Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, popularly known as Colonel Gaddafi was a Libyan dictator who ruled Libya for over four decades and was eventually killed on 20th October 2011 in his hometown of Sirte, in Libya after months of uprising in the Country.
The assassination of Colonel Gaddafi at that time and even up till now has split many opinion among citizens of Libya and the world at large. Since his assassination, Libya has been in war and has not known peace. It is no longer news that the killing of the leader was politically motivated after NATO had a huge role to play in his killing and destruction of Libya.
In this article, we take a look at some of the possible reasons Colonel Gaddafi was killed despite glaring developmental strides in Libya and very favorable living standard in the Country under the regime of Colonel Gadaffi.
15 Reasons Colonel Muammar Gadaffi is still being missed in Libya.
1. There is no electricity bill in Libya, electricity is free for all its citizens.
2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens are at a 0% interest by law.
3. Owning a house is considered a human right in Libya. Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a house
4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinars (US$50,000) from the government to buy their first apartment.
5. Education and medical treatments free. Before Gaddafi, only 25% of Libyans were literates. Today, the figure stands at 83%.
6. Libyans taking up farming as a career, they received farm land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick- start their farms – all free.
7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they needed in Libya, the government funded them to go abroad for it.
8. In Gaddafi’s Libya, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya was $0. 14 per liter under Colonel Gadaffi’s regime.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.
11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is credited directly to bank accounts of Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gave birth to a child under Gaddafi, received US $5,000 as child benefit upfront.
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15 during his regime.
15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree as he made education accessible.
Former U.S President, Barrack Obama, admitted one of his biggest mistake as the President of the United States was the invasion of Libya and subsequent assassination of Colonel Gadaffi, which has left the Country in ruins for almost a decade now.