Former Chief of Army Staff, General Ishaya Bamaiyi, on Wednesday decried what he called “media propaganda” alleging that former Nigerian military head Sani Abacha looted government funds while in office.
Bamaiyi who spoke during the Abuja book launch of his new documentation, “Vindication of Abacha”, narrated,
“If you remember, we had problem in Sierra Leone and Liberia under Abacha government and it was money realised under Abacha regime that we used to buy weapons and ammunition to help them fight. I am happy the former minister of finance said the money was not looted but things happen and when things happen like that and you are not here to defend yourself rumours will just be flying.
“I am not holding brief for Abacha but I would not be in a position to know if money was looted. What I know is that things do happen and I know that Abacha did very well for the country. If we see him from the bad aspect, we should also look at his good aspect and remember him for the good things he did for the country. That is why I said Abacha loot is a media creation.”