A former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has
declared that she is done serving Nigeria.
Okonjo spoke at an event preceding the presentation of the
book, “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind
the Headlines” held at the Politics and Prose, Washington
It is a book where she illustrates what she had to go through
in the fight against corruption in Nigeria
Responding to a question on whether she was willing to
return to Nigeria to serve again if called upon, the former
Minister said, “I served the country for seven years; I think
I’m the longest serving finance minister in the country.
“Other people now have a chance to serve, I am doing what
I adore, I am having fun and my work is valued in the
“That is what I was doing before but I went to Nigeria out of
love and I want to send the signal to Nigerian young people
that if they actually love the country, they can serve without
“They are actually people who serve because they think it is
a national honour and duty, I felt it is an honour for my
country to ask for my service and I was duty bound to serve.
“And I have done that, so now I am doing other things so
that other people can also serve. On the special fund for
those fighting corruption, the international community needs
to come together and put together resources to support
people who may not be well known, who are fighting. And
we heard some many examples from different countries of
people who had to flee because they were been intimidated
and attacked when they tried to block the diversion of the
monies and the stealing of money.
“And if people don’t have that signal that they can go
somewhere and be protected, they will be less willing to do
what is right and to fight. So we need that and there is a
movement and people are interested.”