Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has described as false and baseless, a recent report by an online news platform Sahara Reporters, that she handed over a “dossier of corrupt deals” perpetrated by the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.
A statement by the media adviser to the former minister, Paul Nwabuikwu, described the report as a sponsored lie.
Nwabuikwu admitted that the attacks are expected to continue given that the individuals are bent on a political and personal vendetta against Okonjo-Iweala.
“Why are they angry? It is simply because she tried to bring integrity and transparency to the management of Nigeria’s public finances which obviously did not suit their interests. The news medium, which has a long history of publishing falsehoods and distortions against Okonjo-Iweala, is a paid tool of these individuals.
“But the lies of the online newspaper and its cohorts will never stop Okonjo-Iweala from loving her country or make her regret serving it, not once but twice.As always, we are confident that the truth shall prevail,” she added.
Sahara Reporters had alleged that: “Okonjo-Iweala, has stated that former President Jonathan asked her to withdraw more than $1.2 billion from the excess crude account.
“In an attempt to curry favour with the new government, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala recently directed officials of her polling agency, NOI Polls, to give President Buhari a 70 percent approval rating among Nigerians.”