Former Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has responded to critics who accused him of looting the state’s treasury before traveling abroad for a vacation.
Aproko Vibes understands that the former state leader has been called unprintable names on social media after a video of himself and his family surfaced on the internet partying on a cruise ship.
In the video clip, the Obianos were seen partying with some white people. While Obiano himself was doing the filming in the first part of the video, one of his daughters took over in the second part as the former governor battled to cut a giant chicken in their US home.
The video has received a series of condemnations from Nigerians who asserted that Obiano looted the Anambra government’s purse before leaving for the US to party with his family.
Watch the viral video clip below.
Reacting, however, Obiano through his publicist, Mr. Tony Nezianya explained that the vacation was paid for by his (Obiano’s) daughter after he underwent intensive treatment in the US.
Nezianya said: “Chief Obiano, his wife, and son did travel on vacation after he received seven weeks of intensive medical treatment in the United States.
“The trip was paid for by his daughter, a medical consultant in the United States, who was overjoyed that her 67- year old father could undertake such heavy and exerting treatment without serious complications.”
Nezianya explained further that the second video seen online was recorded on July 4, 2022, on America’s Independence Anniversary.
He said: “Americans usually celebrate their Independence Day with rice and chicken, and Chief Obiano’s young son was seen in the video eating rice and chicken.”
According to him, Obiano’s home in Houston, Texas was acquired before he joined partisan politics and won the governorship race of Anambra State in 2013.
“He bought it after serving for 12 years as the Executive Director of one of Nigeria’s top five banks. All his assets in Nigeria and abroad were stated in his Assets Declaration Form provided by the ICPC,” Nezianya said.