Former Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has released a memo, which was sent to former President Goodluck Jonathan, to seek approval for the request for funds by the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA).
Okonjo-Iweala has of late, been accused of being complicit in the illegal diversion of funds meant for the procurement of arms and ammunition for the armed forces.
Former NSA, Sambo Dasuki, has been charged as the primary suspect in the arms deal fraud of about $2.1 billion.
To abstain herself of any wrongdoing, the former Minister released on Friday, December 11, the memo dated January 20, in which she sought Jonathan’s approval of $330 million and £5.5 million, requested by Dasuki’s office.
“For the past week, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and other compromised persons and media have embarked on a campaign of falsehood against Dr Okonjo-Iweala.
They have distorted the contents of the January 20 memo in which she responded to a request by the former National Security Adviser and quoted selectively from the document to make their false allegations of “illegal diversion” of funds.”
“For your information and a fuller understanding of the issues, please see the January 20 memo by Dr Okonjo-Iweala as published.
It confirms that Dr Okonjo-Iweala is a transparent person of integrity and patriotic professional who worked hard to protect the interest of the country and that her accusers are purveyors of falsehood on a political mission to tarnish an innocent patriot”, the accompanying statement said.