Former Cross River state governor, Donald Duke has reacted to a claim made by former minister of finance, Okonjo Iweala, which she made in her latest book, ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines’.
According to the content of the book, the former governor and presidential hopeful, asked Okonjo Iweala to turn down any request of appointment from Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2011. She said this was to deny Jonathan’s government credibility so that it would be “weak and not succeed”.
Reacting to the book, Donald Duke tweeted:
”It is true I met with Ngozi when the rumors were swirling about her being considered for appointment. As “friends”, she having been literally dismissed from an earlier appointment as f1nance minister, I urged caution. I made no mention of adding or subtracting credibility to anyone or government. It was “two friends” discussing careers. It ended there and she subsequently made her choice which I respected. However, I think it is in poor taste and demeaning of her to report a private conversation in whatever self laundering attempt she may be up to. With hindsight, I was vindicated, Ngozi, as Minister of Finance and Economy, despite massive revenue receipts, left Nigeria poorer than she met it”.