A former Secretary- General of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Chief Ayo Opadokun, has lampooned Major Hamza Al- Mustapha (retd), a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late Nigerian military dictator, Sani Abacha, for accusing Yoruba leaders of being bribed over the death of Chief MKO Abiola.
Opadokun accused Al-Mustapha of using the June 12 celebration to launch himself into reckoning. In an interview with armada, Opadokun described Abacha’s CSO as a liar.
According to Opadokun, “He (Al-Mustapha ) is a pathological liar and should be ignored. Al-Mustapha was an insolent, disloyal, disobedient, unruly and a very, very junior officer to his bosses and so, they couldn’t have allowed anyone close to him to remain in Aso Rock after his boss (Sani) Abacha died. So, to claim that he still has his boys who recorded proceedings of our meeting with Abdulsalami was a lie.”
Explaining the meeting that took place in Aso Rock, he said “It was a closed door meeting that was well guarded. Apart from the five NADECO leaders led by the late Senator Abraham Adesanya, Chief Bola Ige, Senator Francis Okpozo, Dr. Arthur Nwankwo and myself, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and his deputy, the late Mike Akhigbe, the record of the minutes was taken by the Principal Staff Officer to Abdulsalami, Major- General Leo Ajiborisha. So, who else was at that meeting? There was no way anyone could have recorded anything at that meeting especially given the fact that there were no telephones that can record then. Immediately after the meeting, we just proceeded to the airport. It was a lie by Al-Mustapha. He said the same thing in 2011 for which I castigated him and he recanted. He said we did not receive any money.”
Speaking further, he said: “He wants to continue to use June 12 celebration to launch himself into reckoning and make himself relevant. I will not give him that opportunity any longer. He will certainly hear from me. My lawyers will be on duty to do the needful in order to prevent the continuation of the occurrence of the libel and falsehood that he has alleged against me and other Yoruba leaders. He is playing divide and rule game for which they are known. In the story, he said he has great respect for me. I have never been part of those people who will criticise them in the open and go to prostrate for them in the night. If I had wanted to make billions, it is too cheap to become a billionaire in Nigeria. I don’t know of any other place where it is so cheap to become very rich.”