Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has warned Nigeria to be wary of misinformation and not take take everything they hear hook, line and sinker.
Adesina warning is coming on the heels of allegation of grand larceny leveled against Yakubu Gowon, a former military head of state.
Gowon recently became a subject of hotly debated issue as his propriety was called into question following allegation that he looted half of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) when he was in office.
The former military head of state ruled between 1966 and 1975 before he was ousted in a bloodless military coup.
Tom Tugendhat, a member of the United Kingdom parliament, had referenced an allegation that Gowon looted Nigeria’s treasury while in office.
Speaking at the UK parliament committee debate on a petition on the #EndSARS crisis, Tugendhat asked the UK to call out corruption and use its powers to crush those who steal Nigeria’s wealth and stash them away in foreign countries.
“Some people will remember when General Gowon left Nigeria with half of the Central Bank, so it is said, and moved to London,” he said.
Reacting in a tweet on Thursday, Adesina Adesina said Gowon was a man of impeccable character.
He described Gowon as a “great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria”, adding that 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,” he tweeted.