A British lawmaker, Tom Tugendhat, has been challenged by a former Nigerian military ruler, Yakubu Gowon, for accusing him of stealing half of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Tugendhat made the claims during a debate on the shootings of protesters at the Lekki tollbooth.
Gowon told Channels Television that he was disappointed by the legislator’s claims and challenged him (the MP) to verify his (Gowon) records during and after he served as Head of State.
“It is certainly surprising, and I am disappointed that a British MP could make such a statement without verifying the facts of what he was saying,” Gowon said. “I was honestly disappointed that such a comment was made.
The record of my service to the nation is there for all to see, even the British government itself, and I don’t know how anyone got the information to make such a ridiculous statement. ” he said. The former military leader asked the British authority to do something and bring the legislator to order, to verify his facts before making such an allegation.
Gowon sees the accusations as more or less an insult to “Nigerian leadership and certainly an insult to me to say that I did something of the sort to take over half of the Central Bank of Nigeria and should have put it in a British bank.
“So he should check all the UK banks to see if something like this has happened, and he (the UK legislator) will be surprised that I was not held for money laundering,”He added.