Muammar Gaddafi was portrayed as a vicious dictator by the Western media. The world was made to believe that Colonel Gaddafi never meant well for his countrymen and that he ruled with an iron fist hence stifling democracy. This propaganda spread like bush fire around the globe and all people, including Africans and his own Libyans turned against him. The west and NATO used this propaganda as an excuse to attack the veteran Libyan leader in the guise of ‘liberating Libyans’
However, the truth of the matter is that he was a revered Libyan leader who improved the lives of the North African country and who had dreams of a prosperous Africa. For the four decades that he led his nation prior to meeting his death in the hands of NATO and other allies, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi initiated and completed some truly amazing development projects in his country. He had embarked on making investments across Africa on behalf of his government. The Libyan leader repeatedly tried to unite and empower the whole of Africa as he believed unity is an important foundation for the continent’s prosperity.
One of the major projects that Gaddafi undertook is the great man made river. It is a network of underground pipelines that bring high quality fresh water from some ancient underground aquifers to the Libyan Sahara for agricultural, industrial and domestic use.
The ‘eighth wonder of the world’ as he referred to it, is the largest irrigation systems in the world. It was designed and funded by the Gaddafi government to ensure that water was readily available to all Libyans across the country, despite the fact that the country was mostly a desert.
Under the Gaddafi leadership, education and medical treatment were free. Libya had one of the best medical facilities in Africa and the Middle East. If any Libyan could not access the correct treatment or desired course, the government funded them to seek the services abroad. Electricity was free, fuel was cheap and anyone who wanted to start farming was given land and seeds free of charge.
After the attacks and subsequent killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, all these benefits that the Libyans enjoyed came to an end as even the man made river was destroyed by the NATO bombs.