Controversy trails allegations of ‘Gowon looting CBN’



Controversy trails allegations of ‘Gowon looting CBN’


By John Eche


Controversy is trailing allegations by a British Member of Parliament that former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon had made away with about half of the funds in the Central Bank of Nigeria upon his exit from power.


The MP who made the claim during the hearing of a petition to sanction the Nigerian authorities over their handling of the #EndSARS protests, was speaking while addressing the substantive issue under discussion on the floor of Parliament.


Since then however, there has been a wide swirl of reactions, even as the subject has continued to trend on social media.


A collateral part of the debate has seen a lot of people reacting to an attempt by former Kaduna State Senator, Shehu Sani, to fault the MP’s claim.

‘Uwaya Isimemen

Replying to

Sounds familiar? What we have today is constant alert from the dead man. Let Gowon speak for himself afterall he is still alive, sound and healthy.’


In his post on twitter, Sani had opined:


‘Senator Shehu Sani
General Yakubu Gowon; The claim of ‘looting the CBN’ made by the British Minister for Africa as represented by Mr James Duddridge against Gen Gowon is nothing but outright falsehood. Gowon exited power without any evidence of wealth & that remains, for over four decades after power.


However, Sani’s critics are arguing that Gowon, rather than Sani, should speak directly to the allegation. But there are also others who tend to agree with Sani that there is indeed no evidence to confirm the allegation:


Dr. Gbolabo Onasanya #freeLeahsharibu

Replying to

Gowon remains a poor man till date When he was ousted he went to UK for PhD If he has stolen such humongous amount of money as claimed, he must be stupendously rich till date’
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