Okonjo-Iweala reveals why she didn’t resign from Jonathan’s govt


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Finance, has revealed why she refused to resign from the past administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

She said resigning was the easiest way out, a route she was not willing to take back then.

The former Minister made the disclosure while speaking about her recent book, “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous” at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Okonjo-Iweala, a former World Bank Managing Director said courage, focus, family support, and the skill to deliver for the people kept her going.

She said, “I knew elsewhere in the system things were not going right, I had to focus; Nigeria is a large country, we are talking of the federal level, we haven’t even spoken of the decentralised level.

“You choose the things, and you know what you are doing, and you are resilient and focused in doing them. Holding your head high, and knowing in spite of everything being said, you know you have not done anything wrong.

“I often joke with people, if you want to know how much I have, you can go to the Bank-Fund Credit Union and the World Bank, that is where you will see all my transactions. There is nothing to hide. Above all, I had the support of family and friends, and my family was just fantastic.”

Addressing issues around the call for her resignation, the 63-year-old said it was a dilemma for her, seeing she could not solve all the problems, but she knew she would do all the good she can.

“I also understood that I could not solve everything, and it was that dilemma that was difficult to deal with sometimes and many Nigerians will say to me, why didn’t you leave and resign?

“That was the easiest solution. I could have just gotten up and walked away, I resigned the first time. When I saw there was such intense desire for me to leave and resign, I decided that I must be doing something.

“You know when people kidnap your mother so you can resign, they told me to go announce my resignation on TV. When they want to disable you so you would no longer be able to work and leave the country.

“When everyday everyone is asking you why you haven’t resigned, yes, I decided that there must be something Okonjo-Iweala is doing, so that is why I stayed,” she said.


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