OBITUARY: Faseun, the Yoruba nationalist who adopted Al-Mustapha as a son despite being jailed by Abacha


Call 10 persons separately and ask them this simple question: “The friend of your enemy is who?”. You’ll likely get the same response but if Fredrick Isotan Faseun were among those people, his own response would stand out. While most people see the friend of their enemy as their enemy, Faseun saw things in a different way and this could be seen in his relationship with Hamza Al-Mustapha, ex-chief security officer to Sani Abacha, former military dictator.

Although he was among those who Abacha sent to prison, Faseun maintained a cordial relationship with Al-Mustapha whom many believed actively partook in the atrocities that the infamous regime was known for. Al-Mustapha himself spent over 13 years in detention after the military handed over power but that is a story for another day.

Today is for Faseun, medical doctor, activist, politician, academic and the list goes on. He took…

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