By: Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The last seem not to have been heard of the stewardship of General Ishaya Bamaiyi, with Col. Ademola Lawal (rtd) describing him as trying to rewrite history.
Bamaiyi who served as Chief of Army Staff under the late dictator, Gen. Abacha, ruffle the honest nest, with the launch of his book ‘vindication of a General’ few days ago, where he made so many allegations, especially with happenings in the military.
In an interview,Col. Ademola Lawal who was forcefully retired from service, described Bamaiyi as a blatant liar, adding that he was the worst COAS in the nation’s history.
“Lt Gen Bamaiyi’s book especially with regards to the 1995 phantom coup, is a huge compilation of lies and half truth”he said.
“I was a victim of his clueless leadership of the army. An innocent Lt Col who just finished command of a battalion in ECOMOG and who was teaching in the senior division of staff college was arrested and detained for 10 months without charges and ended up getting compulsory retirement from services.
“Myself, Col Oloruntoba, Col Lawan Gwadabe, Col Ajayi, Bello Fadile, Col Oyewole a former Military Assistant to Gen Alani Akinrinade, Col Bamgbose, Navy Commander Omeiza. Col Femi Mepayida, were all thrown out of the service on allegations of plotting a fathom coup, the Yoruba amongst us were accused of being NADECO.
“Some majors led by Al-mustapha were in control of the Army, I was removed from the Army by the worst COAS Nigeria ever had. Under him the military was shooting people on the streets. The likes of Pa Abraham Adèsanya, Kudirat Abiola and Pa Rewane. Such characters like Bamaiyi should have no space in Nigeria’s public space. One of the worst products of an otherwise noble profession is Lt Gen Bamaiyi.
“Others were in the military intelligence doing his bidding, the DMI Saraki Muktar who brooked no such insubordination was removed and replaced with a pliant one Ibrahim Sabo and Al Mustapha and his cohorts had a field day.
“The chicken has come home to roost and must face justice in the court of the public because our judiciary set him free on account of legalese” he stressed.