Yakubu Gowon, a former head of state, has reacted to Tom Tugendhat, British lawmaker’s allegation that he looted half of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
At the UK parliament committee debate on a petition on the #EndSARS crisis, Tugendhat had urged the UK to call out corruption and use its powers to stop those who profit from Nigeria’s wealth and hide it in foreign countries.
“Some people will remember when General Gowon left Nigeria with half of the Central Bank, so it is said, and moved to London,” he said.
But reacting to the allegation on Wednesday, Gowon told BBC he served Nigeria diligently and his records are available “for all to see”.
The ex-president who described the comment by the UK lawmaker as ‘rubbish’, said he had no idea where he got such information from.
“I don’t know where he got that rubbish from, I served Nigeria diligently and my records are there for all to see,” he said.
“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.”