Having failed to achieve any success after months of unsubstantiated figures and wild allegations against Dr Okonjo-Iweala, the political and corrupt vested interests who have been attacking her have now turned their evil attention on her family.

The false story, “Former Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala’s Family to open multi-million Dollar Hospital in Abuja” published by the corrupt website, Sahara Reporters is the latest chapter in the anti-Okonjo-Iweala campaign.

The story is totally baseless for a very simple reason: The alleged hospital is non-existent.

Anyone who is in doubt can go to Gwarinpa, Abuja where the hospital is allegedly located or enquire from General Electric and Perkins + Will Global, the two organisations that were mentioned as Consultants to the project in the report as to whether the hospital has been built.

The real facts are as follows:

• Dr Ikemba Iweala, the husband of Dr Okonjo-
Iweala is a recently retired neuro-surgeon and
emergency physician with over 40 years’ of
practice in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the
United States.

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• Three of their four children are US trained
medical doctors, including Uchechi Iweala who
was mentioned in the story. Uchechi has an MD
and MBA from Harvard.

• To actualize his desire to give back to the
country, Dr Ikemba Iweala for the past few years
has been working on establishing a hospital in
the Federal Capital Territory. He has used his
savings to develop the concept and design of the
hospital. So far efforts to source financing for
the project are ongoing.

• It is the prototype design and website of the
yet to be realized project that Sahara Reporters,
doing the bidding of its corrupt pay masters,
seeks to turn into a multi-billion dollar evidence
of corruption.

Why is Dr Okonjo-Iweala the object of this ceaseless campaign of falsehoods and

The answer is simple: because she refused to steal and share and because she blocked many powerful people, some of whom are now in power, from stealing. That is why they would go to any lengths to tarnish her name.

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Dr Okonjo-Iweala has a clean record of two
terms in office. As we have consistently
maintained, she is not afraid of a transparent
investigation of her two terms in office. She
supports the anti-corruption drive in Nigeria.

No one who has had the privilege of serving his or
her country should feel too big to be investigated. It is this very issue of fighting corruption that brought her back in the first place and she has a track record of blocking corruption.

It is ironic that it is those same corrupt people who are trying to tarnish her image using corrupt media like Saharareporters.

People should recall that it was her fight against
subsidy scammers that led to her mother being
kidnapped in 2012 with the demand by the
scammers that she should resign and leave the

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Nigerians should prepare for more attacks
because these people are desperate and drunk
with power. But they will keep failing because
the truth will ultimately prevail.

Incidentally, the hospital idea is still very much
alive and anyone who is interested should please
come forward to discuss possible investment.

But there is a condition: the money must be
clean. Corrupt people, especially lying governors,
need not apply.

*Being the text of a Press Statement by Paul C Nwabuikwu, Media Adviser to Dr Okonjo-Iweala

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