A former head of state, Yakubu Gowon, has reacted to claims leveled against him by UK parliament member, Tom Tugendhat, on how he absconded to the UK with half of CBN’s money during his regime, calling the allegation a mere rubbish statement.
General Gowon in his interview with BBC News Pidgin said that he had served Nigeria with utmost diligence adding that his legacies were visible to everyone.
“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,” he said.
He, however, promised not to engage in any form of argument over the accusation as those who knew him very well would speak in his defence.
“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,” he added.
On Tuesday, British MPs passed a vote for UK’s government to sanction some Nigerian government officials who were involved in brutalising EndSARS protesters.
While debating, Mr. Tugendhat alleged that bribery and corruption were the causes of Nigeria’s underdevelopment, citing an example that Gen. Gowon stole more than half of the country’s worth in its central bank and stashed the sum in London when he was toppled.
Gen. Gowon ruled Nigeria from 1966 to 1975 before his government was overthrown while he was away from Nigeria.
He was directly flown to the United Kingdom and enrolled in a studentship at Warwick University.