Lagos - Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has hit back at criticism by a publisher who alleged her ministry deliberately denied the military funds meant for operational expenses.
Sam Nda-Isaiah, publisher of the Leadership Newspaper, who is said to harbor presidential ambitions, had in an article titled, “Okonjo-Iweala vs the military”, alleged that the minister was to blame for the alleged improper funding of the military.
In the rejoinder signed by the Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister and Minister of Finance, Paul Nwabuikwu, the ministry said, “Sam Nda-Isaiah is someone that all of us would like to respect particularly since the publisher of Leadership newspaper has declared his intention to run for President under the banner of the All Progessives Congress (APC).”
“But reading the article of May 26, 2014 in which he launched an unwarranted attack on the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in continuation of the campaign of certain people to pitch the military against the minister makes one very sad.
"It is sad because the article shows a fundamental lack of understanding of how the country’s economy works.”
While chastening the Publisher, the Finance Ministry said someone who wants to run for president like Nda-Isiah should not reduce the debate about the management of the country’s resources and finances to the “pedestrian level” that “Okonjo-Iweala does not want to release money”.
“Nda-Isiah should know that Okonjo-Iweala is not popular in certain circles in Abuja because she does not dish out money for people to share.
“She has never done so and she never will. Being an effective Finance Minister anywhere is not a popularity contest because doing the right things is bound to make some people unhappy.
And the Minister does not mind doing so as long as the interest of the majority of honest, hardworking Nigerians is served and protected," it noted.
– CAJ News
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