Former Chief of Army Staff, General ISHAYA BAMAIYI has said that Late General SANI ABACHA was not the corrupt leader he was said to be and that the concept of “Abacha Loot” was a media creation.
He also made excuses for Nigerian funds stashed in foreign countries during ABACHA government, saying that it was because of the challenges the nation had with Western countries, at the time.
ISHAYA BAMAIYI spoke during a public presentation of his book, titled “Vindication of Abacha” which represents a spirited attempt to present Late General ABACHA in good light, in Abuja.
He noted that President MUHAMMADU BUHARI was part of the ABACHA government which was why foreign governments were reluctant to listen to him on the request to return funds stashed abroad by his regime.
Also speaking, former Head of state, General YAKUBU GOWON, who was Chairman of the occasion, urged the federal government to make public, the status of the ABACHA loot by telling Nigerians how much has been recovered and how much left.