Nigeria: Buhari decides to redistribute dictator Sani Abacha’s money
In Nigeria, the latest government decision provoked a little outcry. So, good or bad idea?
It is a decision that should be a landmark. In fact, in Nigeria, the Buhari government decided to redistribute money “stolen” by former military dictator Sani Abacha, in power between 1993 and 1998, to the poorest families in the country.
In all, it is not less than 300,000 households who are eligible and can receive about 5000 Naira per month, the time that the 322 million dollars had belonged to Abacha is evaporated.
Switzerland collaborates directly with Nigeria.
In collaboration with Switzerland, which held these funds, the ruling administration has chosen to make this gesture: “There is nothing in Switzerland,” he says.
There were these two restitution processes: first on some $600 million a few years ago, and then now this slice we call in the technical language “Abacha 2”.
“With these 321 million that will be returned to Nigeria, there is no money, or even any heritage of the Abacha family in Switzerland.”
However, many critics have risen, calling this an idea of political recovery. Indeed, many observers felt that this is “vote buying” only a few months from the new elections.