Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala resignation rumor aims to stifle GEJ economic plans, says her aide

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Hoodlums and nation saboteurs sent jitters across the nation and the entire world on Saturday touting informations round that Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister of the Economy and the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was sworn-in by President Goodluck Jonathan just on Wednesday resigned.

Text messages conveying the rumored resignation of the minister were passed round at about noon on Saturday precipitating several frantic calls to officials of the presidency as well as, those of the Ministry of Finance to confirm the story which also appeared on an online news site.

But the office of the minister dismissed rumor, saying that it was the handiwork of evil minded and corrupt Nigerians  who were afraid of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s position against corruption.

The Nigeria Stock exchange, which is suppose to feel the immediate impact and pass the information round faster was silent as no trading was taking place at weekends.

But Okonjo-Iweala’s  Special Adviser, on Information and Communication, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, reacted angrily describing the information as completely fabrication and false and a calculated attempt to distract the minister from her challenging duties.

Mr Nwabuike said the nation that the objectives of the information would not be achieved saying that their effort would record a woeful failre.

His words, “it has been brought to our notice that an online website is alleging that Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, has resigned her position.

“The information is completely false and without foundation.

“We are aware that the baseless falsehood is part of the ongoing orchestrated campaign by entrenched interests and corrupt groups working against more transparent and improved governance in the country.

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“The obvious intention is to distract Dr Okonjo-Iweala from contributing to the realisation of the vision of President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration for sustainable economic growth in Nigeria.

“This intention will not be achieved because Dr Okonjo-Iweala will not be distracted”.

According to reports, the recent information emanated from the same source that orchestrated  information that the former World Bank Executive would not return to serve under Goodluck Jonatha’s government.

Some interests, indeed, appeared to be bent on discouraging Dr. Okonjo-Iweala from serving in the Jonathan administration as they have been sponsoring publications that she would not return to Nigeria.

Even before the Senate clearing session, there were stories that the woman wouldn’t return on the ground that she had turned down the offer of Mr. President to serve in the cabinet.

By Thursday, there was a rumoured clash between her and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over the nationalization of the three banks only a week before her arrival.

Besides, when she returned to the Washington, United States of America, after the clearing by the Senate, another story broke out to the effect that she had made up her mind not to serve because she demanded to be paid in dollar and requested to be given a free hand to pick members of her National Economic Management Team.

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