- AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina has defended Yakubu Gowon over the allegation against him by a British lawmaker
- The lawmaker had accused the former military head of state of stealing half of the CBN when he was overthrown
- Adesina, however, countered the allegation, saying Gowon is a man of integrity and honesty
Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has reacted to the claim by a British lawmaker, Tom Tugendhat, that Yakubu Gowon looted half of Nigeria's central bank when he was overthrown in 1975.
Tugendhat, a member of the British parliament, made the allegation on Monday, November 23, when British lawmakers debated a petition calling for sanctions against Nigeran government officials allegedly involved in human rights abuses amid the #EndSARS protests.
However, Adesina who is Nigeria's former minister of agriculture described the allegation as misinformation in a tweet he posted on Thursday, November 26.
According to the AfDB president, Gowon who is Nigeria's former military head of state is an admirable elder statesman with impeccable honesty and integrity.
The tweet reads:
"Be careful of misinformation! H.E. General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility and integrity. I know him. A great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria. His honesty and integrity are impeccable."
Yakubu Gowon replies UK lawmaker
The former military leader has also issued a response to the British lawmaker, describing the allegation as "rubbish" and untrue.
The former head of state said he served Nigeria diligently and the record is there for everyone to see.
He added that he did not know who sponsored the lawmaker to make such allegation against him.
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The former Nigerian leader added that he would not want to speak further on the issue as those who know him well understand that the allegation is not true.
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