By Henry Iheanacho
Former Military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has reacted to the allegation that he looted of Nigeria’s wealth from the Central Bank when he moved to the United Kingdom on exile after his overthrow in July 1975.
Tom Tugendhat, a member of the British parliament, made the allegation on Monday, when members of parliament debated a petition seeking sanctions against Nigerian government officials over gross human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protests.
Reacting in an interview with BBC Pidgin, Gowon, described the British lawmaker’s allegation as “rubbish”.
“What the MP said was just mere ridicule and I don’t know as to where he cooked up such statement. I served Nigeria as much as I could and my achievements during those years are available to everyone,” Gowon told BBC News Pidgin on Wednesday.
“I don’t want to talk over the matter since those who know me very well say that the MP’s statement is nothing but a mere fallacy,” the ex-military leader added.
Gowon ruled Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He was overthrown while away on a summit of the Organisation of African Unity, OAU now AU, in Kampala, Uganda.
He then moved to England to become a student at Warwick University where he studied Political science and International relations.