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“Nothing to Hide”…Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reveals Full #DasukiGate Memo

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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala‘s press team has shared this;

For the past week, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and other compromised persons and media have embarked on a campaign of falsehood against Dr Okonjo-Iweala. They have distorted the contents of the January 20 memo in which she responded to a request by the former National Security Adviser and quoted selectively from the document to make their false allegations of “illegal diversion” of funds.

For your information and a fuller understanding of the issues, please see the attached January 20 memo by Dr Okonjo-Iweala as published by some online sites. It confirms that Dr Okonjo-Iweala is a transparent person of integrity and patriotic professional who worked hard to protect the interest of the country and that her accusers are purveyors of falsehood on a political mission to tarnish an innocent patriot.

NOI MEMO NSA

Background
Former National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki is currently being investigated for illegally “diverting” funds meant for arms deals to beef up National Security and fight Boko Haram. This week, an investigative report by Premium Times alleged that “Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, illegally approved the transfer of at least N61.4 billion ($300 million and £5.5 million) from funds recovered from late dictator, Sani Abacha, to the Office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, few weeks to the 2015 presidential election”

They went on to say that
“The former Minister signed off on the transfer but then closed her eyes to how the funds were spent, requesting then President Goodluck Jonathan to directly demand accountability from Mr. Dasuki, according to documents seen by this newspaper.”
The former Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister of the Economy has denied the allegations.

Portions of the memo which allegedly outlines the signoff have been online for a few hours and now the full version has been released by NOI.

42 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    December 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Madam thank you. All well meaning Nigerians know that it is a political witch hunt. This memo has proved my convictions that El Rufai and Oshiomole are as devious as they are evil. Many are praying for you OkonjoIweala that God would protect and keep defending you as He has always done. The only reason these evil men would be after you is because you indeed have kept a clean hand and have nothing to hide. God bless you.

    • Another Mimi

      December 13, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      @ Anonymous. It is not a witch hunt if she approved some of the misappropriated funds. They are asking her questions because she more than most know how much was actually misspent/ stole. She might not have personally taken any of it. But She is highly competent and too competent not to know. Although she is not trustworthy either to Nigeria or anyone else but her self.

  2. Anonymous

    December 11, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Praise God for this full memo. It is now clear to me that this present administration has no idea of what they are doing. This woman is wise beyond her age. Anyone that reads this can fully appreciate the line she walked in balancing the needs of the country at the time of Boko Haram’s relentless attacks and the development needs of the nation. In my opinion El Rufai and Oshiomole should be ashamed of themselves for trying to manipulate the country against OkonjoIweala. Shame on those men.

  3. Anonymous

    December 11, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I wish more ministers would be held to the kind of standard OkonjoIweala has been held to. Every time she has proved why she is a class act and Nigeria’s most notable figure of international repute. Methinks the more these men fight the woman the more the international community promotes her.

  4. Anonymous

    December 11, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Ok now.. Oshiomole and El Rufai shame on you for lying and manipulating the media. Maybe I will support the online media gag after this. The lies these men spread online against this woman is just criminal. So this is the full memo so can someone tell me again what all the noise was about? Shame that a country of intelligent people will be spoken for by low lives like Oshiomole and el Rufai.

    • Steve

      December 11, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      You need to take several chills. First of all this letter has been in the public domain since and sad that BN just got a hold of it claiming it was portion of the letter that was real eased earlier (maybe to get traffic or seem more legit). Mr. Anonymous, people have brains of their own and have access to more inside happenings in Naija and also how the government works.. No matter the amount you receive or the epistle you write on their article.. People would still think what they want to think. Please advise NOI to give us an elaborate explanation of things and that’s all.. She doesn’t have to wait to be called out before says or does anything.. Not a good quality of a leader.

  5. Lekan Adele

    December 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Firstly, Mr. Anonymous, we know you are a part of NOI’s Public Relations Machine. Secondly, this doesnt absolve NOI. There are rules to disbursement of funds for government use whether or not it comes from a special account. On one hand you have shown that your sought permission to disbursement, on the other you have incriminated yourself.

    • Anonymous

      December 11, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      @Lekan it must be painful that Nigerians like me have not been deceived by the lies of propagandists. Abeg tell us the rules if you know them. But let me guess you are as ignorant as they come so you throw around words like rules to hide the embarrassment that you, a paid APC hand ( exercising my equal opportunity accusation) is under as a result of this memo. Light does expose the works of darkness! The fact is that light has been shed by this memo and so all the lies have been decimated. What next for the propaganda prone rulers? And by the way so it is no longer that she diverted funds as the online liars claimed but it is that there is some wrongdoing? Hahahha. All liars have no shame indeed. So even when caught you shift your position just to continue to propagate you hatred infused possibly tribally motivated lies. Poor you. No one knows your name but OkonjoIweala continues to be the toast of the world. As a Naija woman myself I applaud her. A woman taking on the illiterate men ( Oshiomole and El Rufai) wow! It must hurt in a chauvinistic the world men of low repute like you hide in. It is the age of intellectual superiority. Bring it on.

    • Sugar

      December 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Who are you ma? I love you…. Thanks for teaching “Dumb Lekan” social studies.

  6. Ama

    December 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    What a bundle of retarded comments. Little wonder you are anonymous. So this memo makes sense to you?! That a coordinating Minister of the Economy would release such huge funds and seek that the accounting of such money be made to another person? You are more that silly.

    • Ijebujesha

      December 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      You are so abusive yet simple comprehension, you are not capable of. Maybe you should call the nearest JSS 2 student around you to interprete the content of that letter because it is glaring that English is a problem for you.Where in that letter suggests that NOI released funds and sought for accounting to another person? Simple sentences, an olodo brain will complicate it for themselves.

    • Anonymous

      December 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      @ Ama I feel your frustration. THat is what happens when your brain has been fried by propaganda and you are fired up to almost boiling point and then it all crumbles suddenly and you realize what a fool you have been to have believed a lie. Poor you. It is a typical symptom you are displaying. Yes a coordinating minister for the economy can release such huge sums and yes the president she reported to can authorize such releases ( Buhari by the way has been authorizing his own left right and center) and yes it is all within the powers and laws of the country. Poor you. Look for another lie to feed yourself on cos this one has been burst . Next.

    • Segi

      December 11, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Sweetie, the paid per post folks couldn’t wait for the post to land to provide their lame comments. Like seriously, how do these memos absolve her of any responsibility. Does she not have any moral values or principles? Acting under an authority amidst rot indicate she gave her approval to the corruption by not speaking out or resigning. Afterall, Sanusi did just that. Madam you have no principle and you’re part of the cancer corruption. You silence was consent to corruption!

  7. Anonymous

    December 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Oshomole and El- Rufai bum bum will soon blow. Always ranting like kids and illiterates. They should go and learn decorum.

  8. Laila

    December 11, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Hmmmm. Those ‘Anonymous’ comments sound like a stand-by laptop crew, lol! Una dey wait di article before? On ur marks get set…..get paid???, haha!!!!

  9. ola

    December 11, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Bellanaija….please try do your site in a way people wont be able to like comments more than once……cos this stupid anonymous wrote a comment and was just liking the comments by itself……i use itself cos i no know if na man or woman…….lol

    • Buharis's Side Chick

      December 11, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      You see your life @Ola? On BN, you cannot like your own comment more than once. Why not make some sense so that plenty people can like your comment too? I hate jealous people. You cannot make sense yet, you beef those who do?

      BN comments are boring oo. Where is @ Warizdiz, +nene, @FasholasLover, @ Jayboogie, @Kikikiki, @Taipan etc. where are all those fire crackers???????

    • jayboogie

      December 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      lol. Right here .

  10. Teris

    December 11, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    governance and the politics behind it is very dangerous and tricky.
    while the doc may show that she did not release money without the boss being in the know, she did make a case for it.
    her recommendation, her belief that everything was on the up’n’up. in Nigeria. under a PDP govt. during an electioneering season.

    i respect NOI, but she can’t keep playing this “i am innocent” card. she shud save it for the judge if it comes to that.
    i pray to God for wisdom for me shud my path take such a turn cos the truth is when u dine with the devil u must be sure to use a long spoon.
    politics is no game for innocents and the naive.
    and – as i am coming to understand – even if u choose not to play, that will not stop others from playing you as a piece.

  11. ak

    December 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    You see the problem with this nation: We lack BASIC UNDERSTANDING

    Minister of Finance’s JOB is NOT to monitor how another ministry or agency spends their money…. No the JOB is to budget, find ways to gather funds for fiscal use, and so on…

    Also, Dasuki was National Security Adviser TO the president

    Let me repeat National Security Adviser to who? to the PRESIDENT.

    What does that mean?

    He reports to the President.

    Okonjo didn’t do anything wrong… Dasuki came to her to ask for money, and she drafted a letter to inform the president of where she can get the money from (which is her job)

    Anything else is OVERSABI. Plain and simple…

    Lets put the blame where it should be:

    on Jonathan’s ineptitude
    On EFCC ineptitude
    On Dasuki’s greed
    On a lack of efficient monitoring parastatals.

    Plain and simple

    • Oma

      December 11, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      GOD BLESSSSSSSSS YOU. BETTER PIKIN

    • Anonymous

      December 11, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      She was COORDINATING MINISTER OF THE ECONOMY, not finance minister! !!. She is so responsible!

    • slice

      December 12, 2015 at 1:42 am

      unless there is concrete evidence against this woman, people really need to let it rest. we like cruficifyin our leaders. not everyone is a thief

  12. Ibinabo

    December 11, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    300 million USD… how many are we in Nigeria sef? 1million USD will change lives for ever!!!! Why are these politicians so evil??? There’s love in sharing.

    • ElessarisElendil

      December 12, 2015 at 1:56 am

      Nah it’ll just drive up inflation………..which is a bad thing.

  13. Bee

    December 11, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    This is interesting! I am sure both Dr Jo and Dr Ok agreed to the memo before it was written. All na game. She knows where it will end and that is why she kept a copy of the memo. I am sure she has more with her in the US. If you are this clean, come home to explain. May God save Nigeria.

    • Simi

      December 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Exactly, why keep a personal copy of an official memo. I have heard it said that ‘memos are often written to absolve the writer from blame rather than to actually give information’. In that regard, this memo was carefully worded for such a day as this. I know I have done it before! And by that I mean write a simple nicely worded letter which the recipient (based on our current cordial relationship) would never guess that can used later on to shift the blame if the need arises. ‘Owo mi re, funfun nene’ things.
      I also question the ambiguity of ‘enable purchase of ammunition, security and other intelligence equipment … to fully confront the ongoing Boko Haram threat. One can only hope that the actual request made by the NSA had more detail. The implication of NOI in these matters make me question everything I used to believe, man.

  14. Josephine

    December 11, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Its good to put things in writing and keep records. You

  15. Josephine

    December 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    …never know when it will be useful.

  16. xplorenollywood.com

    December 11, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    While I agreed that her position is more of a budgetary one and not supervision, are we saying that the monies given out aren’t meant to be accounted for? When an audit is carried out, is she just going to say money was given to NSA, check them for the weapons they bought? Shouldn’t she have an oversight of what the money was used for? It is well!!!

  17. Akpeno

    December 11, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    BOSS Lady! This woman is SHREWD!

    This is why I always save my emails and INSIST on everything in writing! So when people try to throw me under the bus I don’t say much I simply find the email, attach to a new email and say please see attached… No need for too much talk.

  18. Mama Ijebu

    December 11, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    @ak…..You are too much! Chop knuckle a beg!!!!

    I don’t understand Nigerians and the blind arguments. First of all, what is the Job of Minister of Finance according to the Nigerians Constitution? Who does she take orders from?? Does Minister of Finance audit how disbursed money are spent? What is the Job of Auditor general of the federation??

    People should leave this woman alone until they have an intelligent point abeg! Am tired or reading weak and baseless arguments abeg.

    Okonjo iweala keeps winning!!!

  19. ogalla

    December 11, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    She has done nothing wrong. I’m so disappointed in the two dumb governors.

  20. Angel

    December 11, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Na today? Some of us see through the whole bs and lies. As for the comments/blind arguments on here even when the truth is glaring, I believe these people are paid to make these comments.

  21. AW

    December 12, 2015 at 5:58 am

    For those asking why she kept a copy of the email, if I was the one, I would have made video and audio recordings of all my dealings while in government. The way accusations and counter accusations fly around, it makes sense to be prepared to defend yourself.
    No matter what you do or did not do, be prepared to be labelled a thief if you serve within the Nigerian government. The energy that Nigerian politicians put into witch hunting their predecessors can generate electricity for the nation. The irony of it all is that, it is a vicious circle because El Rufia and co will face the same music and would have to dance the same dance when the leave office. At the end of the day, what is the gain? Nothing changes, just a whole lot of hot air being blown! The circle continues. We need deliverance as a nation.

  22. anyawu

    December 12, 2015 at 6:39 am

    The real hero here to me is oshimole and el rufia, for tricking okonjo to bring out such document, if they have not pushed her, you people would have not know of this letter, the pressure will be on her, because they know she has information to many stolen diverted funds. A lot of corrupt cases links to dansuki, if Nigerian want the administration to win, a few has to be kicked in the ass to expose the real thieves who feel they have covered their track. The cbn governor is another person with a lot of information‎

  23. Vincent London

    December 12, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Dr. Okonjo=Iweal’s side of the matter
    Wait a minute, d furore about this hand over money is it not part of d impunity we talk about decisions/ corruption in Nigeria? Is d directive to hand over such funds not burn out of d fact that under duress & being military concerning affairs in North as it goes with other decisions in Nigeria – once what is being discussed affects u / your ethnic group d sky becomes the limit of d improprieties/ obduracy in policy dictates! I am not spokesman 4 the Minister but can she tell us why & how & in spite of all that huge sums of money nothing was procured 4 the Military to tackle d insurgency in d zone! The climax of it all whilst Nigerians could well have been in sympathy 4 Dasuki 4 bailing mater we were not told the extent of d culpability such that he could have slept (sneaked) off to Europe on health grounds! Look, u people are jokers tell u the truth, how can this kind of effrontery be allowed to happen in Nigeria – it is not surprising that groups in South Eastern are pressing to leave the Polity due d unfair distribution of justice/ care 4 d peoples in Nigeria! I mean, we are singing d jingle ‘One Nigeria ONE NATION!’ AND FEW BUSY THEMSELVES IN MANIPULATING THE SYSTEM AT D OTHERS PERIL! Tell me what’ll have happened to Gen. Ifejirika in Nigeria – an Igbo, if he were the officer involved in this kind of impropriety? Please let us know more about this unprecedented forgery/ corruption whatever u want to call it – it is most abhorrent, in fact, diabolical! Worst of it is that u tell what can be done about these problems in Nigeria nobody wants

    Clearly a bold decision to prove something in Nigeria; am just wondering what Governor
    Oshiomhole is going to be thinking about this remonstration – he probably will be thinking how else can he get this lady cornered? In Nigeria where you don’t show appreciation when somebody is striving to help you out of problems – didn’t Obasanjo try to humiliate this, not only trained but experienced lady Nigeria should be going to places with -tells much about that hatred the Igbos complain about in their efforts to demonstrate loyalty for Nigeria – all that get derided! I said it already that this issue of $322m/Billion to take care of North East not South-east will stand as a test case! Lest we forget Dr. Okonjo-Iweala and Oby Ezekwesili were fingered to appear in the Energy power inquiry by the NSS up to date we are not told what the resolution is and we are talking about corruption and revolution for Nigeria, folks! I have put up a poser for Barr. Festus Keyamo regarding the euphoria about revolution for Nigeria and for Rev. Bola Bakare and Prof. Tam David West, I asked them what their Million March was for – what did it achieve for us, if the Federal government is still dolling our huge sums of money for subsidies? We want to hear from Gov. Oshiomhole if there is another area he wants us to focus the searchlight! We don’t know what transpired other than what we are told on the pages of news papaers but here we are this is undisputable from the look of it, like I deposited much earlier thus: There is a lot of things going wrongly administratively back stage in Nigeria, but it is very unlikely that there was no pressures and assertions of being in a superior position about how to deal/ go about the issues regarding North-east insurgency as a matter
    for the North therefore is reflected in the decisions to spend or not to spend
    and how much, when we hear the full account of the directives! Meantime
    there is not much to do than let’s wait and see the next to the allegations!to listen! Thank you.

  24. Benny

    December 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I don’t seem to understand some people on ds blog. From d story so far and from my experience working 10 years in different corporate organizations in Nigeria and d UK: funds were received, a meeting chaired by d chief executive was held to determine utilisation of said funds; a division manager who reports directly to d CEO made a case for transfer of part of said funds, CEO agrees, all recorded in minutes of meeting (as is normal practice); said division manager drafts a request to d finance director release of said funds, citing outcome of meeting previously held; finance director drafts memo to CEO requesting approval of funds and oversight over spending; CEO approves and funds are released. Now some people want to find d finance director criminally liable for misapplication of said funds. Are they daft or just ignorant?

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      December 14, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Benny my dear, daft..daft is what majority of Nigerians are (they will attack me I dont care). My only question is ‘Why is dasuki being tried on the pages of a newspaper? If all the damning evidences are true biko why am I not watching dasuki docked on NTA or Channels? Why do I have to be seeing sahara reporters ‘lieguessing’ bits of the story all the way. My dear leave that thing, this Dasuki story is just a red herring to divert the attention of Nigerians from the fact that they cannot buy clothes for their kids this season. And Nigerians true to character fell for the charade.

  25. molarah

    December 12, 2015 at 11:44 am

    A word to paid commenters – you know yourselves – you won’t be so obvious if you weren’t so abusive in your communication. It’s not LIB, BN commenters will diss, but still pass a message across. Please put those dollars to good use – make your paymasters proud by actually putting thought to the way you craft your sycophantic comments.

    My own on the matter is – if she is not going to be culpable for the mismanagement of funds, who is? She was not just Minister of Finance, she was the coordinating minister of the economy. That means more bucks stop at her table. I’m tired of all the back-and-forth, the you-be-thief-i-no-be-thief, all me I want to know is who is responsible for ensuring disbursed funds are used for the project intended and nothing else. That’s the guy (or lady) we need to hold now.

    • Word

      December 13, 2015 at 5:44 am

      I believe you went to college. The Auditor- General of the Federation is responsible for making sure the funds are applied appropriately. You can read the Nigeria constitution. It defines the duties and functions of the minister. The minister of economy can’t disburse and audit funds. It is called separation of duties!

  26. nunulicious

    December 13, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    majority of BN readers are educated young individuals with access to internet…essentially the power house of Nigeria.
    Yet they expect the minister of finance to provide oversight to funds disbursed and also audit the spending of said funds. What a sorry state of affairs-when the so called youth are so loud and proud about their ignorance!

    If you deem her morally culpable, that is your personal opinion and to be honest it doesn’t mean a thing. But when you castigate her for doing her job, all I can do is shake my head.

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