- Former Nigeria's minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has blasted Femi Gbajabiamila over his recent comment on Iweala's book
- Femi Gbajabiamila, a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives had said that he was not aware that lawmakers took a bribe
- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had in her book disclosed how the executive branch of government was forced to part with N17b, in order for lawmakers to pass the 2015 budget
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigeria's minister of finance, has blasted Femi Gbajabiamila, a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives over claims that the former minister and her aides inserted their own projects into the 2015 budget.
The former minister on Sunday, May 27 on her Facebook page, blasted the lawmaker saying Gbajabiamila's claims were inaccurate.
Recall that the minister had in her book, ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines’, revealed the arm-twisting that characterised budget passage by the National Assembly during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Lashing out at the lawmaker, she wrote: "It has come to my attention that mischief makers are again trying to distort what is written in my book, ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: the Story Behind the Headlines’, for their own political purposes.
"One more time, It is important that people read the book for themselves. In the case of the N17billion, the book does not talk of bribe. It indicates that lawmakers increased the budget by N17billion and we had to accept that to move on; hence, the term “price to pay”.
"The reason for discussing what happened is that this approach needs to change. The country must clear up and clarify its budget process for the future to improve. Those like Hon Gbajabiamiala trying to introduce lies that myself and my aides put in our own projects and lawmakers were fighting with me on that basis are playing their usual cynical games and Nigerians are tired of that!
"Lies obscure the country’s problems and do not allow us to improve. There were and there still are politicians in the National Assembly trying to do the right thing. The book also points that out. Such well-meaning legislators should not allow their strident colleagues to twist matters and divert attention from the need to improve the country’s budget process so our young people can see a better side of their country.
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NAIJ.com had reported that Femi Gbajabiamila, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, said that he was not aware that lawmakers took a bribe, as a former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, alleged in her book.
Okonjo-Iweala, in her book, 'Fighting corruption is dangerous: The story behind the headlines', revealed the blackmail and arm-twisting that characterised budget passage by the National Assembly during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
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