“A baseless fiction totally devoid of even a semblance of truth" - Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance has categorically denied the allegation reported by Wikkileaks that she conveyed a $50 million contract to her brother as "Baseless and Fictional."
Speaking on her behalf in a statement, the Special Assistant to the minister, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu rejected the alleged Wikileaks cable, that reported that Okonjo-Iweala 'ferried' a $50 million contract to her brother through Mr. Nasir EL-Rufa, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
The statement issued by Nwabuikwu described the Wikkileaks Report as “a baseless fiction totally devoid of even a semblance of truth. To say the obvious, his reference to Dr Okonjo-Iweala in this story lacks substance and credibility. The story is based on two sentences in the alleged Wikileaks cable allegedly uttered by an unidentified person alleging that Dr Okonjo-Iweala “steered” contracts worth $50m to her brother for “consulting work” in 2004.”
Wikileaks cable- Report stated that Minister Okonjo-Iweala had a brother named 'Jon-Jon' that was allegedly awarded a "consulting" contract. But the issued statement denied of any brother by such a name and maintained that there was no contract given to any relative of the minister.
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Reacting to the allegation, Nasir EL-Rufa, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, who was mentioned in the Wikileaks report as the alleged middle man denied the so-called $50 Million contract as without merit. Nasir EL-Rufa said, "How can I as FCT minister influence award of contracts of 50 mill dollars (N5bn) in the Ministry of Finance to Ngozi’s brothers? That is utter nonsense. The entire capital budget of MoF cannot be near that amount!"
On the misinformation circulating in one online-website that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was let go from her position during former President Obasanjo administration as result of benefiting from the Paris Club settlement; the statement said, “One of the many reasons Dr Okonjo-Iweala enjoys such a high standing internationally is the fact that she has been thoroughly investigated and cleared by the most respected security agencies in the world. With Okonjo-Iweala, what you see is what you get. Anything else is fiction.”
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala played a key and central role in Nigeria's 2006 Paris Club debt exit and utilized her superior expertise to acquire 18% write-off on Nigerian debt.