N30 Trillion can’t go missing under Okonjo-Iweala, – Nuhu Ribadu defends her

February 4, 2015 9:34 am

Former EFCC Chairman and PDP Governorship candidate in Adamawa state,
says the allegation by former CBN Governor Charles Soludo
that N30trn had gone missing under the watch of the Minister of Finance
and Coordinating Minister of the economy, wasn’t

In an interview with NAN, Nuhu Ribadu said it was not possible to have
such a huge amount of money go missing in an office she assumed about
three to four years ago…

“I was baffled and got deluded for anyone to say that N30 trillion got
lost. I think we just have to look at what we earn as a country and what
our budget had been in these few years and see how possible it is. If
everything we earned is not up to that within the period she has been
the minister, which is about three to four years, then we need to be
careful. We need to be careful to avoid more damage to our nation,
because there are certain things that when it comes out, it will never
go back again.”.

Mr Ribadu argued that the Minister of Finance has an impeccable record
having monitored her while she was minister under Former President
Olusegun Obasanjo

“I challenge anybody to say that she stole N1 at that time; we were all
there. I was in charge of EFCC and I want to hear anybody say that she
did this and that. I followed her up till now. I think it is somehow
uncharitable for someone to come out to say that such an amount of money
was missing under her watch. When I worked with her, she exhibited a
nationalistic attitude that was not questionable and believed in any
policy that could take and its people high. I am close to almost
all of us that worked together as a team and I know that Ngozi
continues to do what she knows how best to do, which is to serve
Nigeria. She managed this economy fairly in spite of all the challenges
and difficulties; it is sad for someone to look at Ngozi and said that
she has a hand in it (alleged missing funds). This pull-down syndrome
has to stop and we must manage ourselves very well; I am not happy now
with what is going on and I think that if it is politics, I think it is
something that is hurting us as people and hurting the economy as well,”
he said.

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