Nigerians have attacked President Muhammadu Buhari over his praise of former military dictator, General Sani Abacha.
Buhari, while speaking at the villa on Tuesday, praised the late military dictator for his work in building infrastructure.
The president was playing host to the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), led by Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), when he said that regardless of what anyone thinks about Abacha, it must be remembered that subsequent civilian presidents spent billions on naira in infrastructure yet have had little to show for it.
In a comment that appeared directed at former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Buhari specifically noted: “You know the rail was killed and one of the former Heads of State between that time was bragging that he spent more than 15 billion American dollars not Naira on power. Where is the power? Where is the power?”
“And you know more than I do the condition of the roads and some of them were not repaired since PTF days. No matter what opinion you have about Abacha, I agreed to work with him and the PTF road we did from here to Port Harcourt, to Onitsha, to Benin and so on… On top of other things in the institution, education, medical care and so on.
“You know the rail was killed and one of the former Heads of State between that time was bragging that he spent more than $15billion, not naira, on power. Where is the power? Where is the power? And now we have to pay the debts and this year and last year’s budgets I took to the National Assembly were the highest in capital projects: more than N1.3trillion.”
This statement did not go down well with Nigerians, especially considering the fact that the late Abacha was widely known to be very corrupt.
See Reactions of some Nigerians below:
Heard Our Saint President “Buhari” was Praising Abacha… Said he built roads.
Please who is leaving this country soon, just put me inside your bag, I’m tired of this country. 😥
— Osas Cruz (@OsasCruz) May 23, 2018
Your President, @MBuhari said his mentor, Abacha built hospitals….
Why did @MBuhari not go to those hospitals to treat his secret ailment ?
All of you still supporting this calamity you call President are enemies of this Country….
#PVCTwitter Activated !
— Oluyemi Fasipe 🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) May 23, 2018
What type of anti corruption crusader chooses Abacha, a proven thief, who was also a blood thirsty buffoon, as his mentor? When I schooled in England, my university had a module on Abacha’s thievery. This is the man Buhari aspires to be? The man who exiled Tinubu and NADECO!
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) May 23, 2018
Buhari’s “Abacha” comment is 1 more reason why history should be taught!
A child born in 1998 is 20years old now. If history was properly taught, Buhari can never be the president of Nigeria, Buhari mismanaged Government money as PFT chairman! He is no saint. Cc @segalink
— Olusola (@doNsolly) May 23, 2018
Dr. Kayode Fayemi was one of the leading lights of “Radio Kudirat”, Tinubu went into exile. Both opposed Abacha’s brutality & sang to high heavens about him being corrupt.
But today, both serve the same Buhari, who eagerly defends Abacha’s legacy.
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) May 23, 2018
On the same day that he attacked former President Obasanjo, President @Mbuhari today praised former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, despite the fact that multiple courts have proven that Abacha was a common thief. Do you still believe Buhari is fighting corruption?
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) May 22, 2018