Gowon speaks on allegation he stole half of Central Bank

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A former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, has finally reacted to an allegation by a British lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, that he stole half of Central Bank funds when he was overthrown.

Many people have doubted the claim but Gown too has finally spoken, saying the Briton was speaking rubbish.

He told BBC in an interview:

“What the MP said is rubbish. I don’t know where he got that rubbish from, I served Nigeria diligently and my records are there for all to see.

I did not want to speak on this issue because people that know me know that what the MP said is not true.”

While debating the violence unleashed on #ENDSARS protesters in Lagos, Tugendhat had claimed:

“What we are seeing in Nigeria today is part of that story. It is a tragedy we are all witnessing because we see things falling apart.

“The problem this time is not foreign pressure known as colonialism. The pressure instead is corruption and violence and attempts at control (of power).

“We need to call out the corruption, we need to use the powers that we have in this country to stop those who are profiting from the wealth of that great nation and hiding it here.

“Now some people will remember when general Gowon left Nigeria, he took 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 the wealth of Nigerian people and hidden their ill-gotten gains here.

“We know that our banks sadly have been used for that profit or that illegal transfer of asset and that means that the UK is in a unique position in being able to actually do something to really exert pressure on those who have robbed Nigerians.”



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