Major Hamza Al-Mustapha is still enjoying his air of freedom after been incarcerated for almost 15 years as he revealed the reason behind the creation of Nasarawa State by the late General Sani Abacha junta, saying the persuasion of meeting the yearnings of the then people of lower Plateau state for development was the reason for its creation.
Al-Mustapha, who made this known yesterday when he paid a thank you visit to the people of Nasarawa State for their prayers and activism during his years behind bars, said he was impressed that 17 years on, Governor Umar Tanko Al-Makura is driving governance in a manner that actualizes the dream that propelled the struggle for the creation of the 5th generation state.
The former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late General Abacha said Al-Makura’s political philosophy which makes the common man feels like he is the governor himself, “Is the major reason that gave birth to the state in 1996”.
Al-Mustapha, who was in Lafia, the state capital with his wife and co-accused Lateef Shofolahan, as well as Mohammed Abacha, son of the former military leader, hailed the resolve of the people which led to the struggle that gave birth to the creation of the state.
He recalled that the relentless pursuit of the people’s agitations for a state led to the birth of Nasarawa on 1 October, 1996.
Receiving Al-Mustapha and members of his delegation, Gov. Al-Makura alongside some members of his cabinet including the SSG, Hajiya Zainab Abdulmumin, Engr. Wada Mohammed Yahaya, Barrister Abdullahi Mohammed and Dr. Abdullahi Idris, and General Asotan Umar (rtd), said Nasarawa people owe a perpetual debt of gratitude to the Abacha administration and will forever remain appreciative.