Former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, has come out to debunk claims that he looted of Nigeria’s wealth from the Central Bank when he moved to the United Kingdom on exile after his overthrow in July 1975.
This follows after Tom Tugendhat, a member of the British parliament accused General Yakubu Gowon on Monday, of stealing half of the Central Bank of Nigeria during the debate of a petition seeking sanctions against Nigerian government officials in regards to the Lekki Toll Gate Shooting.
However, reacting to the claims in an interview with BBC Pidgin, General Gowon rather described the British lawmaker’s allegation as “rubbish”, adding that he had served his country with diligence.
In his own words,
“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 to know that what the MP said is not true”
Gowon was the Head of State of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975 when he was overthrown while away on a summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in Kampala, Uganda.