SECRET DOCUMENTS: Shocking Revelations About Buhari Yesterday

A Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to
President, Reuben Abati, published an
abstract from secret documents in his
Twitter, exposing the information
from Wikileaks about Buhari’s 1983-84
governing years.

The information is provided by the Public
Library of United States
Diplomacy through Wikileaks. The exposed
classified letter is dated September 20, 2002.
It reads in part:
Like President Obasanjo before the 1999
election, General Buhari’s political experience
is limited to that of military Head of State.
Buhari came to power as a result of a 1983
New Year’s Eve coup against the
democratically elected Shehu Shagari. The
eviction of Shagari came as a welcome relief
as did Buhari’s promise to root out
corruption. That relief, however, was short-
lived as Nigerians watched despairingly as the
Buhari regime’s promises to revive the
economy and wipe out rampant corruption
withered during 20 months of heavy-handed,
largely ineffective rule.
In May 1984, Buhari ordered the brutal
expulsion of 700,000 illegal immigrants from
neighboring African states, jailed hundreds of
political opponents and muzzled a once
aggressive press. His loyalty to the military
also came into question as he dismissed
30,000 soldiers as a cost-cutting measure.
Buhari also soured Nigeria’s relations with
Britain, when he was accused of
masterminding a clumsy and unsuccessful
attempt in July 1984 to kidnap President
Shagari’s brother-in-law, former Transport
Minister Umaru Dikko. Moreover, Buhari
undermined traditional rulers throughout
Nigeria, slashing their benefits and
questioning their

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