The United Kingdom Parliament met yesterday, Monday to discuss its sanctions against the Nigerian government for corruption and human rights violations during the recent EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.
During the debate, Tom Tugendhat, chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee representing Tonbridge and Malling, said the UK needs to sanction Nigeria’s corrupt officers.
He accused Nigeria’s former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon of absconding to the UK with half of Nigeria’s money.
Tugendhat said, “it is a tragedy that we are all witnessing. The pressure this time is not foreign colonialism, the pressure instead is corruption, violence and attempts to control.
“We need to call out the corruption, we need to use the powers that we have in this county to stop those who are profiting from the wealth of that great nation and hiding it here.
He said, “Now some people will remember when General Gowon left Nigeria with half of the Central Bank so it is said and moved to London.”
‘We know today, even now in this great city of ours there are sadly some people who have taken from the Nigerian people and hidden their ill-gotten wealth here.’
The allegation has stirred conversations over Gowon’s heroic status in Nigeria. We bring some of these reactions
In January 1966, General Gowon became Nigeria’s youngest military chief of staff at the age of 31, because a military coup d’état by a group of junior officers under Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu led to the overthrow of Nigeria’s civilian government.
In the course of this coup, mostly northern and western leaders were killed, including Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s Prime Minister; Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto and Premier of the Northern Region; and Samuel Akintola, Premier of the Western Region, Lt Col Arthur Unegbe and so many more.
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