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Sani Abacha not a thief, says wife Maryam

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Twenty-two years after the death of Nigeria’s former
dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, his wife Maryam is writhing
under the pang of abandonment by former friends and relations, especially in Kano.

She claimed the betrayal is responsible for the spate of
allegations of financial impropriety being made against her husband, insisting he was not a thief.

She wondered why it took more than two decades for the
said loots to be coming out, noting that they were all lies
and that time would bring out the truth.

The former first lady stated this in an interview with Kano
Focus to mark the 22th anniversary of the death of the former military ruler.

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She did not hide her disappointment with Kano people.

“I hope Kano people will realise that Sani was their son. And
this man was born in Kano in Sabon Gari and later he came
to Fagge and grew up, but his name is Abacha – a Kanuri name from Borno.

“He has marks, Kanuri marks on his face, but he chose to be
a Kano man. And he worked for Kano and he planted Kano people.

that he helped a lot, but they are not even greeting me now for no reason.

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“They just hate us! But why? This is a very bad attitude. It is Haram and Allah is watching us.”

She insisted that her husband did not steal from the country
as being claimed, saying he was being framed.
“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,” she added
She has harsh words for those behind her travails.

“They will kneel down like America is kneeling down now.
“Anybody that is evil will kneel down just like this corona has come to shut this world.”
Abacha has been the most vilified among Nigeria’s former military rulers.

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He incarcerated Moshood Abiola, the winner of the June 12 1993 Presidential election and sat on his mandate until
death forced him off the throne on June 8 1998.

His killer squad assassinated Abiola’s wife Kudirat in 1996.
He forced many pro-democracy activists into exile and put
many others in jail.
His government also shut down newspapers, not caring
about the livelihood of the workers there.

On top of that, he wanted to succeed himself as a civilian
leader, in an orchestrated political move, with five million march.

But death took him away on 8 June 1998.

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