Forgive my son - Abdulmutallab's father begs US, Nigerian governments .
. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's father has begged the US government to reduce his son's sentence
- Abdulmutallab, who was 23 at the time of his arrest, was sentenced to life in prison for terrorism
- He was arrested after he attempted to bomb a US airplane on December 25, 2009
Umar Abdulmutallab, the father of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, popularly known as 'Underwear Bomber', has urged the Nigerian government and the government of the United States to forgive his son for the 2009 terrorism charges.
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 Christmas Day, 2009. .
On February 16, 2012, he was sentenced to 4 life terms plus 50 years without parole in the United States.
Almost 9 years after his arrest, his father is now calling on the government to pardon his son.
Daily Trust reports that Abdulmutallab's father, 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).
Abdullahi, who spoke on his behalf, 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.
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