CHANCELLOR Alistair Darling has admitted sending millions of bank account details to a Nigerian doctor who contacted him earlier this week.
The Chancellor told the House of Commons he had received a 'very moving email' from a Dr Kwantana in Lagos who is hoping to begin a new life in Canada.
Mr Darling said: "Naturally he wanted to transfer his assets to his new home and asked for my assistance.
"In keeping with our manifesto commitment of helping Africans to help themselves, I agreed to send him 25 million bank account details.
"In exchange for my role in this surprisingly simple transaction he has offered a generous commission which I believe will begin to offset the £25bn I have given to Northern Rock and which – we are all now starting to realise – is never, ever going to be paid back.
"Not in a million years. No siree. Not a snowball's chance in hell."
Mr Darling added: "Our new relationship with this gutsy Nigerian not only raises Britain's standing in the international community, but will deliver real value for the British taxpayer. I commend it to the House."
The Kwantana email in full:
Hello dear lovely friend and I am introducing myself at you as Dr Jericho Kwantana MD.
Most recently since birth I have been leaving Nigeria to start my new life in Canadia but due to and because of international bank lawings, good Nigerian doctors like I and myself are unable to be allowed to make huge and large inter-continental money transferings to the Bank of Torontoro.
Dearest lovely friend, I have in a prized Zurich account-hole waiting 21 billions dollar money. I am able and ready to transfer this cash bomb to you and if able to hold and send to my wife in Canadia, I will make the kind offer to you of full 10 percentage of totals.
I hope with sincerity and much enthusiasms that you are able to look kindly upon my Canadian ambitions. One last and final pleading to you: In order for transactions to overtake speedily, I require that you send to me very kindly the sort code and account number of every British person.
With the kindness and prayers of Jesus,
Your Friend Jericho Kwantana.