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).
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.”
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:
Same Abacha that locked up MKO till death. Murdered Ken Saro-Wiwa and Kudirat Abiola. Looted silly via PTF with Buhari as Chairman?
Amazing how many SW Leaders that were crying “Yoruba ronu o” over MKO’s incarceration are now teammates with Buhari & Abacha family inside APC. https://t.co/VTouEb6ZfA
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) May 22, 2018
Shameful that after 20 years, and weeks after he himself talked about Abacha loot that is still being repatriated, Buhari still finds time to praise same Abacha.
This man’s dissonance is legendary. Will be studied for centuries. https://t.co/vuoBQv7Spa
— Chxta (@Chxta) May 22, 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
Both Obasanjo, Abacha and Buhari are the cause of Nigeria’s problem. The total sum of years they spent in office is enough to transform Nigeria.
— Your Village People (@Onyema_Donald) May 23, 2018
It gives me joy seeing Buhari praising Abacha, and nobody is condemning him, I will see the idiot that will talk when I praise President Jonathan
— ije1 (@ije12002) May 23, 2018
You hate corruption so much. All appearances of it. All versions of it. You are the grand Ayatollah of integrity.
But Abacha is ALWAYS your reference point for responsible leadership. In fact, you don’t care what anyone thinks.Why? Because “he built roads and hospitals.” ?
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) May 23, 2018
Shows the shallowness of thought in Aso Rock and why they pay no regard to loss of lives and human rights – Libyans had these things good under Gadaffi but celebrated his ouster.
The only reason Buhari defends Abacha is because he was a key Agent of Corruption under Abacha. https://t.co/ynPvbkZPu2
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) May 22, 2018
Incompetent Buhari started his Abacha praise with, “no matter what opinion u have about him.” So he thinks our insistence that Abacha plundered Nigeria is just our opinion. Even as a sitting president trying to repatriate the late looter’s funds, Buhari considers Abacha a saint.
— Nedu Ekeke #BBOG (@Nedunaija) May 23, 2018