By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO â€” Alhaji Muhammad Abacha, eldest son of late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, weekend, formally declared his intention to join partisan politics and laid to rest several months of specula-tions.
Muhammad Sani Abacha, in an encounter with news-men in Kano, explained that he is going into politics to first understudy the situa-tion, pointing out that his findings will determine the likely areas of improvement. He, however, declined to reveal his choice party out of the numerous registered political parties in the country.
â€œWe are going in first to understudy the situation and we must be proud of what we have. If in the end there are areas for improvement we will certainly lend a helping hand,â€ Abacha explained.
Asked to comment on the situation in the country, he said, â€œNigeria is too big to be generalised.â€
Events leading to his decla-ration, weekend, was an outcome of a long term plan and strategy by the widow of the late General, Maryam to revive the name of her late husband who died in office in June 1998.
Hajia Maryam Abacha had, during her investiture by Fagge Sodangi a socio- cultural organisation at its 22nd anniversary in the ancient city of Kano,Â Â enjoined Kano people to treat her siblings as their true relations.
She pleaded with her kinsmen, reminding Kano people of their right to protect her children.
â€œMy children are your brothers and relations. Identify yourselves with them. Get close to them, protect them because we are one and same family,â€ she stressed.
Muhammad Abacha, who was detained briefly by Obasanjo’s administration in 1999, was granted uncondi-tional release and lived a quiet life during the eight years of Obasanjo’s administration.
Hajia Maryam Abacha, who attended the award ceremony with her eldest son, Alhaji Muhammad Abacha, thanked those who had identified with the family since the demise of General Sani Abacha.
Abachaâ€™s entry into politics is likely to change the political equation in Kano politics against the backdrop that the incumbent Governor is on the last lap of his eight years tenure as Governor.