As the clamour for the release of late General Sani Abacha’s former Chief Security Officer, Hamza Al Mustapha, gains prominence in some quarters, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Anthony Agbo, has thrown his weight behind the call, appealing to President Goodluck Jonathan to tamper justice with mercy.
Addressing newsmen Monday in Abakaliki, the senator noted that it was out place for the CSO to be the scapegoat for similar crimes committed by many others in the country, adding that the season of Christmas would remain ever green in the minds of Al Mustapha’s people if he was released within this period.
The senator, who represents Ebonyi North senatorial district in the National Assembly, described the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, as one whose administration was not different from the typical military dictatorship the country had ever witnessed.
He added that the era of late General Abacha should not be used as a yard stick to measure how long his CSO would remain incarcerated, even as those who committed similar crime were living their lives free and comfortable.
“I appeal to the President to release this man. Major Al Mustapha should not be the singular scapegoat for the dark spots of our country’s historical landscape when other people who played similar roles as he did are living in freedom and comfort.
“I call on President Jonathan to release Major Al Mustapha as a great Christmas gift to his family, relations, friends and well wishers.
“The isolation of the ills of General Sani Abacha era for interminable attention and punishment, from among the ills of similar military dictatorships in the history of our country raises a forest of question marks.
“To me, he was not a saint, but if other military Heads of State in Nigeria were not villain, then he was not one too. Abacha was not a Hitler and our country, Nigeria, should not be an interminable Nuremberg for this gentleman, Al Mustapha,” Senator Agbo said.