Nigerians React As Buhari Praises Abacha

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Nigerians have begun to react as President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 22, praised the late military dictator, Sani Abacha, for his work in building infrastructure, saying no matter what you think about him, he built roads, hospitals among others.

The president said this at the villa when he hosted the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), led by Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

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According to Buhari, 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.

His words: “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.”

The comment came after Buhari slammed previous leaders who ruled between 1999 and 2007 of wasting $16billion on power projects without anything to show for it.

In the 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?”

However, Nigerians have since taken to Twitter to show their different reactions with respect to the president’s adulation for the late ruler.

See tweets below: 

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