Donald Duke, Okonjo-Iweala in war of words over Nigeria’s economy

Former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has accused former minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, of mismanaging Nigeria’s economy while in office, saying that she (Okonjo-Iweala) left the country poorer than she met it.

Duke made the submission in reaction to claims made by Okonjo-Iweala, in her latest book, where he was accused of plotting the failure of the Goodluck Jonathan administration. 

Okonjo-Iweala, a Managing Director at the World Bank, had said in the book, ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines’, that Duke asked her not to serve in President Goodluck Jonathan’s government in 2011.

According to her, Duke suggestion was targeted at Jonathan’s government, in an attempt to deny it credibility, so that it would be “weak and not succeed”.

In his reaction, Duke who took to his twitter, confirmed the meeting between him and Okonjo-Iweala but attacked the former minister for sharing a private conversation to public.

In his known twitter handle @Donald_Duke, the former governor message which targeted the youth, denied making suggestion to Okonjo-Iweala not to join Jonathan’s administration to deny it credibility.

“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 finance minister, I urged caution,” his reaction read.

“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.”

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