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The Presidential Candidate of Action Alliance, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (retd ) on Tuesday, said he has never stolen any public fund or the country’s wealth but instead he has protected them.
He disclosed this while responding to questions on Channels Television, monitored by PLATFORM TIMES.
“I don’t have money, I have never stolen N10. I challenged two governments; I challenged Abdulsalam Abubakar’s government, and I challenged (Olusegun) Obasanjo’s government. They searched.
“I was ransacked by bigger international investigative agencies (and the) police. My eyes and thumbprint were taken all around the whole world and they saw nothing. But rather than tell the whole world my clean record, they kept it aside.”
Al- Mustapha claimed that those who falsely accused him of murder, an attempted coup, drug trafficking and money laundering allegations did a “disservice” but he has pardoned them.
He also said that his opponents wanted to kill him through legal and illegal means because they wanted to inherit Abacha’s wealth after taking over power.
“Why did they want to kill me? It is simply because of what I know. I found myself in a situation where I refused to compromise Nigeria and that refusal has cost me.”
When asked how he is perceived now that he is running for Nigeria’s top job in 2023, he said, “I am not concerned; I’m a victim of perception or effect of propaganda overtime.
“I suffered from propaganda for a period of 15 years with torture trying to just give me a bad name, just for me not to survive.”
“In 2019, that was when we discovered that there were 18 attempts to kill me. As of 2013 when I came out, I was aware of 11 attempts,” he noted.
Al-Mustapha recountered his ordeal while in custody, saying it cost him psychologically traumatized but he has recovered. “In 15 years, a serving military officer being treated like an animal every day, in chains, hands, legs and neck. I was in solitary detention for five years, and two months. My parents were only allowed to see me only twice in 15 years,” he recounted.
On his plans for Nigerians in 2023, Al-Mustapha said he built himself while in prison and he is ready for service.
“I have been part of the government for decades and I know these problems. We created numerous things for Nigeria and records speak.
“My background speaks for itself in terms of building this country.”
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