Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has expressed how irritated he is when people say late General Sani Abacha was a strong man.
In the heat of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, many took to social media to decry the slow pace at which President Buhari was handling the situation.
This led to some quarters wishing the xenophobic attacks by South Africans occurred when Abacha was alive as president. According to them, South Africa would have been humbled by him.
Reacting to the claims that Abacha was a strong man, Reno Omokri wrote:
”I get irritated seeing some people say Abacha was a STRONGMAN who would have dealt with South Africa. Abacha was NOT strong. He was a BLOODTHIRSTY BUFFOON. Obasanjo is 10 times the man Abacha was. Abacha killed people to make himself FEARED. Obasanjo made people RESPECT him by sheer force of WILL. There is a big DIFFERENCE.
Anybody can make himself feared if he kills enough people. It is not a sign of RESPECT. Do you RESPECT a killer with a gun? No. You FEAR him. But take away the gun and the killer loses his power of FEAR. Abacha was that killer. Obasanjo did not need a gun. He had a COMMANDING PRESENCE that inspired RESPECT. If Obasanjo was in power he would not have to deal with South Africa because the xenophobic attack would not even happen in the first place!”