Former spokesperson of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has described former military Head of state, Sani Abacha, as the biggest thief in the world history.
He stated that 21-years after, more loots linked to the former head of state are still being recovered.
Omokri stated this in response to the claim by the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that Northerners are rarely arrested for advance fee fraud, popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo.
Governor El-Rufai while speaking at the Northern Youth summit organised by Northern Hibiscus Initiative in Kaduna on Saturday, stated that though the North was the most backward and uneducated region in Nigeria, it was a thing of pride that Northerners were rarely arrested for Yahoo Yahoo and other financial crimes.
“Nigeria consists of two countries; there is a backward, less educated and unhealthy northern Nigeria, and a developing, largely educated and healthy southern Nigeria. We have to speak the truth to ourselves and ask why is it that northern Nigeria has development indicators similar to Afghanistan, a country still at war?”
“We have the largest number of poor people in the world, most of them in northern Nigeria. Nigeria also has the largest number of out of school children, virtually all of them in Northern Nigeria.”
“We are being considered as the parasite of the federal economy, even though, that is not entirely true. Because northern Nigeria still feeds the nation. The richest businessman in Nigeria is still Aliko Dangote, not someone from Southern Nigeria, thank God for that.”
“So, we still have a lot to be proud of. We should be proud of our culture and tradition, as well as unity. You hardly can find someone from northern Nigeria convicted of 419 or being a Yahoo boy. That is something we should be proud of.”
Omokri, who took to his Twitter account to react wrote, “Dear Elrufai,
“Before you label Southerners fraudsters, note that the biggest thief in world history is Sani Abacha. 21 years after, his loot is still being recovered, though @MBuhari said ‘Abacha never stole’.
“There are good and bad Nigerians in North and South!”