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#GowonAndHalfOfCBN: Fani-Kayode defends Gowon, says he’s not a thief

Indicts him of mass murder and genocide of 3 million Igbos during the civil war

A former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode has risen in defence of the former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, following the allegation by British lawmakers that he stole half of the Central Bank with him when he went on exile to the United Kingdom.

Reacting to the allegation, Mr. Fani-Kayode said that “he was NOT a thief and neither did he amass wealth for himself when he was Head of State”.

The former Aviation Minister, however, indicted Gowon “in the mass murder and genocide of 3 million Igbos during the civil war”.

Taking to his Twitter handle on Tuesday, he posted in a series of tweets:

“Whatever you may say or feel about General Yakubu Gowon it is NOT true that he took half of Central Bank with him when he went on exile to the UK & studied at Warwick University after being removed in a coup by General Murtala Mohammed.

“I have my views about Gowon and what I consider to be his role in the mass murder and genocide of 3 million Igbos during the civil war and I have often expressed it but he was NOT a thief and neither did he amass wealth for himself when he was Head of State.

“As a matter of fact he was the darling of the British Government & no Nigerian leader, living or dead, has been as close to successive British Governments as he was.

“This very young British MP is trying to revise history & demonise a man who served & protected British interests in Nigeria when he was in power more than any other & this is most dishonorable & unfair.

“The truth is that the greatest looters in the history of humanity were the British themselves & their Empire; they enslaved, looted & pillaged entire nations & continents.

“If he wants to criticise Nigerian leaders let him do so with facts and not fabricate lies in a scurrilous and essentially racist attempt to confirm the stereotyping of every Nigerian and African leader as being corrupt.

“The truth is that even though they pretend and sweep it under the carpet, there are as many corrupt British leaders, government officials & public servants today as there are Nigerian & this has always been the case.

“The difference is that they are not so obvious & brazen & they cover theirs up very well in a very sophisticated banking system which thrives on taking in dirty money and keeping it.

“Whoever this MP is should get his facts right and stick to talking about the #EndSARS protests rather than talk about our history which he evidently knows nothing about.”

Watch the British Parliamentarian accuse Gowon of stealing half of the Central Bank below:

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