Nigeria demands apology from UK government over MP’s allegation against Gowon
The MP accused Mr Gowon of looting public treasury.
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ADVERTISEMENTNigeria has sought apology and retraction from the British government after a parliamentarian accused Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, of looting public treasury, Abuja has said.The British MP, Tom Tugendhat, had during a debate Tuesday on a petition regarding arbitrary use of force and brutality by Nigerian security forces said, ‘some people will remember when General Gown left Nigeria with half the Central Bank and moved to London.”
Mr Tugendhat, who is the chair of the foreign affairs committee in the British House of Commons, did not substantiate his claim with any evidence or detail.The accusation, however, became a subject of controversy in Nigeria especially on Twitter. Mr Gowon dismissed it as “rubbish”, BBC reported.
In a statement by Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, signed by Ferdinand Nwonye, the ministry’s spokesperson, on Friday, the ministry described the MP’s allegation as “outrageous and unsubstantiated.”“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Nigerian High Commission in London, immediately sought an apology and retraction of the unsubstantiated allegation from the British Government,” the statement said. headtopics.com
It added that Charlotte Pierre, the Head of Africa Department of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, had “expressed strong reservations” on Mr Tugendhat’s allegation.The statement quoted Ms Pierre as saying that, “the said comment of the MP does not reflect the views of Her Majesty’s Government and the British Government has no mechanism for controlling the actions and speeches of members of the Parliament.
The statement added that Ms Pierre urged the government and people of Nigeria to “discountenance the said comment of the MP as Her Majesty’s Government has nothing to do with it.” Read more: Premium Times »
africaupdates This government is determined to be a bigger laughing stock than it already is. First, CNN, now UK Parliament! Thieving in the name of fighting for one Nigeria. Northern thievery didn’t start today. Nigeria has become a joke so much that any country, organization can drag in the mud. We only know how to ask for apologies.
Where is the Nigeria? Thunder fire the person’s family simple 👁️👁️ Which Nigeria abeg? Which Nigeria? Thunder fire whoever takes that decision on my behalf. Wonder when the citizens of Nigerian will get an apology from the so called government 😔😔😔 Admin please stop all this nonsense Federal government and not Nigeria