On the 20th of October 2011, Libyans rejoiced over the death of Muammar Gaddafi who was seen then as the worst dictator on earth. Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the oil-rich country for 42 years was condemned internationally as a tyrant who violated human rights of Libyans and sponsored terrorism across the world. Although Gaddafi was labelled a dictator by the big world powers a close look at what he did for the people of his country may compel you to change the way you see him.
Here are the things Gaddafi did which most people never knew.
1. Under Muammar Gaddafi, Libya was Africa's richest nation and they had no single external debt. The country had a foreign reserve of $150 Billion and Gaddafi helped increase Libya's GDP by 600% within the first 10 years of his rule.
2. Gaddafi made electricity free for all Libyans.
3. Under Gaddafi's regime, there was no interest on loans and he paid any graduate who failed to get a job a salary that is commensurate with his area of discipline.
4. Medical treatments was absolutely free under his rule. All medical charges were borne by Gaddafi government.
5. Gaddafi made provisions for any failure encountered in the country's health sector. If medical facilities in Libya couldn't address the medical needs of a Libyan citizen, Gaddafi government would fund the medical treatments abroad.
6. Education was completely free in Libya under Gaddafi. Before he came to power.
7. With a net worth of over $200 Billion, Gaddafi was the richest man on earth when he was alive and he made sure the citizens got their own share of the national cake. Gaddafi's main source of income was oil sales and he gave back some proportion of what he earned to Libyan citizens by crediting their bank accounts on monthly basis.
8. Under Gaddafi's rule, a house is a basic right for every Libyan citizen, he worked assiduously to ensure that no Libyan citizen remained a tenant.
9. Under Gaddafi's government, every mother who gives birth to a child gets $5,000 from the government as support fund.
10. Any Libyan who wished to purchase a car paid just 50% of the price. The remaining 50% was paid by the government as subsidy.
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