By Shola Abayomi.
General Yakubu Gowon, a former military head of state, has described as rubbish the allegation that he looted half of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
A member of UK parliament, Tom Tugendhat made the allegation during a debate on the alleged shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.
Speaking during a debate by the parliament on the a petition bothering on the EndSARS crisis, Tugendhat pleaded with the United Kingdom government to call out corruption and use the power at its disposal to stop all those who illegally profit from Nigeria’s Commonwealth and hide it in foreign countries.
“Some people will remember when General Gowon left Nigeria with half of the Central Bank, so it is said, and moved to London,” Togendhat said.
However, in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday, Gowon described the allegation as “rubbish.”
According to the former Nigerian leader, “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 know that what the MP said is not true.
General Yakubu Gowon was Nigeria’s Head of State from 1966 to 1975. He led Nigeria during the 30-month turbulent civil war and was credited with spearheading the efforts to keep the country together by initiating widely applauded post-war rebuilding initiatives.