8, June 1998, the day former Head of State and military dictator General Sani Abacha died, ranks high up on the list of most memorable moments in Nigerian history. Yesterday, Nigerians decided to share their recollections of that momentous day.
Crash course for Abacha.
When Abacha died, I was in JSS 3, and was writing Junior WAEC, with 4 papers remaining 2 papers in 2 days. We wrote all 4 in one day.
— ÖSeun (@kaxqua) June 8, 2016
Backflip for Abacha.
I was 8 when Abacha died. I did couple of summersaults out of excitement and my dad bought my sister and I coke. ?
— KafKaf (@Sisi_Eko15) June 8, 2016
When Abacha is tighting the chest of your family.
Gosh, I remember the mood in the room when we found out Abacha had died. That day, I learned the real meaning of relief.
— S. (@saratu) June 8, 2016
Or when Abach’s call is the greater call.
First month at Uni.
Standing on a long NITEL queue at Uni gate,trying to call home.
News arrives. Abacha is dead… https://t.co/cN7V5GfiDf
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) June 8, 2016
Abacha is dying with your new employment status.
— Fairdeal (@Ojagbero) June 8, 2016
When the death of Abacha turned the market to disco.
— 'konyinsola (@SolaSleem) June 8, 2016
Celebration like Nigerians had never seen, probably since independence.
@toluogunlesi Primary school,got home and heard wild jubilations,all i could think of was"But Nigeria is not playing a match today" ?
— Damola Olatunji (@damie_ski) June 8, 2016
Mr Lamide must be Minister of Information.
Mr Lamide calls everyone in the compound.Announces Abacha's death. We rejoice.NEPA restores light. https://t.co/pII7kynL3m
— Lulu (@Mrluluraps) June 8, 2016
Muzzbe burial akara.
Baba Akara in Awo Hall very stingy with Akara nomally,
Heard Abacha ki ku
Started giving out akaka for free. https://t.co/71GQvFYVnq
— Ọmọladéjọkẹ́ (@lanlawee) June 8, 2016
Nobody prepped enough for the announcement.
June 8, 1998.
No light in school. Preparing for Dinner.
News arrives. Abacha is dead.
Night prep cancelled
— E.I. ZUMA (@spacyzuma) June 8, 2016
In Abacha’s death, men are liberated from suffering. Amen?
@spacyzuma still remember that day. FGC Kaduna. We all SS1 boys were abt 2 b punished for coming last in weekly inspection. Abacha saved us.
— Omokayode (@megakay12) June 8, 2016
Or his death is the cause of your suffering.
@toluogunlesi I was in school, announced during assembly news, everyone clapped and jubilated. We were punished!
— Ololade (@wanismum) June 8, 2016
When your school slangs were probably the cause of Abacha’s death.
In independence hall, relaxing as jambito. Katangites started shouting…..Abacha is dead… c jubilation https://t.co/hl9vIicdon
— MEZOBAY (@mobakare) June 8, 2016
Abacha and the Fast and Furious republic.
On my way to Uni. Getting to Yaba, screams of jubilation, bus drivers stunting. We ask. He's dead. Abacha is dead. https://t.co/P0jR3BYmXo
— Heishiro Mitsurugi (@Howna) June 8, 2016
How would we have remembered Nigeria has a cricket team?
— Williams Adewole (@williamsadewol4) June 8, 2016
When schools stop grooming tomorrow’s leaders and start grooming undertakers.
Was in SS2, suddenly GSS, Ilorin students broke our school gate with a big coffin singing & dancing…Abacha is dead https://t.co/FBd38HVzwY
— Abiola Farounbi (@forabiola) June 8, 2016
We wonder if this dissection was finished.
Was in anatomy dissection room in UI
A loud noise frm outside d room
Ran out to see guys jubilating
Abacha is dead https://t.co/AHdJmUjppo
— Daddy awon Deez (@habbeyluti) June 8, 2016
When Abacha’s carryover to the afterlife almost gives you carryover in this life.
Writing a test at Uni.
Lecturer runs and whispers to invigilator.
Word spreads. Abacha is dead.
Can't focus again. https://t.co/JYCpH7cywm
— …just call me Jay. (@nuruJAY) June 8, 2016
When Abacha’s death happened like Christmas.
— sol akinfolarin (@anu4real) June 8, 2016
No call up letter but plenty turn up power.
Waiting to be called up for NYSC, hush hush then CNN breaks the news Abacha is dead…hit the streets in high spirit https://t.co/EshqcnzHx9
— The Godfather (@Ayourb) June 8, 2016
We hope no one has to die again for Nigerians to have another reason to celebrate.
— Gukseon Lekan (@LekanOmobaba) June 8, 2016