Venezuelan ruler Nicolás Maduro spent thousands of dollars of state funds on Santería rituals carried out in Cuba, said the former director of the South American country’s military intelligence, Hugo Carvajal.
The former head of the Military Counter-Intelligence Directorate (DGCIM), a close ally to late President Hugo Chávez who later broke away from the regime, also accused Maduro of falsely portraying himself as a devout Christian.
“How dare you call yourself Christian when you follow any belief you come across? You are a devout Santero, follower of Sai Baba and who knows what other religion. I suppose that you must by some means justify... all the atrocities you have committed against the Venezuelan people,” Carvajal stated in an open letter to Maduro posted on Twitter.
“The people should know that your Santería Godfather is [former Minister] Carlos Osorio [...] They should also know that your religious sacrifice rituals in Cuba were paid by your minister of finance, who on at least one occasion sent a briefcase with $500,000 in cash to Havana in a PDVSA plane,”