See How Buhari Has Kept Abacha Trending In Nigeria
The worst democratic rule is better than the best military rule.
This is a saying that some Nigerians if not most must have heard, but it appears, General Sani Abacha's era was not a bad one after all.
Abacha who died in 1998, was a military leader in Nigeria for five years and has remained indelible in the hearts of some persons for different reasons.
One is because monies he looted are still coming back to Nigeria and another is his achievements which President Muhammadu Buhari has taken to remind Nigerians about.
It was a shock for many Nigerians when President Buhari mentioned General Abacha and eulogised him while addressing members of the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), led by the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali.
He was quoted as saying that "no matter what opinion you have about Abacha, I agreed to work with him and the PTF road we did from here to Port Harcourt, to Onitsha, to Benin and so on... On top of other things in the institution, education, medical care and so on".
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President Buhari may have mentioned it because of his involvement in the activities which he listed to score political goals, but the mention of a man whose loots are still returning to Nigeria 20 years after his death, did not sit well with many Nigerians.
The comment triggered reactions and this has kept the name - 'Abacha' - trending on Twitter.
Here are some of the reactions.