Late General Sani Abacha, GCFR, has graced the news headlines in the past few months and years, ever since the adminstration of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari. He was a Nigerian military general, also a dictator who served as the military head of state in Nigeria from 1993 until his death in 1998.
He wasn’t just a military general, but a man found guilty of embezzlement of government funds. Luckily, Nigeria has recovered the sum total of about 311 million dollars so far from foreign countries, stolen by former military ruler.
Consequently, his family was placed on a travel man which was lifted during late President Yaradua’s adminstration. Nevertheless, in an article published on Vanguard, the son of the former military ruler by name Sadiq Abacha, spoke in an interview with BBC Hausa Service on Wednesday, which was monitored by Vanguard. In the interview, he alleged that even though a travel ban on the Abachas had been lifted, that members of the late General Sani Abacha’s family were still harassed whenever they travel in and out of the country including himself.
He insisted that he was given a clearance paper, but was still further interrogated at the Airport on his way to Dubai before the lockdown.
The interviewer further asked him of his relationship with the families of other surviving Nigerian leaders in which he explained that apart from the family of Ibrahim Babangida, and to some extent that of President Muhammadu Buhari, that others had failed to sustain the relationship.
This interview was in the wake of a remembrance, which marks exactly 22 years since the death of General Abacha, his father. He further insisted that the reports of his father’s loots were disturbing.
Nigerians have reacted to his cries, as many raised sober opinions pertaining to his predicament. His father’s legacy isn’t good to be proud of, but he doesn’t deserve stigmatization, a Twitter user claimed. This is a family that will never be poor again for generations. Another user purported.