Segun Dada: Open Letter To Major Al-Mustapha

Segun Dada: Open Letter To Major Al-Mustapha

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Dear Major,

Accept my (not necessarily heartfelt) Congratulations on your release from prison.

I know you are a very busy man with so much tours and visits and visitors thronging your home to pay homage/respects. So I will keep this letter as brief as possible.

Apart from the Hero’s welcome you received in Kano (which by the way had me mistaking you for some kind of persecuted human rights activist), I have also observed that you have been gallivanting around and struggling hard to be in the news at all times. I could also see that within few weeks of your release, you have embarked on more tours and visits than Fela(of blessed memory) and his entire Egypt ’80 band managed; a decade before his passing. Not to mention your recent fratenity with Asari Dokubo and Federick Fasheun.

My candid advice for you Major;

1. Stay out of the limelight for a while and stop with the courtesy calls. Rest, go for frequent medical check ups and catch up with your friends and family. In other words, TAKE A CHILL PILL.

2. Take time off to reflect on your past and your future. In as much as there is nothing you can do about your past, there is so much you can do about your future. For the next couple of years, avoid sectional or party politics and with all your strength, refuse any leadership role that anyone offers you.

3. Don’t get it twisted –You are not a hero (taaa!). You are not Mandela. Dwell on what the ones edging you on are saying at your own detriment. Again, Take a chill pill. Go back to whichever God it is you believe in and above all engage your conscience in a deep conversation.

4. Make your freedom count. How? Sit down. Write a book. Tell us what actually happened to Abiola. Help us shed light on all the post June 12 political abracadabra and manipulations. Help the entire nation understand these things. Maybe it will give the Abiola family the much needed closure. Maybe they will start the long walk to forgiving you for the things you did (but the courts said you didn’t)……. Just maybe. Maybe.

5. Write us another book. Help us understand the anatomy and the overall psychology of the Abacha administration just like Mallam Nasir El-rufai did with the Obasanjo Administration. Help us shed light on the darkest days of our existence as a country. Help us understand. Maybe in doing so, you get to make a quick buck or more.

These are the things you should be doing, Major. Not gallivanting around like you died on the cross of kirikiri for our sins and you came back to life from the dead. Not jumping around the country like a rockstar. Not adding salt to the injuries of the offsprings and families of the ones whose deaths you were said to have ordered.

A word is enough for the wise. Unless of course your freedom is part of a bigger political puzzle. In which case I have to wish you “goodluck”.

Yours (un)sincerely,

A Pissed off Nigerian youth.

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  1. Nice!
    I love the part of writing a book on what has happened in the ‘dark ages’ of this country. I love the chiling pills too + your candid truth. He should realiaze that his second chance is a privilege and not a right. He should press himself first before struggling to make the press.

    Nice one sir!

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