General Sani Abacha is known as one of the most brutal dictators in the history of Nigeria and since his death, he is further known as one of Nigeria’s top 3 most corrupt past presidents alongside Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo. Sani Abacha was a military ruler for 5 years from 1993 to 1998, he passed away in the presidential palace in Abuja Nigeria in 1998 and since then, Nigeria is yet to recoup much of the billions of dollars he stashed in Switzerland and other countries outside Africa. Nuhu Ribadu, former chairman of The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under Olusegun Obasanjo’s leadership, once indicated that $2 Billion of $7 Billion Abacha’s loot in foreign reserves had been recovered; this is the very few recorded incidences of recovery although most of the recovered funds did not go into developments for the Nation. In 2018, under Buhari’s administration, the United State of America indicated a willingness to help recover some of Abacha’s loot for Nigeria, only if the funds will indeed go into development works for the country and not into corrupt pockets.
Through the course of recovering Abacha’s stolen wealth for Nigeria, his family has been allowed to keep 20% of all liquid assets the Nigerian government successfully recoups. Today, his sons, daughters and grandchildren continue to enjoy the wealth from their father’s tenure as president; and mostly live as multi-millionaires within and outside Nigeria as majority of the nation wallows in poverty. One of his daughters, Fatima Gumsu is married to a Cameroonian Billionaire, Mohamadou Bayero Fadil and lives in France. In 2018, his youngest son, Mustapha Sani Abacha, who was born in the presidential palace while Sani Abacha was in office, graduated from the Maryam Abacha American University (MAAUN), Maradi in Niger Republic.
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