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Father of Sentenced Terrorist Beckons on Nigeria, US Government For Pardon
My Son is Remorseful- Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's Father
Father of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has pleaded with the Nigerian the United States government to forgive his son for the terrorism charges against him.
Umar Abdulmutallab, father of culprit popularly known as ‘Underwear Bomber’, added that his son is now remorse.
This is coming almost nine years after his arrest and sentence to four life terms plus 50 years without parole in the United States in 2012.
Abdulmutallab, who was 23 at the time of his arrest, was convicted of attempting to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253, en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan, on December 25, 2009.
According to Daily Trust, Abdulmutallab’s father, who was represented by the chief executive officer of Jaiz Charity and Development Foundation, Imam Shuaib Abdullahi, made the appeal at an event where he was honoured with People’s Friendly Personality Award in Lagos by the Human Rights Monitor Agenda (HURMA).
Speaking on his behalf, Abdullahi said: “Each time I discussed with him, he tells me that Imam, ‘I have done my own as a Nigerian, I have been able to save the lives of over 270 people because if that bomb had exploded, we are talking of about 279 lives that would have been lost. He said he was fulfilled that he was able to save those lives.
“At the same time it is also a pain for him for one’s son to be incarcerated, given three life sentences concurrently. He said he wouldn’t know if it would be possible in his life time for him to see his son but if it is the wish of God that the son is not released and he lives this world, so be it.
“But deep down in him, he wants to see a situation where perhaps the powers that be can revisit the issue especially now that the son is very remorseful because almost going to 12 years or so, the son is kept in a solitary confinement where he doesn’t interact with any human being even to the point that if he is to be given food, it is through an automatic system that would provide the food.
“For a son who cannot even say whether it is morning, afternoon or night, you can really imagine the trauma it is going to be for the father.”