Arms Deal: Everything I Did Was In The Best Interest Of The Country – Okonjo-Iweala


The immediate past Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday, insisted she was not guilty of any crime in the ongoing probe on the multi-billion dollar arms deal, as everything she did was to protect the interest of the country.

In a statement by her spokesperson, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, the former minister also alleged that unscrupulous and comprised individuals have distorted the contents of her memo to former president Goodluck Jonathan, seeking the transfer of $300 million and £5.5 million to the Office of the National Security Adviser, to portray her in bad light.

“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,” the statement read.

“For your information and a fuller understanding of the issues, please see the attached January 20 memo by Dr Okonjo-Iweala as published by some online sites. 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.”