Former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, has condemned the allegation of looting half of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, by a British Parliamentarian.
Recall that a UK lawmaker, Tom Tugendhat, accussed the former Head of State during a debate on the Lekki tollgate shootings of protesters.
Gowon while speaking on Channels TV noted that he is disappointed with the statement of the lawmaker, he charged Tungendhat to check his records during and after he served as Head of State.
“It is certainly surprising, and I am disappointed that a British parliamentarian could make such a statement without checking the facts of what he was saying,” Gowon said.
“I honestly was disappointed that such a remark is made. The record of my service to the nation is there for everybody to see and even the British government itself, and I don’t know how somebody got the information to make such a very ridiculous statement,” he said.
Gowon called on the British government to investigate the allegation and bring the lawmaker to order, to check his facts before he makes such allegation.
Gowon sees the allegations as more or less an insult to the “leadership of Nigeria and certainly an insult to me to say that I did something of the sort to take half of Nigeria’s Central Bank and I must have put it in a British bank.”
“So, he should check all the British banks to see whether any such thing has happened, and he (the UK lawmaker) will be surprised that I was not being held for money laundering,” he added.