However, In a statement on Friday, Shettima explained that his views were misrepresented “to settle partisan scores”.
He said that the video of the speech he made in Lagos was in the public space for all to see.
He said; “I never attributed hospitality to Abacha in my speech.
“I did a rundown of our past presidents and played up “the taciturnity and a dose of the ruthlessness of a Sani Abacha”.
He explained that what he meant by his comment was that strongmen like Abacha are needed to put an end to the insecurity plaguing the country.
“To deal with the nonstate actors who’ve turned Nigeria into a vast killing field”.
“I was quick to tease the audience, appreciating the humour hovering around the hall, with the familiar jibe that nice men don’t make good leaders.
“By nice men, I meant those who get easily manipulated and pressured to divert state resources to appeal to private expectations”, he added.
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