Charles Soludo said in his last RESPONSE to the finance minister, Okonjo that at least N30 trillion of Nigeria’s money has ‘either been stolen or unaccounted for, or grossly mismanaged over the last few years’ under Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The former CBN governor, released a statement today saying that the money doesn’t include about N8.6 trillion the African Union claims is stolen from Nigeria annually.
Below is statement released by Charce Soludo
I STAND BY MY STATEMENTS
1. My attention has been drawn to statements credited to the Hon. Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in response to my latest article and call for a structured debate on the issues. According to the report, she no longer wants to join issues with me. In the circumstance of the moment, I therefore withhold parts two and three of my promised three-part response.
2. Let me also state for the avoidance of doubt that I stand by every statement I made in the two articles viz: (1) “Buhari Vs Jonathan: Beyond the Elections”; and (2) “Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Missing Trillions”. In particular, I insist that over N30 trillion has either been stolen or unaccounted for, or grossly mismanaged over the last few years. This figure does not include the estimated $40.9 billion (N8.6 trillion at parallel market exchange rate or nearly two years’ Federal Government budget) which the African Union’s (AU) recent report claims to be “stolen” from Nigeria each year.