- The wife of former military Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha has opened up on allegations of her husband looting funds
- Hajia Maryam Abacha recently revealed that it is a shame that lies are been told against her husband after 22 years
- Abacha's wife also explained that the truth of funds looted from the country will be brought to light
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Hajia Maryam Abacha, the widow of Nigeria's former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, is finally opening up on allegations of her late husband looting funds from the nation's coffers.
Maryam speaking to Kano Focus in an interview to mark the 22nd anniversary of Abacha's death noted that it's a shame to tell lies on a dead man.
The wife of the deceased military head of state speaking further in her husband's defense following the recovered loot inked to Abacha said that in time the truth concerning the money will come to light.
She said: “How come this man was not a thief until he died?” What is this amount of money after 22 years you say oh we have found this amount of money and we’re bringing it back?
“It is a shame to tell lies on a dead man! It is a shame to tell lies on your leader. If he had done wrong, God knows. If other people are putting the wrong on him, it is a matter of time."
Abacha's wife went on to accuse Kano's elites of betraying her late husband despite his contributions to the development of the northern state and abandoning his family after his death back in June 1998.
She also added that though the late military leader helped a lot of people they not greeting her for no reason now.
While describing her late husband as a person who helped people, Maryam alleged that they just hated them.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a chief security officer to a former Nigeria's military head of state, late Sani Abacha, said that his principal is innocent of allegations of looting funds from the nation's coffers.
Speaking on Voice of America, Hausa Service in Kaduna on Thursday, February 6, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha said reports that monies in multi-million were stashed in foreign banks by Abacha are all lies.
Al-Mustapha said the funds said to have been allegedly looted by his boss and returned by some countries were stolen by Abacha's successors.
He said, as at the time Abacha assumed leadership there was about $200 billion in the country's foreign reserve. Al-Mustapha said as, at Abacha's death, Nigeria's foreign reserve rose to $900 billion.
In a related development, the presidency disclosed that the $311 million Abacha loot returned to Nigeria from the United States would be used for infrastructure development.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity in a statement on Tuesday, May 5, disclosed that some of the infrastructure projects the funds will be used for include the second Niger Bridge, the Lagos-Ibadan and the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressways.
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