The former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday denied accusing the lawmakers of the seventh National Assembly of asking for a bribe of N17 billion to approve the budget under the immediate past administration.
She blamed mischief makers for distorting contents of her recent book, ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: the Story Behind the Headlines,’ for their own political purposes, saying no where in the book did she allude to bribe taking by the lawmakers.
In a Facebook post, she said: “It has come to my attention that mischief makers are again trying to distort what is written in my book, ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: the Story Behind the Headlines,’ for their own political purposes.
“One more time, it is important that people read the book for themselves. In the case of the N17 billion, the book does not talk of bribe. It indicates that lawmakers increased the budget by N17 billion and we had to accept that to move on; hence, the term ‘price to pay’.