Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha (rtd), the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late General Sani Abacha, is now a doctoral degree holder, courtesy of Esep-le Berger University in the Republic of Benin.
Al-Mustapha was conferred with Doctor of Humanities (Honorary Causa) during the institution’s convocation, penultimate Saturday. He was honoured together with five notable Nigerians, including the immediate past governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, former Kaduna governor, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, popular musician, Segun Akinlolu (Beautiful Nubia), chairman Bauchi State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Muhammed Gital, and Alhaji Jubril Muhammed.
About 700 graduands were churned out by the university at the ceremony held at Palais De Congress in Cotonou. No fewer than 2,000 guests, including top business leaders across Africa, attended the event. Some of the graduands were from West African countries.
For Al-Mustapha, it was an honour away from home. President and founder of the university, Prof Germain Ganlonon, who decorated Al-Mustapha with academic gown, said the institution selected Al-Mustapha for the honour because of his activities towards emancipating the downtrodden.
Al-Mustapha said the honour was a challenge for him to step up his humanitarian activities, saying: “Whatever anybody does, people are watching and they will reward individuals according to the service they render to lift humanity.”
He assured the university management of his commitment to building a working relationship between the school and the Nigerian Institute of Peace and Social Rehabilitation, which he founded. He advised the school authorities to make trust the bedrock of all their activities.