By Abiodun Alade
President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that he does not own any bank account or property outside the shores of Nigeria.
He made the remark during the swearing-in of the 11 new ministers yesterday.
His words as tweeted by his Special Assistant on New Media, Reno Omokri, @renoomokri, “I am loyal to Nigeria’s economy. I don’t have accounts or property abroad. All my children live and school in Nigeria”
Nigeria former leaders are often accused of stashing stolen money in foreign accounts and owning expensive properties abroad; the recent is the revelation by the United States on Wednesday that ordered a freeze on $458 million in assets stolen by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his accomplices and hidden in European accounts.
The Justice Department said the corruption proceeds — stashed away in bank accounts in Britain, France and Jersey — were frozen at Washington’s request with the help of local authorities.