Economy: Okonjo-Iweala denies criticising Buhari

Okonjo-Iweala [Photo: Daily Post]
Okonjo-Iweala [Photo: Daily Post]

A former Nigerian finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has denied reports that she made scathing remarks against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala made this disclaimer via a post on her Facebook wall on Tuesday.

Reacting to the social media reports which alleged that she faulted the present administration, the ex-minister said the reports were false.

“My attention has been drawn to a spurious and nefarious story circulating on the internet,” she wrote.

“The story makes false claims of utterances against President Buhari.

“I had earlier debunked the same fake news on Jan 5 , 2017, but it is obviously in some people’s interest to see this falsehood circulate again,” she wrote Tuesday.

PREMIUM TIMES observes that the January 5 disclaimer was posted on her wall and signed by her Media Adviser, Paul Nwabukwu.

“The comments on the performance of the Nigerian economy being circulated by unknown persons and attributed to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala were not made by her,” Mr. Nwabukwu had said.

“Like the previous fake audio by an imposter pretending to be her , this is another desperate action by mischievous persons.

“The former minister doesn’t need anyone to speak for her because , as everyone knows, she is very capable of speaking for herself . We urge the media and Nigerian public to ignore these petty gimmicks.

“We urge the media and Nigerian public to ignore these petty gimmicks,” he submitted.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala again urged the Nigerian reading public to ignore such fake news.

“Kindly ignore this. These junk news outlets are hereby warned to cease and desist,” she wrote.


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  • henry

    When you have conscience.

    • Benard

      Sorry for some of you. How does the comment of this noble woman got to with Buhari. Some jobless ones only occupation is look out for every opportunity to criticize PMB. You want her to join your evil wagon to run down the Government of PMB who is doing everything humanly possible to fix the economy of this country severely battered by PDP. Can you people see the other women like Deziana Odua Patience et inglo4ious role during the period under reference

    • Idy

      Change will sweep all d evil doers of Nigeria away

  • Frank Bassey

    It is the handiwork of the empty-headed, clueless, image-battered Buhari/APC-led administration. Madam, please face your job and ignore these anthill occupants at home. They have nothing to offer.

    • Idy

      Failure is following u

    • dele20

      Your comment is insincere

  • ozimba

    She de fear Buhari coz she will be sent to jail for all her mismanagement of our economy, she claimed she did advised but they refused to listen, what is expected is her resignation from the government she was serving then. This is what is optainable where she is working now.

    • Fairgame

      Stupidity seems to run in your bloodline. Otherwise why would you even imagine that a woman like OkonjoIweala fears any body. The woman fears God and so cannot fear any man. She is busy with her international appointments while low lives like you whose brains have been severly damaged by lies and propaganda are online writing your kind of rubbish. On whether she should have resigned thank God she didn’t and we had stability in food prices and investments were pouring in. So all your hatred will never change the record that OkonjoIweala is the best finance minister Nigeria has ever had. May your pain continue. Why don’t you ask Buhari why he didn’t resign from under Abacha. Hypocrite like you.

    • Justice Equity

      When even buhari have refused to resign for plunging Nigeria into the worst conditions ever.

      • ozimba

        Was Nigeria better before became worst? please Nigeria was going down, GBJ met $67billiond if I am right, but left office with Nigeria broke $29billion foreign reserved . What was in place to explain the reasons for the massive decline in funds. The governors abi!! Good projects !!! People orientated projects ,Shame on her.

        • Idy

          Shame on her totally!!! Change

      • Idy

        Hope is alive, so stop spreading false rumours

      • dele20

        The previous administration plunged Nigeria into economic recession, thank God for PMB

    • Idy

      My argument exactly!! They need to know

    • abayomi

      You know this!!!

  • thusspokez

    “Like the previous fake audio by an imposter pretending to be her , this is another desperate action by mischievous persons.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the authors of this fakery are biafrans disguising themselves as Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala to criticise Buhari. After all, they were behind the fake news about Buhari’s reported death.

    This globally well-respected lady, when asked in interviews about the Nigerian economy, had always avoided any criticism of the government even though, I am sure, it might be tempting. Look at what Nigeria has as its minister of finance. A graduate of a fourth-rate UK university and second worst in London.

    • Guest

      Mr Misspoke, you sometimes misfire…”A graduate of a fourth-rate UK university and second worst in London.” what does that have to to do with a person professional ability? Focus and drives are the difference…is graduating from elite school a guarantor for professional success?

      • Idy

        Pls explain it to them

      • abayomi

        Ppl jus speak out of craziness when the truth is in front of them then they rant thrash

    • Idy

      Nothing but stupidity on ur path. The truth is what we ask for

      • abayomi

        Exactly

      • thusspokez

        Why don’t you write clearly so that readers could make sense of what you are on about? Readers are not telepathic or clairvoyant, you know. Maybe, it is dumbness or you are someone who lacks confidence in your ability to communicate.

    • abayomi

      Nothing constructive in this comment

      • thusspokez

        What is stopping you from writing your own constructive comment, if you do have the wherewithal?

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      Stupidity upon nonsensisity

  • Fairgame

    Madam we know that the idle minds parading Nigeria’s political space want to drag your name but abeg ignore them. We thank God for you and all you did as finance minister to lift Nigeria up. It is the mischievous and evil politicians who are scheming for 2019 that are the main suspects so don’t mind them. May God continue to defend you and lead you. God bless.

    • Idy

      Shame, speak d truth and let us all be aware

      • PDP=Lies and Deceit

        Gbam

    • abayomi

      Even when ure drowning in lies, how do u choose to defend urself, be brave n speak the truth

      • PDP=Lies and Deceit

        Exactly my point

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      Say something meaningful Abeg, don’t justify her for not doing the right thing

  • obiora

    The Fake news is from APC and the person is Former Governor of EDO state. Adam Midget Oshimonkey.

    • Idy

      You ppl won’t desist from ur lies and deceit

      • abayomi

        I tire oo

      • dele20

        What do you expect from Nigeria’senemies of progress, he is one of them, I’m sure?

        • PDP=Lies and Deceit

          That’s just the thing

    • abayomi

      Would u cease to stop ranting rubbish

      • dele20

        Don’t mind the guy, he’s drunk

    • dele20

      It seems you have drunk dry ginger in excess

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      Ode like you, how much are they paying u to believe this rubbish

    • Night Crawler

      You have said nothing, kindly cover your face in shame and get out of here

  • Idy

    I hear u joor, this change won’t work until we bring down d criminals,

    • abayomi

      Tell them loudly

    • dele20

      Sure, this government is zero-tolerant to corruption already

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      Very well said

  • abayomi

    Anyone that goes against the law needs to be punished and put in their place. The previous govt spent money anyhow under her watch, so what’s there not to say, now she’s trying to justify herself! Shame on how we trusted her

    • dele20

      Can you imagine how the previous administration sucked Nigeria dry for 16 years in misrules?

      Disgusting and callous

      • PDP=Lies and Deceit

        You can imagine how they milked Nigeria dry and still want to rant trash

        • dele20

          Thanks for this present one

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      This is very true, it shall set us all free

  • abayomi

    Change will take place no matter how long

    • dele20

      This administration never wants Nigeria to remain the same, this APC led administration is really working great for the betterment of the nation

      • abayomi

        That’s the most interesting thing and these evil doers don’t want it to occur

        • PDP=Lies and Deceit

          Exactly my point

        • dele20

          The evil doers are just joking, Nigeria is moving higher, this present government is unrelenting

      • PDP=Lies and Deceit

        You’ve spoken the truth

      • woman leader1

        The change is now.

        • dele20

          Sure

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      Definitely

    • woman leader1

      Certainly!

    • Sincere-Voice

      Sure

    • Olatubosun

      Sure

  • abayomi

    Moving forward with a great agenda is the only way

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      Gbam

    • dele20

      I concur with you

  • PDP=Lies and Deceit

    Everyone who commits a federal offense shld be put to shame, what did she do when GEJ was squandering the funds, Abeg,the truth is the truth!!

    • Olatubosun

      The woman was armed robber during Jonathan administration

  • PDP=Lies and Deceit

    We need to learn to accept what it is and do what’s right!!

  • PDP=Lies and Deceit

    Change is the only historical thing ever

  • PDP=Lies and Deceit

    Kudos to this govt for doing everything seemingly possible to make things work out.

    • Olatubosun

      We give kudos to this great administration

  • PDP=Lies and Deceit

    God bless Nigeria and God bless us

    • woman leader1

      Amen

    • Night Crawler

      Amen

    • dele20

      Amen

    • front man

      Anen

    • Olatubosun

      Ameen

  • Night Crawler

    NOI should be ashamed of herself because she was part of those who help previous administration to help dealth with the treasury

    • Mufu Ola

      She had denied blaming Buhari govt.So why the abuse?

    • Sincere-Voice

      I agree, she was the lead group of the looting demons

    • Olatubosun

      Even she is still holding our huge amount of money that she looted……….

      Her book will soon be opened

  • woman leader1

    This government is doing everything possible to put things in place for Nigerians

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o..
      Like previous administration that nearly enslaved us

      • woman leader1

        We are wise now and we know what we want. We want progress..

    • OMOLOYIN

      Yes o

  • woman leader1

    NOI is Oneof the problem we have in Nigeria.

    • Sincere-Voice

      True-Talk. She was the leadgroup of the looting demons!

      • woman leader1

        Exactly!

  • front man

    Progress all the way.

  • front man

    This government is just the best.

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o…

  • Sincere-Voice

    Okonjo had better not say such things against this administration because it’s she and other groups of looting demons that brought up most the challenges that Nigeria is presently facing. She willingly allowed those looting thieves to cart away our common patrimony when she was the coordinating minister of the economy.

  • Olatubosun

    She said that but she denies……

    God bless Nigeria

    • Olatubosun

      Ameen

    • OMOLOYIN

      Amen

  • Olatubosun

    Haters will definitely bow down

    • OMOLOYIN

      Gbam!

  • Olatubosun

    Nigeria has been sanitized

  • Olatubosun

    Okonjo iweala…. Take your time…

    • OMOLOYIN

      She better do

  • progressive

    Good to know that she has come out publicly to denied the report .

  • progressive

    Nobody should criticise buhari because Jonathan caused all the problem we are facing right now and I know that buhari will not be distracted by this disgruntled elements who are jobless

    • OMOLOYIN

      Abi o.
      Thank you

  • progressive

    We all know okonjo iweala she has never for once make any good impacts when she was the minister of finance during Jonathan era

  • progressive

    Okonjo iweala shohld take his time because she is also part of the people that caused the mess Nigerians are facing right now

  • OMOLOYIN

    Even if anyone will criticise PMB it should not even be this woman a reknown looter.