Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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Former Chief Security Officer to Abacha Willing to Join Presidential Race

Former Chief Security Officer, Hamza Al-Mustapha
Hamza Al-Mustapha
Former Chief Security Officer, Hamza Al-Mustapha
Hamza Al-Mustapha

 

Former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Hamza Al-Mustapha, says he is willing to join the presidential race if Nigerians want him to.  

The retired major spoke about this on Wednesday in Kaduna during an interview shortly after a meeting with United Christian Leaders Eagle Eye Forum.

“I am not going to announce myself contesting for a presidential seat, but if people say so that, is the wishes of the people. I am not a power tasty person, if I am, I would have lost my personality long before now, but when people gather to speak and the decision is by them, then it is a call to serve,” he said.  

 

He also called for the overhaul of the Police Act to strengthen policing at the local level in the country. Al-Mustapha particularly said local government councils must be allowed to work effectively, so as to tackle local challenges including security.

He gave the analogy of a small monkey given a thread to arrest an elephant, but abandoned it and is busy destroying the animal kingdom in describing the efforts of EFCC to fight corruption in the country. 

“If you have to fight corruption in Nigeria, you have to tackle it from multifaceted angles; the EFCC is not strong enough to fight corruption. It requires a bigger body that has the capacity of intelligence that can reach out to the international community to get our stolen funds stashed abroad and equally prosecute rather than relying on the regular Police to do that.”

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