- Late General Sani Abacha's son has cried out over the harassment his family goes through
- Sadiq Abacha alleged that members of his family are harassed at airports despite the travel ban that was lifted
- Abacha also noted that he was interrogated upon his return from Dubai just before the lockdown
It's been 22 years since the death of the late military dictator, General Sani Abacha, but his family members are still scrutinized especially at the airports.
Sadiq Abacha, one of the sons of the late head of state has alleged that even though a travel ban on his family has been lifted they are still harassed whenever leaving or returning to the country.
He disclosed this on Wednesday, June 9, in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service monitored by Vanguard.
Abacha's son alleged that even before the lockdown he was interrogated at the airport upon his return from Dubai.
According to him, Yayale Ahmed, the former Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF) during late President Umaru Yar’adua's administration helped the Abacha's lift the travel ban on their family.
Sadiq went on to note that though they were given clearance paper from the security agency nothing has changed, adding that their names had been removed from the black book.
"But up till date, I’m always interrogated at the airports anytime I’m travelling. They always say our names are still in the black book. We’ve been to the security agency and they have issued us with a clearance paper. That our names have been removed from the black book.
”But nothing has changed..I’m always harassed whenever I’m going out or coming into the country. I don’t know where to go and be listened to. It should’ve been a security agency, but I was there,” he said.
When asked about how the family feels hearing the reports of his father allegedly stashing hundreds of millions in foreign vaults, Sadiq explained that they were disturbing.
While noting that there are reasons why the money was kept, he added that the family hears the reports but he is not happy about it.
Speaking on his family's relationship with other past first families he said they only relate well with members of the Babangida family and that of President Muhammadu Buhari to an extent. He also alleged that others failed to sustain the relationship.
He said: "Our present relationship with some of our late father’s friends is surprising. We exchange pleasantries with the family of General Babangida. We are in good terms."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Hamza Al Mustapha said late Abacha did so many good things for Nigeria. According to him, only God can reward the late general.
Going further, Al Mustapha claimed his late boss was deliberately painted black by some disgruntled elements despite all his good works. He disclosed this in Kano during the 22nd commemoration of Abacha on Monday, June 9.
He added that what Abacha has done to Nigeria will forever not be forgotten in the annals of history and generations yet unborn. Mustapha said Abacha met only N200m dollars in the foreign reserve but saved over $9 before his death.
In other news, Buba Galadima, one of Nigeria's foremost politicians, revealed the alleged reasons why Abacha stashed billions of dollars belonging to the Nigerian government out of the country.
He said the late military dictator was advised to save some money outside the country by some of his colleague presidents around the world so there won't be panic if the US eventually block Nigeria's account.
Among those who advised Abacha, according to Galadima, were Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. "If they say Abacha was a monster, my answer is, at least he held the country together and everybody knew you could not trample on our laws without being dealt with," he added.
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