‘He Is Not A Hero’ – Nigerians React To UK Parliament Member’s Claim That Yakubu Gowon Stole Half Of CBN (Video)


United Kingdom parliament has on Monday November 23, debated a petition seeking to impose sanctions on Nigerian Government officials involved in the shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate on October 20.

The debate stemmed from a petition started by Silas Ojo which garnered more than 220,000 signatories, crossing the 100,000 mark needed for a petition to be debated by the lawmakers.

One of the highlights of the debate was moment a member of the parliament urged his government to place sanctions on Nigerians who flee to UK with ill-gotten wealth.

He also spoke about Nigeria’s former military ruler, Yakubu Gowon’s alleged looting of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Yakubu Gowon known as Jack who served as the head of state of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He ruled during the deadly Nigerian Civil War, which resulted in the death of 3 million people, most of which were civilians.

He took power after the 1966 Nigerian counter-coup and was overthrown in the 1975 coup d’état.

The lawmaker said;

What we are seeing in Nigeria today is part of that story. It is a tragedy we are all witnessing because we see things falling apart.

The problem this time is not foreign pressure known as colonialism. The pressure instead is corruption and violence and attempts at control (of power).

We need to call out the corruption, we need to use the powers that we have in this country to stop those who are profiting from the wealth of that great nation and hiding it here.

 He added;

Now some people will remember when general Gowon left Nigeria, he took half of the Central Bank, so it is said, and moved to London.

We know today, even now in this great city of ours, there are sadly some people who have taken the wealth of Nigerian people and hidden their ill-gotten gains here.

We know that our banks sadly have been used for that profit or that illegal transfer of asset and that means that the UK is in a unique position in being able to actually do something to really exert pressure on those who have robbed Nigerians.

Watch the video below;

The lawmaker’s comment about Gowon’s alleged looting has sparked reaction from many Nigerians. They expressed disbelieve and disappointment at the news as they stated that Gowon is often praised as an hero who fought for Nigeria’s democracy.

See some reactions below;

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