The Federal Government, on Tuesday, scoffed at the recent debate by the UK parliament, in which it not only recommended sanctions for its officials but, accused former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon of massive corruption.
Before the recommendations against key government functionaries over their roles in the #EndSARS protests that rocked the country in October, where soldiers were accused of violently putting down the protests by killing some of the agitators, one of the parliamentarians, identified as Tom Tugendhat, accused Gowon of taking half of the Central Bank of Nigeria and salting it away in the UK.
But debunking the allegation, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at a meeting with online publishers in Lagos on Tuesday, described the debate by the members of the House of Commons as a knee jerk reaction, informed by fake news and disinformation.
He particularly chastised Tugendhat, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee for making the allegation against Gowon, whom he said served Nigeria with the best of his ability, dismissing his comments as “ignorant’’ and “flippant.”
Hear him: “It is most disheartening that parliamentarians in a country with a history of upholding the finest ideals of democracy will act in such an uninformed manner on an issue such as EndSARS. The quality of the debate at the British Parliament on EndSARS was under par.
“Fake accusations based on fake news and disinformation were levelled against the Federal Government by poorly-informed participants at the debate.
“One MP even accused former Nigerian leader, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), who served this country to the best of his ability, of stealing half of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“Sheer Ignorance! The flippant MP, who unfortunately chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons, did a great disservice to himself, the committee he chairs and the entire parliament by allowing himself to be misled by fake news exponents.”
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