Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has lambasted British Member of Parliament Tom Tugendhat who alleged he looted the Central Bank of Nigeria when he was Nigeria’s military ruler.
Speaking on Monday while contributing to a debate on the floor of UK parliament on the recent #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and the possibility of imposing sanctions on the country, Tugendhat accused the former Nigerian leader of looting the country’s apex bank while he was a military Head of state.
It was a most frontal attack on the former head of state who now promotes the Nigeria Pray movement.
Gowon responded to Tugendhat claims in an interview with BBC describing the allegation as ”rubbish”.
He wondered where Tugendhat got his information from.
The former head of state said: “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.”
Gowon’s compatriots have also risen in his defence, the latest being the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina.
In a tweet on Wednesday night, he warned Nigerians not to fall for Tugendhat misinformation and described Gowon as a man of integrity.
“Be careful of misinformation! H.E. General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility, and integrity.
“I know him. A great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria. His honesty and integrity are impeccable,” Adesina said.