asari spoke on Sunday when the former CSO paid him a special visit to his Abuja residence .
Asari who was also former National President of Ijaw Youth Council, IYM, said that he was convinced that Al-Mustapha never killed late Mrs. Kudirat Abiola, a matter that necessitated Al-Mustapha's arrest and subsequent incarceration in the last 15 years.

He said: "For me as a person, I was very convinced that you were not part of what happened because I was very close to Kudirat and I was very close to the Lagos group that was responsible for the judicial manipulation that was going on. And I wrote those things and people said we were paid to write to write. People believe that anybody who says the truth or has a contrary opinion has been paid to do it."

The Niger-Delta who expressed appreciation to God for sparing the life of Al-Mustapha in prison  however urged him to forgive his enemies.
He said that what was important was that truth had finally prevailed.
"We just thank God that this is not a period for politics and making political statements but what is important is that truth has prevailed and the hypocrisy of those who wanted to sacrifice an innocent man to satisfy their perceived interest.

"As a brother, I will tell you to forgive all the people who have offended you over these years they have kept you there. Many be even if you were around, you would have died. In one way or another, they would have killed you if you have not been away but Allah who kept you alive this period of difficulty when it was quite easy to kill you didn't put it in their mind.

"For me, forgive them. It is when you forgive that you gain more benefits from Allah.
Responding, Al-Mustapha recalled his days of darkness, stressing that he was not found guilty of murdering late Mrs. Abiola.
"You know there were 10 panels I faced in five years. None of these panels found me guilty of anything. My offence was just one: Mrs Abiola's murder. All in all, I stayed for 5 years, 2 months in solitary detention."

The former CSO who said he chose not to assume power during the death of General Abacha regretted that some people cashed in on his humility and loyalty to the service of the country to punish him unjustly.
He stated that God used him to stabilize the country which was thrown into turmoil at the death of former Head of State.

"Ours is to serve, preserve the country and I did. If I had wanted, after the death of General Sanni Abacha, this country was to witness another thing. But in our character, ours is to serve the country and I did. No body fires one bullet the day General Abacha died. God gave me the courage. But there we're so many confusion, so many agitation at that time.

"But God used me to stabilize a course and it is the course that gave birth to this democracy. So, if I had not done so that time, we would have changed the course of history. But because we kept quiet, we were humble and committed to the country, people now turned it around."

It will be recalled that an Appeal Court in Lagos recently discharged and acquitted Major Al-Mustapha after 15 years of detention.

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