Buhari’s Song of Praise on Abacha
Nigeria News takes a look at the recent praises on late Gen. Sani Abacha by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Some of my friends who reported security in the military era always describe the late dictator, late General Sani Abacha as a good man.
And when I asked them about what made Abacha a good man, your guess is as mine, “Abacha was very generous.”
“He was humble and accommodating”, some of my friends would say about Abacha. Abacha’s former Chief Security Officer, Col. Hamza Mustapha also testified to this. The dreaded Mustapha had described Abacha as one of the best human beings he had ever worked with.
But Abacha has also been described as a despot, a killer and one of the worst looters of public funds. His five years as Nigeria’s military head of state reduced the country and dented its image abroad.
Politicians were banished while many were killed. It was the period that Mrs Kudirat Abiola, wife of the late MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 election was murdered in a broad daylight at 7up Bus Stop, Ketu Area of Lagos.
It was during Abacha era that a member of the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, Chief Alfred Rilwan was killed. It was also the time that the car of late Pa Abraham Adesanya, the Afenifere leader was riddled with bullets from Abacha gunmen.
Those were tumultuous eras of military dictatorship. It was during this time that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was framed up with the allegation of a coup against Abacha government.
Obasanjo and his former lieutenant, Gen. Musa Yar’Adua were locked up by Abacha government. Unfortunately, Yar’Adua died in Abalaki Prison in the old Enugu State.
But Abacha was good to some Nigerians. He appointed his former boss Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund.
Buhari with the help of Abacha was able to do some good projects but refused to quit the government despite the high level of corruption. In spite of the killings, Buhari stayed in Abacha’s government and that is why I am not disappointed with the hopeless action of President Muhammadu Buhari to various killings across the country.
So when our president began to sing praises of Abacha about two days ago but made the loud noise against Obasanjo’s $16 billion power project, I began to doubt the integrity of Buhari.
I think we must ask Buhari if truly Abacha stole Nigeria’s money perhaps to judge his integrity. The president is daily fighting corruption with billions of dollars looted by Abacha being repatriated.
Yet, Buhari says Abacha is a good man. He said Abacha was not a thief. But Abacha looted Nigeria’s money, part of which Buhari’s government has not finished recovering.
One could infer from the love Buhari had for Abacha that Mr President would always look the other way if his closest ally stole.
When President Muhammadu Buhari develops a love for you, he closes his eyes to your shortcomings, including looting the treasury. A good example is Abacha. Buhari’s good man that stole Nigeria’s money.