Former Nigeria military head of state, Retired General Yakubu Gowon has reacted to accusations by the United Kingdom of looting half of the Central Bank of Nigeria during his tenure.
A member of the UK Parliament, Tom Tugendhat, made the claims during a debate on the Lekki tollgate shootings of protesters.
Speaking 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,” Tom said.
However according to the former head of state the accusations are ‘rubbish’ and untrue.
In a recent interview with the BBC, General Yakubu Gowon was quoted as follows;
“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.” Yakubu Gowon added.