Women Affairs Minister threatens to sue UN over donor funds

Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye

By Marvellous Nyang

Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, has threatened to sue the United Nations after calling the global body out on account of alleged mismanagement of donor funds belonging to Nigerians.

She, however, said, that her ministry would give the UN 30 days beginning from October 16 to November 15, 2023, to respond by publishing monies it collected from donors for the benefit of Nigerians or risk legal action.

The minister, who issued the threat while granting an interview to Nigeria’s cable TV,  Africa Independent Television (AIT), on Monday, October 16, claimed that the global body was not transparent in the manner in which it utilised funds it got from donations for Nigerians.

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She informed that she was already working on a pre-action notice to be served on the UN, as according to her, “I stand here as a Minister of Women Affairs to demand from UN that we want an account of all the money they sourced from donors in the name of Nigeria.

“We want to see the account of it and if you don’t give us this account, at least let Nigerians see what has been going on. Then you plead with them, apologise to them and change your ways.

“From 16th of October to November 15th. If we don’t see these reports published for Nigerians to see, we are heading to court. From the 16th of October to November 8, they get our pre-action letters.

“That is to prepare them on the 15th, we are heading to court. And I am promising Nigerians that immediately it is that 15th, by the next day, you will hear the suit number and all of you.

“We will gather to that place for the case to come on, and call for them to call for them to defend the money, they are using you to collect from donors,” the minister said.