Prosecute Iweala for betraying Nigeria – APC Chieftain

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A chieftain of the ruling All Pro­gressives Congress, Chief Os­ita Okechukwu has called for the prosecution of former minister of finance during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala over the current plight of Nigerians.

Okechukwu made the call while reacting to a statement in which the former minister purportedly, indict­ed the former president, describing the statement as a confession of guilt.
In a swift reaction however, a me­dia aide of the former minister, Paul Nwabuikwu debunked the allegation that Iweala indicted Jonathan saying she did not indict the administration in served.

In the words of Okechukwu, “It is not just a statement, it is self-con­fession of Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-IWEALA, immediate past Minister of Finance to the effect that she failed woefully to save Nigeria’s humongous Crude Oil Windfall under her watch, in an economy which ex-president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, innocent­ly handed over to her to coordinate. Please it is self-confession.’

“Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-IWEA­LA should be prosecuted for her conspiracy in squandering the hu­mongous Crude Oil Windfall which accrued under her watch as Minister of Finance and the Coordinator of the economy.’

“My understanding is that ex-president Jonathan handed over the economy for our sister to manage be­cause of her acclaimed international pedigree. A World Bank renowned economist and one who bided for World Bank President has no ex­cuse; for her to remain in office while the profligacy was going on, in other words supervised the bazaar, and re­fused to resign in honour, she should be jailed,” he said.

On the claims that she was not the President and the buck didn’t stop at her desk, Mr Okechukwu said: “Give me a break. Ngozi could should have resigned, that’s the path of honour and rectitude. It is easy to sit in her com­fort zone in the United States and plot an escape route from the economic ad­versity she unleashed on Nigerians. I’m not defending the ex-president, but let the truth be told. Jonathan is now the bad guy, while she is the saint. Did she cry out loud or resign”.

Okechukwu holding brief for Iweala in a statement made available to The AUTHORITY on Saturday said contrary to the slant of given by the media to Iweala comment she did not indict the former president.

“Rather, she was referring to what many Nigerians already know: the strong opposition by some governors to the Jonathan government’s efforts to save in the Excess Crude Account and the Sovereign Wealth Fund sabo­taged this important national priority.

“The governors’ criticism of Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s many calls for the country to save for the rainy day are still fresh in the minds of Nigerians.

“It will be recalled that this op­position culminated in the Governors taking the Jonathan government to the Supreme Court in furtherance of their position that the Federal Gov­ernment had no right to “compel” them to save.

“So the issue of Okonjo-Iweala in­dicting the Jonathan administration over this very public issue simply does not arise,” he said.

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