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Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by hinal: 11:03pm On May 17, 2013
Even at the risk of banging our heads against a brick wall, we should not abandon the efforts to seek mercy for any fellow Nigerian, especially a man many considered to have been punished with vengeance. Francis Bacon, the famous English lawyer and statesman, said, “Revenge is a form of wild justice, which the law should seek to weed out.”
The seeming indifference by the so-called northern leaders to the fate of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the late General Sani Abacha’s Chief Security Officer, is incredible and disappointing. While the Niger Delta politicians were united in seeking the freedom of former militants, northern leaders are yet to demonstrate the same common concern to the fate of Major Al-Mustapha, who was sentenced to death after already spending 14 years while on trial. In fact, the Yoruba political and community leaders were also united for the freedom of former OPC activists – Dr Frederick Fashehun and Mr Ganiyu Adams. So were the Igbo leaders united behind the freedom of the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike.
Why is such unity absent among northern leaders? Is it true, as alleged by the deposed Emir of Gwandu, Al-Mustapha Haruna Jokolo that some northern leaders are behind the continuing travails of Al-Mustapha? According to Jokolo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo was initially determined to find a political solution to Major Al-Mustapha’s plight but some northern Generals and politicians frustrated the efforts. One cannot imagine any Niger Delta politician working against the freedom of former militants for whatever reason. To do so would have brought instant resentment and ostracism against him.
Unfortunately the reverse is the case in northern Nigeria where our leaders are more interested in what goes into their pockets rather than the interest of fellow northerners facing difficulties. It was never on record that our so-called Northern Governors’ Forum, senators and representatives even considered it necessary to make Al-Mustapha’s issue their priority. From day one, the Major’s trial was laden with politics and prejudice as there are political forces determined to see him dead.
Did Al-Mustapha commit a worse crime than the mass murders and kidnappings carried out in the name of militancy in the Niger Delta? Yet, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua had the magnanimity to find a political solution to an issue that bordered on treason. Former President Obasanjo didn’t have hesitation releasing the OPC leaders despite their involvement in genocide or ethnic cleansing. Therefore, why would President Jonathan have any difficulty finding a lasting solution to the travails of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha? Why must he succumb to the blackmail of subversive forces?
Former President Obasanjo himself was a beneficiary of state pardon by the General Abdulsalami Abubakar administration in 1998. Without that amnesty, Obasanjo would have not qualified to contest the presidential election of 1999.
Should President Jonathan succumb to this kind of blackmail? Despite the contradictions, discrepancies and recantations of prosecution witnesses, Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos High Court went ahead to sentence Major Al-Mustapha to death on January 30 this year. There is even the theory that she had no choice but to hand down this harsh verdict to save her neck from the anger of the former NADECO forces who have been relentlessly thirsting for Al-Mustapha’s blood.
Let us pause for a moment and ask whether vengeance is a matter of life and death for the advancement of any nation. For a man who has spent 14 years facing detention and trial within a trial, including allegation of plotting a coup d’état against the former Obasanjo administration, Al-Mustapha’s travails couldn’t have been worse. Fourteen years behind bars is enough punishment and should qualify the Major for state pardon. If other former detainees who committed graver crimes were considered fit for amnesty, there is no reason Al-Mustapha should not be accorded the same privilege.
The utter indifference of northern leaders is, however, largely to blame for the current travails of Major Al-Mustapha. Leaving this young army officer to his fate by our so-called northern leaders is a big shame. Without the active intervention of northern leaders, it is unlikely if President Jonathan would be concerned either about his situation. If you throw our own son to the wolves, the world will laugh at you. How do you expect President Jonathan to take decisive decision on this issue when northern leaders are indifferent to Al-Mustapha’s plight? Major Al-Mustapha’s pardon may go a long way to reduce political tension in the country. Whatever may be the benefits of vengeance, the virtue of mercy is by far greater.
—Abdulkadir sent in this piece from 61, Katsina Road, Kaduna
Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by AjanleKoko: 12:07am On May 18, 2013
Al-Mustapha?
That nicca still in da joint?

DAAAYUUUMMMM undecided angry sad
Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by TarryFour: 1:19am On May 18, 2013
This is a very silly comparison. There is no relationship between the activities of Major Al-Mustapha and
Dr Frederick Fashehun, Mr Ganiyu Adams or Chief Ralph Uwazuruike as to warrant any such comparison.

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Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by Bluetooth2: 1:24am On May 18, 2013
As far as Abdul Salam is alive,Al-mustapha will remain in Kirikiri.
Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by koruji(m): 2:28am On May 18, 2013
Instead of spending your time coming up with ideas on how to rescue your region and Nigeria from the cancer of Boko Haram that is gradually, but surely, consuming the north you are wasting time thinking about the travails of a known killer. The same kind of person that would perhaps lend hands to BH-type attacks were he free at this time.

Wonders shall never end - you people had better get your acts together.
Even if you get power in 2015, do you think BH will follow suit and calm down?
Boko Haram rose from the lack of sense by among the northern elite.
They lived in oblivion to the travails of kids begging on the street, no education, no skills. The northern elite was contended to receive "Sai Baba" from the almajiri as they dropp pitiance into bowls while they wine and dine in their fortresses and send their own kids to fabulous schools all around the world. If you do not understand it yet, those boys of yesterday are the ones after you today. Give your time to coming up with workable solutions - time is running out.

hinal: Even at the risk of banging our heads against a brick wall, we should not abandon the efforts to seek mercy for any fellow Nigerian, especially a man many considered to have been punished with vengeance. Francis Bacon, the famous English lawyer and statesman, said, “Revenge is a form of wild justice, which the law should seek to weed out.”
The seeming indifference by the so-called northern leaders to the fate of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the late General Sani Abacha’s Chief Security Officer, is incredible and disappointing. While the Niger Delta politicians were united in seeking the freedom of former militants, northern leaders are yet to demonstrate the same common concern to the fate of Major Al-Mustapha, who was sentenced to death after already spending 14 years while on trial. In fact, the Yoruba political and community leaders were also united for the freedom of former OPC activists – Dr Frederick Fashehun and Mr Ganiyu Adams. So were the Igbo leaders united behind the freedom of the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike.
Why is such unity absent among northern leaders? Is it true, as alleged by the deposed Emir of Gwandu, Al-Mustapha Haruna Jokolo that some northern leaders are behind the continuing travails of Al-Mustapha? According to Jokolo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo was initially determined to find a political solution to Major Al-Mustapha’s plight but some northern Generals and politicians frustrated the efforts. One cannot imagine any Niger Delta politician working against the freedom of former militants for whatever reason. To do so would have brought instant resentment and ostracism against him.
Unfortunately the reverse is the case in northern Nigeria where our leaders are more interested in what goes into their pockets rather than the interest of fellow northerners facing difficulties. It was never on record that our so-called Northern Governors’ Forum, senators and representatives even considered it necessary to make Al-Mustapha’s issue their priority. From day one, the Major’s trial was laden with politics and prejudice as there are political forces determined to see him dead.
Did Al-Mustapha commit a worse crime than the mass murders and kidnappings carried out in the name of militancy in the Niger Delta? Yet, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua had the magnanimity to find a political solution to an issue that bordered on treason. Former President Obasanjo didn’t have hesitation releasing the OPC leaders despite their involvement in genocide or ethnic cleansing. Therefore, why would President Jonathan have any difficulty finding a lasting solution to the travails of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha? Why must he succumb to the blackmail of subversive forces?
Former President Obasanjo himself was a beneficiary of state pardon by the General Abdulsalami Abubakar administration in 1998. Without that amnesty, Obasanjo would have not qualified to contest the presidential election of 1999.
Should President Jonathan succumb to this kind of blackmail? Despite the contradictions, discrepancies and recantations of prosecution witnesses, Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos High Court went ahead to sentence Major Al-Mustapha to death on January 30 this year. There is even the theory that she had no choice but to hand down this harsh verdict to save her neck from the anger of the former NADECO forces who have been relentlessly thirsting for Al-Mustapha’s blood.
Let us pause for a moment and ask whether vengeance is a matter of life and death for the advancement of any nation. For a man who has spent 14 years facing detention and trial within a trial, including allegation of plotting a coup d’état against the former Obasanjo administration, Al-Mustapha’s travails couldn’t have been worse. Fourteen years behind bars is enough punishment and should qualify the Major for state pardon. If other former detainees who committed graver crimes were considered fit for amnesty, there is no reason Al-Mustapha should not be accorded the same privilege.
The utter indifference of northern leaders is, however, largely to blame for the current travails of Major Al-Mustapha. Leaving this young army officer to his fate by our so-called northern leaders is a big shame. Without the active intervention of northern leaders, it is unlikely if President Jonathan would be concerned either about his situation. If you throw our own son to the wolves, the world will laugh at you. How do you expect President Jonathan to take decisive decision on this issue when northern leaders are indifferent to Al-Mustapha’s plight? Major Al-Mustapha’s pardon may go a long way to reduce political tension in the country. Whatever may be the benefits of vengeance, the virtue of mercy is by far greater.
—Abdulkadir sent in this piece from 61, Katsina Road, Kaduna

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Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by talktimi(m): 3:50am On May 18, 2013
Free Al-Mustapha NOW cool
Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by AbuMikey(m): 7:42am On May 18, 2013
Rubbish
Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by stebell(m): 10:45am On May 18, 2013
@ OP point of correction at no tym did we record any mass killings here in Niger Delta. Militants were after kidnapping for ransom, oil bunkering and pipeline sabotage to get de attn of de federal govt to "plight" as D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ say. Even tho wat D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ were doing was condemnable, it wasn't like wat de boko boys are doing up North. So pls don't turn tins up side down. As for de topic, well I believe he deserves to be pardon inrespective of de crime he commited. It's up to de federal govt to decide his fate dats all.
Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by overdrive(m): 12:07pm On May 18, 2013
Yes he deserves to b pardoned bt I guess he knows a lot of things(state secrets) that is why he is still being incarcerated.
Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by lacasa: 1:41pm On May 18, 2013
FREE Al-mustapha
Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by koruji(m): 2:03pm On May 18, 2013
His sentence is death. That is what he deserves. Death row inmates spend ages waiting to be executed.


overdrive: Yes he deserves to b pardoned bt I guess he knows a lot of things(state secrets) that is why he is still being incarcerated.

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Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by dulaman: 5:49pm On May 18, 2013
Is he related to Alaimeiyesagha?
Re: Presidential Pardon For Major Hamza Almustapha by byrron(m): 7:41pm On May 18, 2013
stebell: @ OP point of correction at no tym did we record any mass killings here in Niger Delta. Militants were after kidnapping for ransom, oil bunkering and pipeline sabotage to get de attn of de federal govt to "plight" as D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ say. Even tho wat D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ were doing was condemnable, it wasn't like wat de boko boys are doing up North. So pls don't turn tins up side down. As for de topic, well I believe he deserves to be pardon inrespective of de crime he commited. It's up to de federal govt to decide his fate dats all.



im confused here, hw will they pardon someone that has multiple cases and charges holding him up there with the justice system?
may be after he might have been convicted and done his term in jail and out then they can initiate the process of a pardon naa.

mustaphar is been dealt with by so many ex-generals whom he must have stepped on their toes when he was forming ALMIGHTY CSO to abacha then but they are using the ibrus assassination attempt and the murder of kudirat abiola as a shield.

mustaphar still has more 15yrs to spend as a tenant at either kirikiri or DMI cell were he is.

i want him to regain his freedom but waitin hold the guy for that place plenty, in fact if not for democracy the generals wld have executed him along time ago starting from abdulsalami abubarker, obj and the late president umaru musa yaradua self for finish the guy, remember he played a role in shehu yaradua's incarceration and eventual death.

the guy is seriously on a long thing.

may God help him.

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