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“I served Nigeria diligently ” Gowon reacts to UK MP’s theft accusations

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Former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon has on Thursday reacted to claims that he absconded to the UK with half of the money in Nigeria’s Central Bank.

While reacting to the claim, Gowon branded the allegations as rubbish and said he served Nigeria diligently.

He said the accusation was meant to ridicule him.

Gowon told the BBC, “I don’t know where he got that rubbish from, I served Nigeria diligently and my records are there for all to see”.

“What the MP said was just mere ridicule and I don’t know as to where he cooked up such statement. I served Nigeria as much as I could and my achievements during those years are available to everyone.

“I don’t want to talk over the matter since those who know me very well say that the MP’s statement is nothing but a mere fallacy.”

The United Kingdom Parliament met on 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 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.’

Meanwhile, check out Nigerians reactions to the allegations.


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