The factional leader of Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, in this interview with ADEOLA BALOGUN, questions the relationship between the founder of the organisation and the recently released chief security officer to the late Sanni Abacha, Major Hamza Al Mustapha
How do you feel about the court judgment that freed Major Hamza Al Mustapha?
With our experience with June 12, I am not happy with the judgment. Perhaps people have forgotten that it was not only Kudirat Abiola that died as a result of the struggle; what of people like Pa Alfred Rewane, Sola Omotehinwa? They were killed. Alex Ibru was shot and he didn’t really get off the effect of the shooting until he died. In the process also, Pa Abraham Adesanya was shot, even though he survived it. Later, the symbol of the struggle, Chief Moshood Abiola, died in mysterious circumstances. It was tragic enough that both husband and wife died in the struggle. The judge said that there was no enough evidence to link Al Mustapha with Kudirat’s murder; so the question remains: who killed Kudirat Abiola? She was gunned down in broad daylight and Sergeant Rogers confessed that he shot her but he got orders from above to shoot her. That was during the regime of General Sanni Abacha and don’t forget, Al Mustapha was a very powerful figure in the government. Supposing MKO died but his wife Kudirat survived, do you think his business empire would just perish like that? That is why it is so painful that the family was left empty handed without justice. I am sure that Chief Gani Fawehinmi would have filed a case immediately Al Mustapha was set free if he was still alive. Unfortunately, those who benefitted from June 12 apart from Dr. Fasehun kept quiet without condemning the judgment. I condemned the judgment immediately even though I don’t have any issue personally with Al Mustapha. I was made by June 12 and if not because of it, there wouldn’t be anything like Oodua Peoples Congress. The election was annulled in 1993 and OPC was formed in 1994. Fasehun was one of the beneficiaries of June 12. How many people knew about Fasehun as a figure in Yoruba before the annulment of the June 12 election?
But the OPC was there shepherding Al Mustapha about when he was discharged.
It’s not correct to say OPC was accompanying him about. It was Dr. Fasehun that you saw. Don’t forget, we have two different organisations under two different leaders. Fasehun runs his own organisation in Century Hotel while our own secretariat is at Palmgroove. Dr. Fasehun leads his own OPC while I Gani Adams, lead my own OPC and the two of us are not operating on the same principle. Normally OPC could have been one but the old man has never allowed it. Assuming I have not continued the struggle, Dr Fasehun would have sold it. What is he looking for? Mustapha said that he paid a visit to Prophet T B Joshua after he was released, did the prophet follow him to Kano? He said he visited some Yoruba leaders in Ibadan, did he mention their names? Why did Dr. Fasehun have to be there, even waving to the people? You cannot compare me with Dr. Fasehun by any standard. I have never done anything against the wishes of Yoruba race since we started this struggle in 1993. I have never compromised the interest of the race even when things were very rough. Even when Fasehun was in detention, I refused to compromise; a lot of people wanted to hijack OPC then but I did not. Then I was still in my late 20s with nothing whatsoever as earthly possession. Then, the only thing I had were just four pieces of clothing but I held on to the ideas of the struggle. It’s so unfortunate that Dr Fasehun is behaving the way he is doing now. What does he want? A medical doctor for that matter; he is one of the best doctors around, acupuncture expert. I don’t know why he suddenly turned himself to be Al Mustapha’s bodyguard. Is it because of material things that he wants to destroy the image of Yoruba race?
Read the complete interview HERE.