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Okonjo-Iweala disowns $9.3m arms funds

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Ikonjo-Iweala on Tuesday said she has no knowledge of the $9.3 million ceased from two Nigerians and an Israeli by the South African Government recently.

   Dr. Okonjo-Iweala told newsmen at the Yola International Airport after flagging off the Presidential Committee's distribution of relief materials to victims of Boko Haram in Adamawa State that her ministry was not aware of the funds purportedly meant for arms purchase.

   'It is only the Ministry of Defence that can speak on that issue, we in the Ministry of Finance are not in the picture of such money or project, we are not arms project ministry,' she said.

   The minister further blamed government's silence on its activities on opposition parties for their attack on President Goodluck Jonathan, noting that no administration had performed better than the present one in terms of economic, human and infrastructure development.

   'That the present government is not making noise over its activities does not mean it is not working, this government is doing everything possible to ensure that Nigerians are comfortable,' she maintained.


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