Former Nigeria head of state, Yakubu Gowon, has fired back at a member of the UK Parliament, Tom Tugendhat,for accusing him of stealing “half of the Central Bank of Nigeria,” and took it to UK.
Speaking during ain interview with BBC, Gowon said that those who know him very well know that the allegation is completely false.
Tugendhat had said during a debate in the parliament that “we know that today, even now, in this great city of ours, there are, sadly, some people who have taken from the Nigerian people and hidden their ill-gotten gains here.” He said Gowon was one of them. According to him, Gowon took half of the CBN to the UK.
However, in an interview with the BBC, Gowon described the allegations as “rubbish”.
Gowon said: “I did not want to speak on this issue because people that know me know that what the MP said is not true.”
Gowon was Nigeria:s military ruler from 1966 to 1975.