This particular stove identified as the Abacha Stove brings back sad memories to a lot of Nigerians, especially those that were around during the regime of the former head of State Sani Abacha. Let's go down memory lane for the sake of those that are not familiar with this stove.
Sani Abacha used to be a Nigerian Military General, he was one of the Military head of State in Nigeria in the year 1993. He served from the year 1993 to the year 1998. Apart form being the head of state, he was also the chief of Army staff in Nigeria from the year 1985 to the year 1990. Sani Abacha also served as the Chief defence staff from the year 1990 to the year 1994.
Sani Abacha was not loved by alot of Nigerians, majority of people described him as a dictator. There were quite alot of human rights that were abused during his regime and alot of political assassinations occured.
There were quite alot of political instabilities when Abacha was in power in Nigeria, This was caused by the annulment of the June 12 election which MKO Abiola won in the year 1992. There was a serious scarcity of Kerosene back then after the annulment and it affected alot of Nigerians.
Nigerians were hit by serious economic hardships, kerosene became so scarce and expensive. The poor masses could not even afford to buy a bottle of Kerosene because of the price. The scarcity of Kerosene in Nigeria during that time led to the invention of the Abacha stove or the Abacha coal pot. This is a stove that makes use of saw dust to prepare food.
The Abacha stove doesn't need kerosene to work, even charcoal served as an alternative for kerosene. The stove may look like it was a blessing in disguise, but actually people suffered alot while using the stove. Alot of forests were destroyed because people were in search of saw dust, this saw dust is normally gotten from trees.
Even the smoke that comes out while cooking with the Abacha stove is nothing to write home about, the smoke was poisonous to inhale. Nigerians had to manage this stove because the Government did nothing about the Kerosene scarcity.
Children had to travel to different saw mills to search for saw dust, a bottle would then be placed in the middle of the container and filled with saw dust before lighting it up. Cooking with this stove was not easy at all, it was stressful and wasted alot of time.
Hoepfully we never get to experience such again in Nigeria because alot of people suffered while using this stove.
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