Media adviser to the former Minister of Finance, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-iweala, Paul Nwabuikwu has clarified some media reports making the rounds about the former Minister.
In a statement released and signed by Nwabuikwu, there were allegations that were not confirmed but circulating to malign the person of the former Minister who worked meritoriously.
“We want to clarify that some of the media reports alleging that the EFCC is investigating former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, are misleading and untrue. This is clear from eye witness accounts of the Budget 2016 presentation by the EFCC at the House of Representatives and gaps in the reported stories,” the statement reads.
The statement reads further that, “The headlines are misrepresentation of what the EFCC Chairman actually said during the event.
“While the headlines claimed that the EFCC Chairman, in response to a question by an APC, member Hon Razak Atunwa, stated that Dr Okonjo-Iweala is under investigation, the actual words quoted in the same reports told a very different story.”
The statement reads, “Very soon we will go into the petroleum industry. Such investigation requires that we have to build capacity, we have to bring in experts to enable us tackle what we are doing properly and the investigation must be conducted properly. We have internal lawyers and external lawyers. We have to pay insurance…”
Nwabuikwu stated further that, “The words said to have been spoken by the EFCC Chairman cannot support the lurid headlines that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is under investigation by the EFCC. The Nigerian media plays an important role in our democracy and we urge them to be fair, balanced and factual in their reports.”