The President of the National Youths Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Bello Shagari has given reasons why late Head of States, General Sani Abacha, is still very popular in the North.
In a series of tweets, Bello Shagari blamed media houses in Southwest for how Abacha was and is still being portrayed.
“In as much as I hate the North/South confrontations; which is more a less a distraction to our National progress, the South Western Media has done so much in dragging the names of Northern leaders to the mud. Abacha is one example but the man remains widely popular in the north.
There was never a time in Nigeria when we had economic stability and progress like Abacha’s regime. And that is because he had to “force” it and there were causalities of course. The same can be said about security. Both problems are now things we are struggling with in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, there are so many controversies surrounding him including the so called “Abacha loot”. Can anyone tell me who first called it that? Anyway, it can hardly be defended because no one can be certain of a different intention except those who were involved in the process.
But it was widely reported that Abacha himself is not the signatory to those bank accounts according to Al-Mustapha,& that stakeholders came together to arrange for those monies to be saved in case of a rainy day, as Nigerian didn’t have a smooth foreign relations with the West.
It could be true, it could be false. But Abacha has made major contributions in the progress of this great Nation. He has also erred because he is human and had to be uncompromising at the detriment of many. Mind you;Abacha was not a democrat, he was a dictator. May his soul RIP.“