THE former intelligence and security officer to the former Nigeria’s military dictator, late Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, has said Nigeria deserved institutional revolution, through tolerance, understanding, statesmanship, knowledge, commitment and honesty to be united, irrespective of who or where we are.
Al-Mustapha stated this on Wednesday, in Abuja, at the second one-day Christian/Muslim interactive conference on peace, unity and justice.
He said “Indeed, Nigeria is sick; our problem as Nigerians is lack of mutual trust, lack of understanding and greed.
“I am a victim of propaganda. Some people believed I was to die, but I am back as a student back to the land. All associations, religious bodies and different non-governmental organisations from the North and South are calling us to teach and bring people together because of so many happenings. We would sacrifice in the name of God and for the common good of humanity and our country.
“I am a Muslim, but an Imam has been told to eulogise and spread a form of propaganda, a letter written for a statesman to the government of the day, alleging that I am to shoot 1000 Nigerians on the scale of religion.
“From the point of view of the Bible and the Quaran , it is very weighty, but the religious person took it upon himself because of naira.”
He stated that nobody should use religion again to kill people, but such a person gets protected by the money of the rich.
“We should tell our leaders the truth. When a leader is wrong, look into his eyes and tell him he is wrong,” he said.
Major Al-Mustapha pleaded with the convener of the forum to stretch out to every state.
“We should get people from Islam and Christianity across Nigeria, get traditional rulers to sit as observers, get those in power and leaders of security agencies to sit and then spread the outcome across the country.
“We must not promote suspicion; we must call on religious leaders who are qualified to listen to the truth, those matured enough to understand the truth.
Speaking at the event, the president if the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, said the meeting was to explore further ways for better relationship between Muslims and Christians.
“This means that our Muslim brothers will tell their Christian brothers offensive things they do or say and the Christian brothers will also tell our Muslim brothers things they do or say that they do not like, so as to iron out these differences. This is what I call progressive dialogue.
The CAN president stated that Muslims and Christians would surmount the obstacles in Nigeria’s path to peace, justice, unity and peace, before we are determined, courageous and consistent in our for the truth.”
Chairman of the Islamic Resource Centre, Muhammad Al-Amin, stated that there was a need to evolve a new class of political and social leadership by killing oligarchy.
He called on Muslims to cut population and redirect truth and their children and also evolve a new system of producing clergy to reduce extreme teachings.