Ahmed Joda, the chairman of President Muhammadu Buhari’s transition committee, says that Nigeria’s two-time finance minister and former managing director of the World Bank, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala may never be found guilty of corruption.
Joda, on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, told journalists in Yola, Adamawa State that Okonjo-Iweala knew of “the shady activities” going on in the Jonathan administration but that she always sought the approval of former President Goodluck Jonathan, hence “protecting herself from prosecution”.
Joda said it was alarming that Okonjo-Iweala knew about the spate of corruption going on during the past regime, but held onto her job, presiding over fraudulent withdrawals from the economy.
“Okonjo-Iweala is a professional and she guarded herself. Whenever, they said this happened, she was able to produce papers to say, ‘Look, we had a meeting presided over by the president and attended by the national security adviser and others’.
“And she would go back and write the president and say, ‘I have received a request to release so many billions in accordance with our minutes. Your Excellency, if you will approve.’ And His Excellency would approve it. So, she covered herself, thus you can’t pin anything on her.”
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, on a recently aired interview with Al Jazeera ruled out serving under President Muhammadu Buhari, even if she were approached to help with the current economic crisis in the country.