Recently, one of the Members of the UK Parliament alleged that former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon stole about half of the CBN and brought the assets to London.
The Member of Parliament made this allegation while the house were discussing some of the outcomes of the ENDSARS protest and LekkiMassacre incident.
However, former Minister of Agriculture and the incumbent President of the African Development Bank, Mr Akinwunmi Adesina put out a tweet in the defence of the former military President.
“Be careful of misinformation! H.E. General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility and integrity. I know him. A great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria. His honesty and integrity are impeccable.”
Be careful of misinformation! H.E. General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility and integrity. I know him. A great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria. His honesty and integrity are impeccable. pic.twitter.com/YznYN873qH
— Akinwumi A. Adesina (@akin_adesina) November 26, 2020
Nigerians on Twitter, especially the youths took turns in tongue-lashing the former minister in reaction to his defence of Yakubu Gowon.
A man with great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility and integrity killed 3 million Nigerians. A man who couldn’t honour aburi accord instead he killed 3 million Nigerians. Sir, please with all due respect go and sleep we know our history.
— iZeus #ENDSARS (@iZeuscious) November 26, 2020
Buhari once swore on his perceived integrity that Abacha never stole. He was adamant the kleptomaniac never touched a dime of Nigeria's patrimony even while receiving funds that were repatriated from the abroad. E be like say that hoe and cutlass job don tire after you just win ?
— Excalibur (@destydan2012) November 26, 2020
For someone who didn't say anything about #LekkiMassacre, why would I take you seriously?
This same Gowon killed over 3 million people and you use those words for him? Wow… I'm from Delta state, and 700 innocent men were slaughtered in one day in Asaba. This is wickedness
— #EndBadGovernmentinNIGERIA (@DoctorEmto) November 26, 2020
Did u say great honour? Have u forgotten so quickly, the Aburi Accord? A man of ordinary honour will keep to the terms of agreement. Impeccable integrity indeed. Have u forgotten the stealing of Igbo wealth by making every Igbo get only £20 after the war? We will never forget!
— we the people! (@AkpalaPeter) November 26, 2020
That you know him, doesn't make him a man of integrity.There are people that will vouch for Satan's holiness. He should issue a statement to defend or clarify things.Testimonies from his friends & admirers like you will do him no good.This generation no longer sees any hero past.
— Ovie OSIRIS Oserivwoja (@Ovie02) November 26, 2020
Please allow Gowon to defend himself. He is alive and can simply take a flight to England and sue the MP. Face your job in ADB and don’t get yoked in a controversial matter that can taint you. Thanks!
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) November 26, 2020
So fast to defend the indefensible but never made any positive comment while government was massaging the youths who believed so much in you. Politicians and top bureaucrats, okpa wa kin.
— FS Yusuf, AMIIM (#EndSARS) (@FS_Yusuf_) November 26, 2020
In 50 years, when we honour victims of #LekkiMassacre killed by the Army under the order of C-in-C PMB, a Nigerian Elite will say: "Be careful of misinformation! H.E General Buhari, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility & integrity. I know him!"
— Charleen 💯 #Endsars (@charleychuks6) November 26, 2020
The same integrity, humility, simplicity and I know sentence was used to describe Buhari until he proved to be a disaster and the worst mistake Nigerians Ever made. You know him personally doesn't absolve him of the crimes he committed against humanity, let him defend himself.!!
— Taita (@simingi) November 26, 2020
Sir, I've admired your personality & followed ur work 4 some time now, it'd would be a great pain & loss to see u drown in a cesspool of politics
Don't stick out your neck for politicians!
Don't stake your beautiful career 4 them!
Regards to ur beautiful wife
— Akintunde Bello🇳🇬 (@akinz03) November 26, 2020
A man of integrity would not have backtracked on the Aburi Accord.
— Ebube (@ebubec1) November 26, 2020
Thankfully Gowon is still alive and lucid, i believe he can put up a defence backed with documents for himself, facts don't lie, but we need to see it.
This kind of tweet sir, amounts to "trying to paint him white" in our experience, it is done when the person has case to answer
— Oga Pharmacist 💊 (@gospel59) November 26, 2020
@akin_adesina You were not a part of his administration – so I doubt if you can fully vouch for what he did during his time. Secondly, you are not his spokesman. Let him sue the MP if he knows he is as clean as a whistle. That was how some people said Abacha never stole.
— #EndSARS #20.10.2020🕯️#EndBadGovernanceInNigeria (@PelumiOlugbenga) November 26, 2020