That counsel came in an interview in which he called “stupid” and “ignorant” all who asked him to account for the recovered loot he received while in office.  “The man who asked for it, the man who gave the judgment or who answered them are all stupid, with due respect.  I don’t keep account, all Abacha loots were sent to the Central Bank of Nigeria…”

A president, current or former, ought to be decent enough never to insult a judge, but decency is not something Obasanjo could be accused of.  Nevertheless, I was one of those at whom he lobbed his missiles, having followed the loot recovery story from the beginning, and being within earshot when he melted down at that interview.  I had consistently asked various administrations to account for the recovered funds.

My intervention began in The Guardian on June 22, 2008, in an article headlined, “Whatever happened to the Abacha loot?”

Among others, in February 2014 I wrote, “Dear Mrs Okonjo-Iweala” and, following her response, “Dear Mrs Okonjo-Iweala II,” an appeal to a key official of the Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan administrations, in which I commented on some of the Abacha recoveries.

“Some of those resources include over $2.5 billion recovered of the Sani Abacha loot,” I said.  “Your successor in Finance, Nenadi Usman, who is now a Senator and who I am sure you run into in the privileged corridors of Abuja, told Nigeria that the funds were given to five ministries for certain projects.  The funds—$2.5 billion—and the so-called “projects” vanished…”

In July 2014, after Nigeria received from Liechtenstein another tranche of $227 million, l let my skepticism show, as Mrs Okonjo-Iweala announced that President Jonathan would set up an inter-ministerial committee “to ensure the proper utilisation of the funds.”

I said the new question was the same as the existing one: what happened to all the recovered funds?  And I predicted that within three years, the Lichtenstein repatriation would also have disappeared.

In March 2015, two months before Buhari took office, I revisited the issue, and told Nigerians who questioned the whereabouts of the Abacha recoveries that the answer was, “GONE!”

That was the preface to the court rulings of 2016 and 2017.

I also wrote this timeline in 2016, questioning whether the recovered funds—officially $2.5bn as of February 2007—had been re-looted, saved or stolen.

I said, “In the interest of every betrayed Nigerian child, every adult ought to rise up and ask: how much, where is it, or on what has this fortune been spent?  You can’t have it both ways.”

Mr Umaru Yar’Adua, Mr Jonathan, and then Mr Buhari, each saw further significant recoveries, with none of them accepting responsibility to stand by their country and answer the question.

Will the truth now be told?  In effect, will the powers that be, led by the Governor’s ‘Class of 1999’, many of whom were indicted as being leading kleptocrats while they were in office, come forward?

That is a demand for probity from an APC government with eight years of experience during which standards and ethics dropped significantly lower.

That is not going to happen.  APC will protect itself, which means protecting PDP so they can both laugh at Abacha.  If Nigeria wants salvation, it must save itself.