5 Hidden Facts About The Only Nigerian President That Never Stepped Out of Africa

One of the major complaints of Nigerians is the incessant travelling of their leaders from country to country spending so much at the expense of their welfare. The incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari is known to be a very frequent traveller and is infact adjudged to be one of the most travelled president in the history of Nigeria and at one time spent about 3 straight months outside Nigeria.

Fmr President Olusegun Obasanjo when he was in office was heavily criticized for being a heavy traveller and Fmr President Goodluck Jonathan also accused of the same.

I am about to shock you with an amazing fact of the President of Nigeria who didn't step his feet outside Africa while he was Head of State and this person is no other than Gen. Sani Abacha who in his bid to uphold the Foreign Policy of Nigeria which saw Africa as its centrepiece didn't travel outside the continent.

He was a very influential figure the African Politics and was a heavy contributor of peace to Sierra Leone and Liberia after their civil War.

Here are Five more amazing facts about Abacha you never knew about :

1. General Sani Abacha was born on Monday, September 20, 1943, in Kano and also died and was buried on Monday, June 8, 1998. A Kanuri originally from Borno State, he was brought up in Kano state, where he made his home.

2. It was under Abacha that Nigeria became a perpetual importer of petroleum products, as all the refineries packed up. However, 20 years after his death, Nigeria is still heavily dependent on fuel imports.

3. Abacha rarely appeared in public, refused to grant interviews or allow the publication of any personal information about him, and developed a habit of working only at night.

4. General Sani Abacha remains the shortest Head-of-State in Nigerian history. He was around 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

5. Abacha is by some records the most successful coup plotter in Nigerian history. The late general participated in every single successful coup carried out in the country and was instrumental in the coups which brought and removed Major-General Muhammadu Buhari from power in 1983 and 1985 respectively.

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