Okonjo Iweala, Nigerian Finance Minister Resigns
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeriaâ€™s Minister of
Finance and Coordinator of the Economy,
tendered her letter of resignation to President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Tuesday, February
18, 2014, following the controversy
surrounding funds accrued from the sale of
crude oil, two privileged sources familiar with
the development have told THEWILL.
Her resignation was however not accepted by
President Jonathan, who assured her that
heated matter would be resolved soonest.
Okonjo-Iweala in her letter had expressed
frustration with the lack of accountability in the
petroleum sector where billions of dollars are
currently being reconciled. She also expressed
fears that her reputation was being rubbished
by the scandal.
Though Okonjo-Iweala Thursday addressed a
press conference to reassure investors that the
nationâ€™s fiscal policy would not be affected by
the suspension of CBN Governor, Lamido
Sanusi, one source told THEWILL that the
Minister is irked by the sudden suspension of
the controversial banker, who recently
disclosed that $20 billion belonging to the
federation has not been remitted by the NNPC.
Our sources insist that the Minister will exit the
Jonathan government soonest.
THEWILL tried unsuccessfully Wednesday and
today to get the Ministerâ€™s comment for this
report. Her aide, Paul Nwabuikwu did not
respond as well.
The minister has responded to
the report from The WILL and have stated
that she will continue in the office of the
minister of finance
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