Former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has made some startling revelations in her new book titled, “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous – The Story Behind the Headlines”
She revealed how former President, Goodluck Jonathan showed genuine concern for the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls. She reveals that contrary to the position of then opposition party APC, President Jonathan made efforts to rescue the girls.
In her revelation, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala said that then President Jonathan had called her on the phone while she was in Mexico City on April 15, 2014, just one day after the incident. Jonathan was deeply concerned about the kidnap of the schoolgirls by Islamists terrorist group, Boko Haram.
“When the President came to the phone, he sounded tired. It was easy to sense the fatigue in his voice. I told him what I had heard in Mexico and the reaction of the participants.
“The President confirmed that the kidnapping had happened, that they were still trying to determine with the state authorities exactly what happened, and that the total number of girls taken was still not known.”
According to her, President Jonathan said “Come, we must get those girls out alive. I don’t care what they say about me. But I don’t want those girls dead. We must get them back alive.”
Also in her book, she revealed how governors in the opposition wanted to quickly share proceeds from the Excess Crude Account. Further revealing how she was attacked numerously by irate governors and over her stance in saving for the rainy day
The governors were in a hurry to share the money and attacked her because she held a counter opinion.
She held that she became reluctant to attend NEC meeting because of the constant attacks on her person.