The immediate past Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to order.
Earlier, we reported that the Edo governor called for the prosecution of Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala and other members of the Goodluck Jonathan administration for their alleged role in extra-budgetary spending involving arms procurement.
In a statement signed by her media adviser, Paul Nwabuikwu, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala decried the latest attempt by Mr. Oshiomhole to link her name to the alleged $2.1 billion arms scandal.
The Minister insisted that she has absolutely nothing to do with the issue.
Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala noted that it is an abuse of public office, the judicial process and her human rights for Oshiomhole, whom she claimed to have stopped from taking what she termed a “highly suspicious” N15 billion loan, to make false allegations against her while hiding under the umbrella of constitutional immunity for state governors.
“As recently confirmed by the Debt Management Office, professional analysis showed that Oshiomhole’s loan request which was based on using low interest World Bank loan to offset high interest commercial loans would have left Edo state with a heavy debt burden and the state would have found it very difficult to pay back”, the statement said.
The statement added that it is unconscionable for the governor to embark on a campaign of lies against her because she thwarted his dubious loan request even as she described his unsubstantiated allegations as a cynical personalization of the anti-corruption campaign to achieve ignoble objectives.
Mr. Nwabuikwu informed the Edo governor and his ilk that the former minister has briefed her lawyers and that she is ready to explore all legal means, local and international, to defend her name against corrupt and compromised persons.
According to him, it has become a pattern of behavior that each time Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is internationally recognized, Governor Oshiomole and his cohorts embark on a cynical and devious ploy of trying to pull her down locally.
“Just last night, December 1st, Dr Okonjo-Iweala was honored at a high profile event attended by Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton. Dr Okonjo Iweala was honored alongside Michael Bloomberg, Bill and Melinda Gates and Mo Ibrahim for their contributions to global development and humanity.
“Gov Oshiomole and his cohorts should realize that their ill-motivated attempts to taint Dr Okonjo Iweala’s reputation will never succeed!” Nwabuikwu declared