Former Nigerian Military President, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, arguably denied the UK parliamentarian’s allegation that he fled from Nigeria with a “half of the Central Bank of Nigeria”.
He denied the authencity of the MP’s claim. According to him, he said, “what the MP said is rubbish. I don’t know where he got that rubbish from, I served Nigeria didligently 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.”
During a parliamentary meeting on Monday, the UK parliament delebrated on a petition that sought to impose sanctions on Nigerian government officials in United Kingdom, who were involved in the October 20 masacre at Lekki toll gate.
One of the parliamentarians, the Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, urged the house to also add sanction on Nigerian government officials who ran to UK with a stolen wealth of their country. He cited an example of Yakubu Gowon who ran to UK after he looted half of Central Bank.
The MP said,
“WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN NIGERIA TODAY IS PART OF THAT STORY. IT IS A TRAGEDY WE ARE ALL WITNESSING BECAUSE WE SEE THINGS FALLING APART.
“THE PROBLEM THIS TIME IS NOT FOREIGN PRESSURE KNOWN AS COLONIALISM. THE PRESSURE INSTEAD IS CORRUPTION AND VIOLENCE AND ATTEMPTS AT CONTROL (OF POWER).
“WE NEED TO CALL OUT THE CORRUPTION, WE NEED TO USE THE POWERS THAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY TO STOP THOSE WHO ARE PROFITING FROM THE WEALTH OF THAT GREAT NATION AND HIDING IT HERE.
“NOW SOME PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER WHEN GENERAL GOWON LEFT NIGERIA, HE TOOK HALF OF THE CENTRAL BANK, SO IT IS SAID, AND MOVED TO LONDON.
“WE KNOW TODAY, EVEN NOW IN THIS GREAT CITY OF OURS, THERE ARE SADLY SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN THE WEALTH OF NIGERIAN PEOPLE AND HIDDEN THEIR ILL-GOTTEN GAINS HERE.
“WE KNOW THAT OUR BANKS SADLY HAVE BEEN USED FOR THAT PROFIT OR THAT ILLEGAL TRANSFER OF ASSET AND THAT MEANS THAT THE UK IS IN A UNIQUE POSITION IN BEING ABLE TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING TO REALLY EXERT PRESSURE ON THOSE WHO HAVE ROBBED NIGERIANS.”