Following the accusation of stealing half of Central Bank of Nigeria by a member of the UK Parliament, Tom Tugendhat, the former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) has reacted to the accusation.
The UK Parliament, Tom Tugendhat, had made the claim during a debate on the Lekki tollgate shootings of protesters.
According to Tugendhat, “we know that 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 gains here.” He said Gowon was one of them. According to him, Gowon took half of the CBN to the UK.
Gowon has denied the claims, labelling them as “rubbish” during an interview with the BBC.
The Nigerian Head of State from 1966 to 1975 state:
“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.”