Newly-discovered documents have revealed how former Nigerian military leader, late General Sani Abacha gave out millions of dollars of public funds to leaders of the Anglican Church Nigeria.
According to the documents obtained by Sahara Reporters, the late dictator approved $5 million to financially empower the leaders of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. These Anglican leaders needed the money to go on a trip to the 1998 Lambeth Conference, a gathering of Anglican leaders from around the world which takes place every ten years in London.
The documents reveal that more than $1 million of the fund was delivered specifically to Peter Akinola, the then Anglican Archbishop of Abuja. The document also revealed that Ismaila Gwarzo, the National Security Advisor (NSA) under Sani Abacha, was the liaison for the head of state in the delivery of $1,021,388 to Archbishop Akinola.
The funds were delivered “in the usual manner,” the document disclosed, via the Special Services Office. Mr. Gwarzo initially sent the money to his aide, Haliru Suleiman, who at the time worked in the Special Services Office of the Federal Secretariat in Abuja. Mr. Gwarzo then “called the Lord Archbishop of Abuja, Bishop Peter Akinola, to receive the money personally from Gwarzo’s aide.” The particular transaction allegedly took place in the office of Anthony Ani, the Finance Minister in the Abacha regime, according to Mr. Ani’s own testimony. See the documents below:
Late General Sani Abacha was a Nigerian soldier who took power through a coup and ruled as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. Abacha’s regime is one of the most controversial in Nigeria’s history. His regime was dictatorial and struck terror in the hearts of many Nigerians. His Chief Security Officer, Hamza al-Mustapha was the point man of an alleged murderous triumvirate that comprised Ismaila Gwarzo, National Security Adviser and Frank Omenka of the Directorate of Military Intelligence