Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi Advised Abacha To Save Looted Funds Abroad
Buba Galadima, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, says former military head of state, Sani Abacha, was recommended to conserve enough money for Nigeria abroad.
According to reports, the Abacha regime looted about $5 billion from Nigeria.
Speaking in an interview with The Nation, Galadima, who was a principal authorities of the Abacha program, stated Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were one of those who recommended Abacha.
I have an entirely different concept about what you called Abacha loot. I called a reality that at that time, Abacha with understanding of crucial members of his government, who understood about this money being stacked out, he was appropriately encouraged by some of his associate presidents around the world,” Galadima said.
Saddam Hussein was one of them. Muammar Gaddafi was one of them. They encouraged him that there was the probability that the US might sanction Nigeria and as such he must conserve money outside that might last the country, a minimum of, 6 months, even Nigeria’s account was obstructed by the United States, there won’ t be
“panic. I was a crucial figure in that government. I was among the so-called Abacha boys if you should know. I was the Director General, National Maritime Authority, whereby export and import to Nigeria, consisting of crude, were directly coming under my desk. So, am in position to discuss Abacha and the so-called loot.
It holds true that some Nigerians think Abacha was a monster and you can not fault their ignorance. Yes obviously. It is based on ignorance.
But the reality of the matter is that we are running a constitutional government called democracy. Individuals can hold various viewpoint supplied it does not intrude on another’s liberty. What I have stated to you now is my own viewpoint based upon what I understood of the government and the male at that time.”