4th August, 2011
Son of the late Chief Bola Ige, Muyiwa, eminent Yoruba leaders and others have slammed Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha over his statement that the late Ige and Pa Abraham Adesanya were some of the Yoruba leaders who were used to scuttle the late Moshood Abiolaâ€™s presidential mandate.
Muyiwa, a commissioner nominee in Osun State, described Al-Mustapha as insane to have made such a statement about his father, while he dismissed it with a wave of the hand.
In a short text message he sent to P.M.NEWS yesterday in reaction to Al-Mustaphaâ€™s allegations, Muyiwa said: â€œit is obvious that the guy is demented. He is barking up the wrong tree. Thirty years later, a hallucinating killer is seeking attention. He needs psychiatric attention. A man should not be allowed to attempt to rubbish the legacies of distinguished Nigerian statemen and revered Yoruba leaders that have gone to the great beyond
Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, dismissed Al-Mustaphaâ€™s allegations against Adesanya, saying the Adesanya he knew was an upright man.
â€œWhy is he saying this now that these people are dead? Judging from Adesanyaâ€™s life, I did not believe what Al-Mustapha is saying. Adesanya was a humble and simple man. Al-Mustapha should not be given credibility at all,â€ he said.
Mr. Yinka Odumakin, who was the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere during Adesanyaâ€™s time, described Al-Mustapha as a drowning man who is now trying to divert attention to something else.
He said since Abdulsalami Abubakar is still alive, the issue should be investigated, adding that Al-Mustapha should stop diverting attention and face the murder charge he had been accused of.
Former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe: said â€œletâ€™s wait for the conclusion of his evidence. One cannot conclude now until the final evidence had been given.â€
Also, Constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay stated that the implication of what Al-Mustapha is saying is too serious because the people involved were high calibre Yoruba leaders, saying that he would not comment until the final evidence was given.
Human rights activist, Bamidele Aturu described Al-Mustaphaâ€™s statement as unfortunate, saying that he should have made the allegations while they were still alive.
â€œHe is not serious; he should name those who are still alive to come and defend themselves. He is an serious person,â€ he added.
One of the Yoruba leaders, Ayo Opadokun said he did not believe what Al-Mustapha was saying but added that the statement was worrisome, especially as the actors were dead.
Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo, said he would not comment on the issue until the conclusion of evidence before the court but wondered why Al-Mustapha mentioned the names of people who were already dead.