👤 By Adenike Lucas
Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, who served as Chief Security Officer, CSO to a former military dictator has expressed a wiliness to serve as President of Nigeria if it’s what people want.
The CSO to late General Sani Abacha, in an interactive session with the United Christian Leaders Eagle Eye Forum, made it known that he is not a “power tasty person,” but he said he’d honour a call to service from the people.
Although, Major Al-Mustapha launched the Green Party of Nigeria, GPN last year, he had previously said he was not vying for any political position in the country.
While discussing at the interactive session which took place in Kaduna on Wednesday, he said that position will only change if it is the will of the people.
“I am not going to announce myself contesting for a presidential seat, but if people say so that, is the wishes of the people,” Major Al-Mustapha said.
He adds: “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.”
The retired army personnel was said to be an influential staff within General Abacha’s camp and was highly feared by top military personnel.
But, he distanced himself from the corruption scandal that has constantly bewildered the 1993 military regime.
He noted that: “the fact that some of Nigerian leaders were corrupt does not mean that everyone that serves in government is a thief. Some of us can stand and challenge any institution or individual any day any time.”
He was also critical of the current fight against corruption, adding that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, led by a “corrupt” officer, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu was “like a small monkey.”
In his words, he said, the “EFCC came overnight with few equipment and personnel and started making the loudest noise; that is why I have likened it to a small monkey given a thread to arrest an elephant.
“The monkey is always busy looking for the elephant. It was given binoculars to look for an elephant that is so close to it, but it is busy arresting ants and abandoned the elephant that is busy destroying the animal kingdom. That is what is going on today.
“If you have to fight corruption in Nigeria, you have to tackle from multi-faceted angles, rather than this small structure called the EFCC that is not enough to fight corruption.
“It requires a bigger body that has the 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.”