Nigerian underwear bomber, who wanted to blow up US-bound flight, is remorseful – Father

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian youngster jailed for trying to detonate a bomb inside a US-bound airline, is remorseful now, his father said on Monday.

Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, a Nigerian billionaire businessman and Chairman of Jaiz Bank, Nigeria’s first Islamic bank, said in Lagos that the US authorities should revisit his son’s case, Daily Trust reported.

Represented by the CEO of Jaiz Charity and Development Foundation, Imam Shuaib Abdullahi, the convicted bomber’s father 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 fulfilling that he was able to save those lives,” Abdullahi quoted Mutallab’s father as saying.

He was speaking at an event organised by the Human Rights Monitor Agenda (HURMA), where he was honored with People’s Friendly Personality Award.

in February 2012, Mutallab was sentenced to life in prison without parole for trying to bomb a US-bound flight on Christmas Day 2009.

Abdulmutallab, then 25, pleaded guilty to attempting to blow up a commercial plane as a would-be suicide mission for al-Qaeda.

Abdullahi said: “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.”