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“Frail” Diezani emerges for Exclusive Interview | Says “I Did Not Steal Nigeria’s Money”

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Embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke has emerged for the first time since her corruption saga began.

She was interviewed by veteran journalist/Ovation Magazine publisher Dele Momodu for his new publication  – The Boss Newspaper.

The photos from the interview have already elicited a major reaction as they display Diezani looking frail as she has lost weight and most of her hair due to the cancer treatment.

In Part 1 of the serialized interview, Diezani who is currently receiving treatment for cancer in the UK, reveals that she believes she did her job to the best of her ability and with the best intentions.

She goes on to state that “she did not steal Nigeria’s money”.

She denied allegations of an intimate relationship between herself and former President Jonathan. She also explained that she and former First Lady Patience Jonathan enjoyed a cordial relationship.

Diezani squashed the long standing rumour that “her sister had a child for the ex-President”. She also denied inappropriate relationships with oil barons Kola Aluko, Jide Omokore, Dapo Abiodun and others.

She vehemently denies being involved in the disappearance of the $20billion. Her interviewer describes her as “visibly angry” when the subject was raised.

Enlarge the photos below to read the interview in detail and look out for the next part soon.
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Excerpts
Momodu: “Is it true that a sister of yours has a kid or kids for President Jonathan?”
Diezani: “That is totally untrue as I don’t have any such sister or relative!” she said. She wondered how people could fabricate such blatant lies.

Momodu: “It was said that you and the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan were in permanent conflict; why was it so?”
Diezani: “What people don’t know is that we’ve been family friends for long. My mum, Mrs Beatrice Agama, has always played the role of a godmother in the Niger Delta and all the militants love and respect her. I come from a royal privileged background and lacked nothing.” She said she was not unaware of certain insinuations about an intimate relationship with the former President but she never bothered her head about them because some people had made up their minds to spread those ugly tales about her. “If you are in the corridor of power, you must expect anything, including mud and even bricks being thrown at you.”

Momodu: “You’ve been linked to so many young guys who made so much money from you and later absconded or turned against you… What was between you and Chris Aire, Kola Aluko, Jide Omokore, Tonye Cole, Dapo Abiodun, Wale Tinubu, Igho Sanomi and others?”

Diezani: “I vehemently deny any intimacy or liaison with any of these gentlemen.” She noted that she is happily married like most of them are happily married and asserted that she is not the Scarlet Lady that people paint her to be. She sees those rumours as insults on accomplished women who cannot be seen in sensitive positions without running riotous with some men. She said it was important to put in context how she met most of them:

“I was the Chairman of the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board and I did my job to the best of my ability and intentions. My boss and I were determined to empower Nigerians, especially the young ones, who had the brains and guts to dare.” She pointed out that her firm belief and desire to empower Nigeriains stemmed from the manner that she and her parents and siblings were unceremoniously dumped out of Shell Camp where her father worked and lived while she was young.

“If there is one issue I must pursue in this world it is the biggest lie of this money. How can $20billion disappear just like that? Where did it disappear to? Is it possible that such an amount would not be traceable? This is more painful coming from someone I considered a good friend who should appreciate the gravity of such allegation. I challenge anyone to come forward with facts showing that I stole government or public money. I’ve never stolen Nigeria’s money…”

“I remember that day vividly. It was definitely one of the worst days of my life. We were not even allowed to finish eating before they hurriedly packed our belongings, threw them into trucks and drove us into an uncertain, unknown future.”

“I was determined that what my father fought for, which was to ensure that Nigerians had a greater say in the scheme of things in Shell and thus in the petroleum industry would be championed and achieved by me in Government”

She noted that in every government, some people must land the big jobs which every human being would love to have. She said “I chose to empower mostly Nigerians and took the power away from foreigners who used to dominate the sector. That was why we pushed for the Nigerian Content Bill, which mercifully we got through. So you cannot expect some forces not to hate me but I was shocked that Nigerians themselves were ready to crucify me mostly on rumours and not verifiable facts. Most leaders before me have suffered a similar fate so I take some comfort from that experience.”

She added that people seem to forget that she is happily married to Rear Admiral Alison Madueke and would not do anything to jeopardise her marriage or smear herself in the eyes of her husband, children and family. She also said that some of these men were unknown to her until she became a Minister and that although, in some cases, they later enjoyed a cordial relationship with her, it was no more than the kind of relationship she enjoyed with other successful Nigerian businessmen who respected and admired her for the way she was bringing Nigerians to the forefront of the industry:

“It is unfortunate that things didn’t work perfectly all the time as expected and as a leader I take the blame for those imperfections, but I’m certainly not a demon as being portrayed. I have no doubt that I served my nation well, the reason my colleagues at OPEC supported me despite the opposition from my own people. I still maintain that level of relationship with my former colleagues despite not being in government.“

Momodu: Why were you so controversial?
Diezani: Controversy has nothing to do with your qualifications or performance. As a matter of fact, people often hate you for knowing so much and for being efficient and confident which they mistake for arrogance. We had to confront so many challenges, including oil theft and general insecurity but we did very well even if we did not succeed 100 percent. I must say that some of our own people delivered responsibly while a few of them breached the faith and wasted the opportunities handed to them by my boss, President Jonathan. Unfortunately, no one ever remembers the things that went right but everyone remembers and tends to emphasise the things that went wrong…”

Momodu: What is your response to the many allegations of financial impropriety under your tenure, especially the alleged disappearance of $20billion and other wasteful spending authorised by you.
Diezani: She observed that she could not go into any real details because of the criminal investigations in Nigeria and England as well as the civil case here. However she told me she would try and provide general details about these matters because it was important to shed some light on her own involvement from the vantage point of someone actually in Government who believes these things simply cannot happen.

She was visibly angry at the mention of the $20billion: “If there is one issue I must pursue in this world it is the biggest lie of this money. How can $20billion disappear just like that? Where did it disappear to? Is it possible that such an amount would not be traceable? This is more painful coming from someone I considered a good friend who should appreciate the gravity of such allegation. I challenge anyone to come forward with facts showing that I stole government or public money. I’ve never stolen Nigeria’s money…”

“Rather, I worked hard to halt the rampant business of round-tripping. When I brought in Reginald Stanley to clean up the place, I requested for a list of the defaulters. There were about 92 of them and I made sure we sanctioned them. You can imagine the threat to my life but I was ready to defend the economic interests of my country. In fact, we were able to reduce the oil subsidy by about half. No one has applauded our effort.

“There were those who said the then Governor of Central Bank must have been angry at me because of the way the Presidency treated him. In all honesty, he was being blocked from seeing the President by some of Oga’s people (presidential aides) but it had nothing to do with me. I was the one who even told Oga about the development and Oga said he would meet him in London on one of his trips. Unfortunately my boss fell ill and was rushed to King Edward Hospital and the meeting was aborted.”

“Sanusi and I had been friends. There was no way I would have done anything bad to him. He even came to my house to inform me about his interest in heading the African Development Bank and we discussed for about two hours. I promised to support him and I spoke to Oga about it. We were together on the Reconciliation Committee that looked into the accounts of NNPC. Yes there were gaps but not on the alarming scale being circulated. Markafi (former Governor of Kaduna State) did a thorough job. You know he is a very sound accountant.”

Momodu: What about the allegations that you own choice properties everywhere?
Diezani: It is so sad that anyone could say such about me. Let me say something to you, I live with my husband in the same house we’ve lived since we married in 1999. Ask anyone who knows us. Our house in Abuja was bought in 2007 by my husband and as an architect and lover of interior décor I did it up to our own taste. It is not over the top because I have good taste and appreciate bargains. I shop in regular shops like B & Q to do up all the places where I live. Anyone who tells you I have houses anywhere should feel free to publish them. That was how they said I bought an expensive property in Vienna. I went to court and I won the case. I never saw the house before except in picture. The house I stay in London is rented. As a woman I love to look good. Some of my dresses and jewelleries are often dumped on me by those I buy from and I pay them when I can”
She went on to explain that virtually all the transactions in respect of which allegations of corruption are being levelled against her went through due process and that the Group Managing Director of NNPC was actively involved in ensuring that the best international practices were maintained. She added that her involvement in the conclusion of these transactions was limited and that some of the contracts had been executed before she became Minister of Petroleum Resources. In some other cases she only got details after the contracts had been concluded when approached by some businessmen who complained about the terms. She usually admonished them to forego the contracts if they felt they were not profitable and seek other ventures within the industry.
But she emphasised that her boss neither discriminated against nor favoured anyone. She claimed some of those who benefited the most were even in opposition and mentioned how a renowned opposition leader and vocal critic of the Government at the time met her on about three occasions to discuss his interests in the business of oil.
“My boss didn’t want Nigerians to suffer because of politics so we agreed to offer certain support to a company we knew was owned by the opposition once we were satisfied they controlled the market substantially and have what it takes to deliver the goods nationwide. We were that tolerant…”

84 Comments

  1. Rhonyi

    November 14, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Is this Diezani? Did they photoshop these pics? She suddenly looks so old. I am finding it hard to believe.

    • Wale

      November 14, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Anyone that steals $56B and has the weight of a whole country on her asking for their money back will look like that too. In fact, anyone that has $100 only can pay a good teenager to photoshop an image. Either way, the point is, sickness is no excuse for not returning what is not yours. Many many many Nigerians have died because these people (selfish bastards!) denied people access to funds to build better hospitals here in Nigeria. So I have absolutely no sympathy. Your life is not more important that anyone else’s life. The minute Nigerians respect themselves they will begin to take back what is there’s. So “olo Jo Ko Ko Ro” Diezeni, DEAD or ALIVE, we want our money back.

    • nene+

      November 14, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Tinubu,Fashola,Fayemi are closer to you ,go get it from them first. They are your brothers, open your eyes bat.

      Deziani if you stole please return them. I wont allow rubbish on only Deziani Wale.

      Every one who stole should return.

    • Author Unknown

      November 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      STFU nene*. Is it always about tribal and political affiliations for you? A thief is a thief is a thief. Your logic is completely twisted. Don’t expect everyone to get caught in this game. Don’t get me wrong, I hope those you mentioned are brought to justice too, but I’m not holding my breath. On a human level, I hope Diezani gets better soon. As the saying goes, Vanity upon Vanity is all Vanity. At the end of the day, only a few things really matter. Often that which money cannot buy.

    • Ify J

      November 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      I bet you did not read the interview to the end. She said “any one with proof that I stole money,should come forward with it”

    • Ba

      November 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I don’t believe all these make up drama.

    • nnenne

      November 14, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Could all these Nigerian sexists take several seats?

      Leave the poor women alone to recuperate!

      When Nigerians are ready to look for their money, they will start from oil boom to date.
      Enough of these hypocrisy. .. hide your own and search for others.
      Atiku will soon run for the office of the presidency or may be Obasanjo will come back for a third term?
      Disgusting! !!!

    • youknow

      November 15, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you for that statement” her life isn’t worth more than any other Nigerian” bcos her greed has killed many Nigerians and is still killing Nigerian. Return our money back I have no sympathy for her. People like her should be executed and same with others who steal Nigerians fund. Nigerians are dying everyday living in abject poverty due to our resources not reaching more than 85% of our population because of thieves like her. May God judge you and may you also go to jail. The evil that men do……

    • Celeste

      November 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      @ Wale.
      You’re a FOOL.
      Its only a fool that will say to or abo
      ut another’s illness “I have absolutely no sympathy. Dead or alive we want our money back”. And if you and your likes are not stupid, you will be sensible enough to know you can’t call her a thief with no proof – she hasn’t bee
      n convicted. She is currently under investigation and is giving account of her stewardship of the petroleum resources ministry.

      Diezani headed a very important moneyed ministry and many that think the position is too exalted for a woman were against her. She stepped on many toes in her bid to do her job in the best of her ability. If she is guilty of the allegations against her, the court will decide but for now, I enjoin every Nigerian woman and all well meaning Nigerians to arise and speak out against this gender victimization.

      BN post my comment.

    • Debra

      November 17, 2015 at 11:53 am

      At ify oh I got proof, one flies about in a private jet, there are a billion others in her bank account. Mtchewwww.

    • Really?

      November 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      She most likely has cancer. When money was good, she was looking good. Although, high level of stress, anxiety, fear, guilty conscience, etc can make existing problem 20times worst. However, no excuse for the money stolen or embezzled. This is to show once again, money can’t buy you true happiness and good health. And, people that do wicked things on small and large scale, just keep in mind it doesn’t end well.
      Nigerians like to play sympathy game, based on gender and tribe. How dare her say, she didn’t steal any money. If the government is serious about their anti corruption, be transparent and give substantial evidence on what she stole and so forth. It’s that simple.

  2. B.E

    November 14, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Ooh no she looks very frail. Cancer is a deadly disease…may God grant her full recovery amen

  3. Cynical

    November 14, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Oh Lord,pls above all else give us good health. This is Diezani???? Reminds me of how I saw Dora(May God rest her soul) and was sure my eyes were deceiving me.

  4. Geebabe

    November 14, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I find it hard to believe that she has cancer. I think her MUA did a good job with the dark shadows under the eyes. BTW, why didn’t she give the interview to a reputable Nigerian newspaper with a good credibility history?

    • Ekene

      November 14, 2015 at 10:19 am

      May you be judged before trial. And no chance will be given to you for defence. Amen !!

    • nene+

      November 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Unknown Author and Lola are speaking there brain! Same way Deziani and PDP are thieves except yours? Name people you call thieves? Are they not Ngozi Okonjo, Alamesia, Ibori,Clarke,GEJ,Deziani, Stella, are they Yoruba? Or Hausa? Have you ever raised your fingers here against Fashola, Aregbesola or Fayemi????

      Bigots calling some else bigot! Blind bats!!!!

    • Eng?

      November 16, 2015 at 11:50 am

      ” speaking there brain! ”

      nene+ you can’t even speak Engrish, hehehe

      there vs their
      Also, what is the meaning of “speaking their brain”? Like seriously, what does it mean?

    • Chiemeka Ugo

      November 14, 2015 at 10:23 am

      @Geebabe may you go through what this woman is going through for this useless statement you just made. Can you imagine the filt that vomittrd from your mouth. Bellanaija post this comment

    • observer

      November 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      @lola nene, nnenne, Chidukane,Bruno, and few others remain the boldest here and in Nigeria. Nene said kill one kill all period

      Lola is a puppet living for her master She must be a low life she can never criticise yoruba or Hausa. Sue that where nene sits is a life dream for you.
      Nene weldone.

    • Celeste

      November 17, 2015 at 9:51 am

      BN…post my reply to Geebabe.

      Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matt 5:7.
      If you’re not merciful to your fellow sick human, do not expect mercy when in life threatening situation.

    • nene+

      November 14, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Oh dear! Deziani dont bother, they will never believe you. They judge you, but crown Amaechi,Fashola,Fayemi,Sylvia APC prince.

      Its hard to FIND govt. official 100 % clean.

      Deziani please take care of your self and ignore filthy accusing cowards!!!! I may not be your fan,but you are definitely not worse than Tinubu,Atiku,Amaechi,Fayemi and all those who donated to Buhari campaign budget,needless say you are not worse than the one who accepted the stolen fund to emerge and compensated the thieving stalwart of APC. I wish you a very quick recovery. None deserve to die. Get well enough to repent and restitute your ways. God help you. Amen

      I am PDP to the core. I do not blind my eyes like BATS and its blind insect followers.

    • lola

      November 14, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      You are a tribal bigot,all your comments are always directed to APC and other tribes. A thief is a thief whether the person is an Hausa,Igbo,Yoruba, Delta or Benue. May God be with u Diezani.

    • Truth Teller

      November 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      nene – hopeless looser!

    • kk

      November 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      You forgot to add Lielie Mohammed……..Anti-corruption my ass!!!

    • ify

      November 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      pls pls mind what you say. my mum had cancer and i know what a chemo patient looks like. Diezani just reminded me of what my mum looked like before she passed.

  5. Ekene

    November 14, 2015 at 10:02 am

    May you be judged before trial. And no chance will be given to you for defence. Amen !!

    • Segi

      November 14, 2015 at 11:44 am

      And may the same be the fate of you, your family and future generations down the line – since we are all sharing prayers!

    • Ekene

      November 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      This is supposed to be a reply to Geebabe please

    • Ewa

      November 14, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Someone replies you with your prayer and it stings you to the extent you have to clarify who you sent it to?? Na wa..

  6. Me

    November 14, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Please don’t come with these sentiments. Allow people state thier thoughts. Get well madam

    • Olofofo

      November 14, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Exactly! I support your comment. People are so fast to insult or lay curses on others just because their opinions differ. I don’t even understand why you will wish the illness she has on a total stranger you don’t know just because they reason differently from you. Look closely at Diezani and tell me if you will like your neighbour to look exactly like that for stupid reasons that do not make sense! I’m tired of commenters that are so angry and bitter in their personal lives coming here to spill rubbish. My reply is to those laying curses on people for stupid reasons. Hiss

  7. Ada Nnewi

    November 14, 2015 at 10:39 am

    May she get well soon enough to face trial…. Amen

    • Wale

      November 14, 2015 at 11:02 am

      God bless you! Nigerians have lost their objectivity-what Fela calls suffering and smiling. This woman stole so much that even her guys aluko and Omokri have agreed they embezzled funds and she is still pleading-does she really think we are stupid. She stole enough that her next 100 generation will never be poor. And people are still sympathizing with her. She has to be held accountable. All these PR stunt she is pulling is because they know that the same people that they slapped after looting from are foolish enough to feel sorry for her. She is nothing more than a manipulative greedy bastard! She is a common thief. She was like that even when she was in DC. We will go after every dime!

    • nnenne

      November 14, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Wale, if you have proof, come forward with it.
      Perhaps that will enable the government to collect the money, just like Abacha’s case.

      People like me hate selective judgment.
      How do we reconcile all the money Nigeria earned during the oil boom?
      We all know Diezani was not around then.
      I will always stand for fairness and justice for all Nigerians. No sacred cows!!!
      All the people calling nene+ a tribalist do not realize how tribal and biased they are.

    • Dzy

      November 14, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Ok you say she stole, no proof yet. But ok let us agree and convict her in public opinion court. Then comes Amaechi they say he stole no proof yet…. Let us agree to convict him in the court of public opinion. But wait he is a minister now. 16 billion $ for power project disappeared during Obj.
      No country can progress with out fairness and the rule of law. Please hold our state governors accountable!

  8. Ada Nnewi

    November 14, 2015 at 10:49 am

    May she get well soon enough to face trial.

    • nnenne

      November 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Kudos Ada Nnewi…
      I wish all Nigerians are like you and will willingly bring out their own.
      I ask my Yoruba brothers and sisters. ..so Fashola , Tinubu, OBJ etc are innocent?
      There is God-oooooooooooooooo!

  9. Tee

    November 14, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I pray no one goes thru what she’s going thru not even my worst enemy.I pray she gets healed quickly.But Nigerians,don’t let us get over sentimental abt this woman and her issues and don’t also let us underestimate the magic of MUA lately.They are witches.

  10. Olofofo

    November 14, 2015 at 11:33 am

    All we hear is cancer this, cancer that. Please can we know exactly the type of cancer she has? Breast, brain, eye, cervix, uterus etc. That was how that NAFDAC woman died, and all we heard was cancer. No location of cancer known. Poor Diezani! For once i’m heartbroken for her. Wow! Is this really her??? :'(

    • Anon

      November 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      It was reported as breast cancer. Prof. Akunyili’s type of cancer was known to those close to her.

  11. Anon

    November 14, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Power is transient. She is in good hands.

  12. Ebere

    November 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Cancer kills faster than HIV, I pray that the oncologist loads you up with enough chemotherapy, so that you get well and come back to naija to dance to the music of the song you started………..

  13. prince

    November 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    IF she’s really sick, God heal her and like Ada Nnewi said, so she could come and face trial because no one’s life is more important than another.
    What this woman looted would build DUBAI from scratch and please this isn’t time for sympathy, I think her conscience should prick her to return our looted funds and GEJ and his wife too are crazy criminals. Kola and her other accomplices should be brought to face justice and send to prison.

  14. Charles

    November 14, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Would sha have had “cancer” if Jonathan had won the elections? She can only fool gullible folks not us. Greedy criminal

    • HerExcellence

      November 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      @ Charles…u humans really lack in love and kindness. Imagine ur reasoning! Ow twisted and fickle ur mind is….ow different are u from d Paris terrorists with this kind of hate filled heart. Eh??
      The lady says she has cancer and we can see it from d pics.
      …wish her well and face ur work.
      Smh

    • anon

      November 16, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Her excellences what sort of brain do you have. I mean how? How do you reason. LACK OF LOVE? Are you fing kidding me. HOW MUCH LOVE FOR YOU AND OTHERS DO YOU THINK A CORRUPT POLITICIAN HAS. Please educate us?. They love us so much that they taught of us when they were buying private jets for their children. They LOVED US that’s why they built hospitals, roads, schools good enough for their own family members to use. I sorry for you. You must really, really hate yourself. You dare to accuse a victim of corruption of not loving the criminals thst made him a victim. Tufiakwa.

  15. AW

    November 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    My mum died from cancer, I can’t bring myself to wish her evil. I bet there were some people my mum may or may not have offended that rejoiced at her illness. All I wanted as her child was for my mum to survive and be well again. I just can not wish her evi because I see her through the eyes of a child that has lost her mother to cancer.
    Before you say that she looted billions that could have improved Nigerian hospitals, since we gained independence which of the governments have worked towards improving Nigeria as a whole?

    • nnenne

      November 14, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      AW…. may God continue to bless you! !!
      Don’t mind all these people.
      BTW, I don’t belong to any political party, neither am related to any Nigerian politician. I have never gotten any favors from them.
      Nigeria does not need sacred cows! !!

  16. Zee

    November 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Since we are not playing sentiments here, she is innocent until proven guilty! May she recover fully to face the trial

  17. Nigerians need real anti-corruption.

    November 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Where did Rotimi Amaechi get the funds with which he was (allegedly) one of the biggest financiers of Buhari’s campaign? Much as Fashola is admired, is it N87m or so really tenable just to ‘upgrade’ a personal website, apart from the other accusations? After he had to be rescued from his hostage situation inside a toilet in Government House whilst governor, by his political godfather, Chris Ngige confessed going to Okija shrine, stealing the gubernatorial mandate he was enjoying, etc yet he is also a minister in Buhari’s cabinet? From where did Babangida and Obasanjo’s huge wealth begin/come? Tinubu and wife have cases in drug trafficking ON RECORD in the USA (apart from alleged corruption in Nigeria, at least that as a drug baron and money laundering are on record in the USA.

    The list is long of corruption-besmirched persons in Buhari’s cabinet and amongst his closest associates and family friends (for all those who blindly argued that Buhari never said Abacha was not corrupt and that the stories of corruption about Abacha were lies, the recent photos in BN of Buhari’s wife and children welcoming warmly back into Aso Rock and cosying up to the daughter of the late dictator and flaunting it with utmost arrogance and insensitivity in the faces of Nigerians, should be food for thought; meanwhile those who ignorantly and blindly argue that the children were/are not involved in the father’s crimes should please also, if they truly do suffer from amnesia or were born after Abacha’s death and since then have never read a newspaper or listened to news on radio or tv of the stolen Abacha loot in all the years even up to this year, make Google their friend and look up easily available facts and records from government reports, law enforcement, court cases and judgements in Nigeria and abroad).. Buhari has remained blind, deaf and dumb to all these.

    When his CPC joined forces with Tinubu’s APC, Buhari came out to state he would not probe any government except Jonathan’s if elected and he has kept to it.

    When, whilst campaigning, Buhari made the mistake (2012) of speaking disparagingly of IBB, stating that IBB destroyed the oil sector, and IBB through his media adviser responded immediately saying,
    “Gen. Buhari, it is not in IBB’s tradition to take up issues with his colleague former President. But for the purpose of record, we are conversant with Gen. Buhari’s so-called holier-than-thou attitude.
    “He is a one-time Minister of Petroleum and we have good records of his tenure as minister.
    “Secondly, he also presided over the Petroleum Trust Fund ( PTF) which records we also have.
    “We challenge him to come out with clean hands in those two portfolios he headed. Or, we will help him to expose his. “records of performance during those periods.
    “Those who live in glass houses do not throw stones. Gen. Buhari should be properly guided.”

    Why, since then, did Buhari remain strangely silent on IBB and since then has never fired back or responded? Why has he never challenged IBB to bring out the “records” on his tenures that IBB says he has? Instead Buhari went silent and then chummied up to and made up with IBB?

    Buhari has been on nothing other than a most cowardly and selective witch-hunt.

    Let his so-called anti-corruption be all-encompassing, and let it start from his own self and from within his own house, both family/personal (e.g. his brother-in-law appointed as ‘consultant’ for PTF) and his political house.

    • FasholasLover

      November 14, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      @ Nigerians need real anti-corruption.
      I love, love, love you. XXXXXXXX. I cannot love you enough.
      Pls. be my friend? You are just brilliant.
      I just cannot stand people with low IQ.
      I refuse to comment on this post becos, l already said what needed to be said on this matter.

    • Yep

      November 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Please go and sit down somewhere.. You refuse to comment on this post, what did you just do?

  18. Sandy

    November 14, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Why did she take off her weave or wig? She is clearly looking for sympathy. Kindly return the money you stole which is more than enough to overhaul our healthcare facilities and institutions. Come back to Nigeria for your medical care!! It is easy for you as an ex-government official to go abroad for medical treatment while the country suffers from the lack of good healthcare delivery!!

  19. princess lulu

    November 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    but why do you guys think its good to curse people? saying all nonsense evil curses that comes to mind….please lea

  20. princess lulu

    November 14, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    but why do you guys think its good to curse people? saying all nonsense evil curses that comes to mind….please learn to bless people instead….

  21. tilda

    November 14, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I hope she gets well soon. She is at least fortunate enough to get first class treatment abroad a thing so many victims of corruption can never dream of. Even now so many of them languishing in pain becos they can’t afford morphine, gas for palliative care. as a patriotic nigerian I believe she would be happy to help the Nigerian government solve the mystery of vanished billions. As an innocent I am sure she will be looking forward to her day in court to vindicate and clear her name. Get well soon and help Nigerians fight corruption.

  22. JAY

    November 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    To all vanity people in the world esp Nigerians. Take lessons from this picture.no names mentioned.

    Regards

  23. chu

    November 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    While I do not support her looting and believe she should stand trial I wonder why women in power are witch hunted, corruption is the bane of our country, every political officer if investigated is part of it so why is it that when a woman is in a position of authority they Carry it on their head like she is the first. First was Ekeh, then Stella Oduah now Deziani. Don’t get me wrong what they did was bad, but why make it seem like they are worse than the men that did same. Double standard to me.

  24. *curious*

    November 14, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    all you people raining curses, i hope for your sake that the “stranger” you’re cursing is not a family member of yours or even someone that God wants to use in the future to bless you.

  25. *curious*

    November 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    If you’re truly sick, Diezani, i pray God heals you in Jesus name.

  26. 'Deola

    November 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    She is obviously being violated by Momodu irrespective of the idea that she is stating her side of the story. The questions she was asked are questions that emanated from gossips and are hardly questions about what went wrong in her ministry. There should be a right to privacy and dignity. Obviously she is being denied that, and in order to state her ‘side of the story’ she relinquished her right and embraced Momodu’s recreational exploitation.

    As a Nigerian, I’m better of knowing these following questions:
    What is wrong with NNPC and why it is perceived to be corrupt?
    What made her mum become the godmother of the Niger Delta militants?
    Why indigenous participation in the oil sector is not deep enough to the extent that companies employ Nigerians for most engineering and value-added works ?
    Why a country of 170 million people still have to rely on foreigners for everything including toothpicks?
    Why there is deep resentment in Niger Delta that other NIgerians are siphoning their wealth and using it to build Abuja and make few northerners rich, all with the collaboration of some Yoruba professionals?
    What is her take on the role oil plays in our economy ?
    Why the money they made during her tenure was not used to develop infrastructure?

    These questions , and more matter to me. I am not taken in by Dele Momodu’s sensational and dumbed down style of journalism.

    • chichi

      November 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Beautiful comment and mind. I see you too @ Nigerians need real anti-corruption

  27. ugh

    November 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    The questions asked in the beginning were so ridiculous. Why should it even matter who she is or isn’t sleeping with, of all the relevant questions to ask, that’s what he thought of? A mess

  28. i no send

    November 14, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    awww this is brilliant dele momodu really knows how fast we forgive in Nigeria and it worked..i pray she gets better though..i won’t say more than that if only Nigerians really know the facts the will be very very shocked but i wish her speedy recovery

  29. mz_daniels

    November 14, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I would have supported Deziani’s arrest but as a woman and Southerner, I cannot.

    Buhari’s hands are not clean from the PTDF scandal and all his close aides are alleged thieves so why the noise about Deziani? NNPC and the ministry of petroleum has been corrupt so why is Deziani being witch hunted?

    I fear that if Deziani is messed up, southern women in power run the risk of being messed up by northern men.

    Call me a bigot, but everyone gats look out for themselves. I have dreams of a political appointment

    • anon

      November 14, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      I am a woman and southerner I have seen the reality of corruption seen the real victims. A woman in office being asked to account for missing funds is not a Victim, she is not being messed up !! the true victims who are actuslly being messed up are the children dying of preventable diseases, people starving to death It needs to STOP. I don’t care were the cleansing begins. Once the process starts it won’t end till all corruption is exposed. I am appalled that any woman will think it is okay for corruption to continue becos she doesn’t want the process to start at home. Ever heard of the saying cutting of your nose to spite your face!? Its not all about politics its about doing what is RIGHT. i have NO POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS. I just want a better Nigeria for ALL. And it is possible ,we just need to make sure that women like yourself never ever get into office. You are a disgrace to womanhood.

    • nnenne

      November 15, 2015 at 12:10 am

      @anon… True talk. As we await Dizani’s return to Nigeria, can we start the probe with other public office holders now in Nigeria?
      ALL not just PDP members. The God fathers have not been touched and you know that! !

    • anon

      November 15, 2015 at 4:40 am

      @nnenna with all due respect let the anti corruption probing begin. A Kingdom cannot be divide against its self. There is no way in hell that the probe will not expose conspiritors and Co conspiritors of corruption. Read history if u will when probes like this start it’s has a domino effect. Don’t for one minute doubt that that all the others are sleeping restlessly now as they expect exposure. Let’s be patient and not to quick to get in the way of justice by sentiments of tribalism. Tribalism never put food inbpeoples plate, build hospitals, shools etc. Instead it siphons funds from the people into private pockets. As far as I am concerned anyone who betrayed the trust of Nigerians and took advantage to enrich themselves when in power is Not My BROTHER and I will not stand with you. They all belong to the tribe of SELFISH BASTARD. I stand with the VOICELESS VICTIMS from the north, East, South and West. These are my true brother suffering the effects of corruption. Tribalism is corruption and my dear two wrongs can never make a right and am sure u know it!.

  30. nunulicious

    November 14, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    so lets say you didn’t enrich yourself directly and personally, you turned the other way when people manipulated the system and fleeced us dry. furthermore, I am sure you accepted gifts from these people and organisations. As the minister of the federal republic of Nigeria, you did not protect the interest of the people you were required to protect. you are culpable on so many levels and aside God judging you, the court of law will also judge you.

    • DD

      November 15, 2015 at 1:25 am

      Agreed. I believe she has questions to answer about the dirty deals that went on under her nose (if not with her full involvement). If we don’t start to hold our leaders accountable for their action and inaction, we will never move forward as a nation. Anyone who (like me) has lost a loved one to cancer knows what a terribly wicked disease it is and will never wish it on even the worst person. So I pray she experiences complete healing from her current predicament. I pray she recovers fully, and I think that until that time, she should be left alone to focus on her health issues. When she recovers, she should be held accountable.

  31. amie

    November 14, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I have seen cancer first hand, I have lost a loved one to it and it’s hurts. The thot of her lying on her hospital bed with all her hair gone and finally given up still hunts me till today. So for people to call dis acting and make up just makes me sick… If at the long run she dies of dis God forbid and our dear anti-corruption squad finds out that she didn’t embezzle any money, what will they say to her family and all dis heartless people what will be dia reaction oda dan rest in peace….. Do unto others what u will have dem do unto you.

  32. obiageli

    November 15, 2015 at 9:26 am

    @nnenna, adapted nnewi and other ttibalist in the house shame on you big shame. If there is a theif in my house I will personally deliver that person to the police myself. Back to this woman the fact that she is ill is seperate from what she has being acused off. Let’s put sentiments and tribalism aside for a moment and face facts. She will get better in jesus name Amen.
    I am happy that the government have starting probing corruption
    I am not going to let stupid, sentiments like idiotic tribalist tenancy get in the way. That is how the devil uses chaoes to confuse people, and before you know it evil is allowed to prevail.
    At least now people will think twice before they steal, becos a standard is being set
    To all my eastern sistas imagine a biafra ruled by corrupt individuals wouldn’t you still suffer.
    Even if Buhari is a fool I am sure his advisers are not. To start tackling corruption , he must be aware that skeletons will be dug up.
    They did not go and silence this woman they are calling her to talk. To speak the truth.
    I really can’t stand ttibalist and corrupt leaders as far as I am concerned they are 5&6. The tribalist always covering up the theif.
    Fashola and Co ., your day in court is near.
    If people are found guilty of corruption I hope he does a jerry rawlings and cleanse this country properly.

  33. Grace

    November 16, 2015 at 10:59 am

    The truth is i didnt waste my time really the interview as i realy dont care about.(Not me).
    This wasnt good,she acted like a mini god when she was in power for several years,stole from us,today she needs my sympathy?Oh please let her look somewhere,its just that she didnt think(not just her but all others who have stolen)that it was ever gonna end this way. Guess even the money she stole cant buy her good health(Guess she and others thought they were gonna live forever)if she still has her way now,she wont do any better.

  34. Celeste

    November 17, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Having read through the comments here. I’m really appalled at the level of INSENSIVITY displayed by some persons over an illness of their fellow human. How can you be this heartless over a sick woman? You try and convict Diezani with your opinion, having no proof. Why have you decide to shabbily do the job of the court and the law enforcement agency? This woman’s family say she is sick and you have seen her looking different from how she used to and she too say she is sick. The best you can do if SENSIBLE is wish and pray for her speedy recovery, or you keep QUIET if you have nothing nice to say.

    As for those demanding their money she ‘stole’, while we await her recovery and return, could you please start demanding and collecting your money from the ones hale and hearty amongst you?

    This gender discrimination and victimization has got to stop. Diezani, is the first woman to head the powerful and important petroleum ministry, she should be commended and should inspire us – not hated, envied and bullied. Stop calling Diezani a thief in your jealousy, she is innocent until proven guilty.

  35. Debra

    November 17, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Having read through the comments I am appalled by the twisted mindset of some of my fellow Nigerians. I must add that I am perplexed by the inherent lack of objectivity being put on display on this blog.
    Yes she is sick she will get better
    Yes she is not the only Rat stealing cheese but the others have lead her into the trap. This is what happens when you dine with the devil.
    My neigbhour mother died a horrible death from cancer in Nigeria. Her last days she was begging for death, no morphine to calm her , no oxygen to help her breathe. Meanwhile some politicians were busy spend g NigeriaS money on themselves their child travelling the world in private jets. HOW IS THAT FAIR!!!
    The other rats have sacrificed this rat . Maybe this rat would lead the way to the Lear of the other rats.
    To all you misguided ttibalist let me tell you what your problem is- in your Godless state you have grown so selfish as to not even think about THE TRUE VICTIMS all you care about is protecting the criminals based on which tribe they are from. And to you I say may the RATS in your homes keep eating away at your store until such a time when famine hits and you need the store.

    • Celeste

      November 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      @ Debra:
      You accuse others of having a twisted mindset and lacking objectivity while you’re everything you accuse them of. Now ask yourself: Are you being objective by calling Diezani a thief (rat) with no proof and without her being convicted in the court of law?
      Since you’re good at accusing and convicting with no trial, and you know that she is not the only rat stealing the cheese and there are some others who led her to the trap could you, please, start demanding your money from those others, while Diezani gets better. Or are those ‘others’ untouchable? #lets say no to gender discrimination

      Diezani comes from a moneyed family and she is wealthy too, having worked in shell since 1992 and rose to be their first female executive director in Nigeria – her husband is a retired Chief of Naval Staff who was governor of Anambra and Imo state during the military era – so don’t be pained her kids fly private jets, she is privileged, worked hard and married well; its not her fault your parent couldn’t afford them for you.

      President Buhari in the news today, said corrupt suspect are innocent until proven guilty, so you try to be objective by allowing the court do their job.

      BN.. Post my comments.

    • debra

      November 17, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      @celeste , seems like you’re up to speed on this family , yep husband was chief of naval staff, one time governor . Greedarious family couldn’t keep their fingers out of the damned cookie jar. You need evidence darling, oh pleaseee dont make me laugh, like is there smoke without fire?! Well if you need evidence , as has being pointed out there’s a billion stacked away in her bank account. Anyway for a tribalist like yourself you wouldnt see evidence if it was written in scarlet bold capitals and stuck on a private jet . A Rat is a rat. I don’t care what tribe it’s from. You are sore Becsuse of an idiotic detail such as tribe. Has that built you a hospital!???. You want to pity cancer sufferers GO TO GENERAL HOSPITALS AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. Let me tell you something corruption has NO TRIBE. Get it into your thick skull. This rat has been caught and must be brought to book. Others will follow there is no ESCAPE. Dont worry even now files and stacks of evidence are being compiled. There is no escape. No thanks to the likes of you that will catch a rat ask it its tribe then set it free. You are a NARROW MINDED TRIBALIST. Genetically flawed and unable to see the bigger picture. . I am from the east I do not not share your ideology. In real life I stay clear of people like you. You no, Donald Trump made a bigoted comment about Africans you should read it. I’m done here.

    • Celeste

      November 18, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      @ Debra
      You’re one hell of an accuser! You accuse Diezani of thievery with no evidence. Now, you call me a tribalist. Do you know where I come from to support your accusation? No! And you also claim that Diezani has a billion stacked away in her account. Now, since you’ve made yourself her account officer, I ask you: is ‘a billion’ too small for a woman of Diezani’s standing knowing how far she’s come? She is wasn’t a civil servant (if you need to be reminded). That’s how they saw some dollars that amounted to six million naira at her home and some ignorant Nigerians were screaming – she is a thief; prosecute her! I laughed when one said that money is too much. I bet he didn’t even press a calculator before commenting that.

      Read up my comments on this thread, I never based my comments on tribal sentiments, rather, I talked about calling Diezani a thief with no empirical evidence – accusing her, when she is ONLY being investigated. I also talked about mercy for a sick person, and I’m not wrong – that’s what the holy book says. And yes, I talked about gender discrimination and I’m right about that too. Knowing the kind of politics we play in Nigeria, and for a woman to have headed such a powerful ministry as the petroleum, you know that’s a big deal. Many were against her and she stepped on many toes in her bid to do her job, if not for her boss, Goodluck Jonathan’s firm belief in her, she would have long been frustrated out of her position as minister of petroleum resources, so was the case when she was nominated for OPEC president, some where against her nomination but she still scaled through because her boss and colleagues believed in her as stated in the excerpts of this interview.
      Patricia Etteh was one of such women that faced gender discrimination, she was forced to resign her position as speaker simply because she is a woman. Some of her male colleagues were quoted saying they would never bow before a woman.

      Finally, I advise you quit being bitter and hate-filled toward others, especially if they successful. Rather, channel that envy to hard work and prayer so God in His infinite mercy will position you better to inspire and motivate others.

      BN.. Post my comment.

    • Celeste

      November 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      She wasn’t* a civil servant.

    • alero

      November 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      This is by far the dumbest comment I’ve read. Thank God you are not a lawyer you would argue your client straight into the hang man’s noose or firing squad. You think it is okay for a politician to have billions in their bank accounts or hidden under their beds. Anyway I am not surprised even that Zimbabwian vampire get supporters. All victims of brain washing.

    • Celeste

      November 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

      @ Alero:
      No, you’re the dumb one. Read, comprehend before you comment. Debra said ‘a billion’ and I replied ‘a billion’ is not too much for a woman of Diezani’s standing. She didn’t come from no where to become a minister (of which she has had three different portfolios), she was an oil worker since 1992 and rose to the position of executive director – the first female in Nigeria. Dumb calling others dumb!

      As a woman, I’m proud of her achievements; she is brilliant, bold, strong, hard-working and courageous. I pray she gets well, and give account of her stewardship of the petroleum ministry (which I wonder why none of her accusers are talking of transport and, mines and steel ministries which she also headed – so much interest on petroleum resources as though she should never have been appointed the minister at all). If she is guilty, she will face the law but for now, the troll, the name calling, the fights, the hatred, the bully, the envy, the evil prayers, the excitement over her ill-health are really unnecessary, unfair and inhumane.

  36. soji

    November 18, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Madam get well soon. I do not believe for one hottttttttttt minute that hard work alone enabled you and your family live in sure an extravagant and and ostentatious fashion. Becos if that’s true every nigerian would have a private jet parked in their backyards. We all work hard, very hard. Political appointment , especially in an impoverished nation like nigeria is not a previlage to enrich yourself it is a duty to people. It is unfortunate for you, that inquisitors have landed at your front door for answers . But it is high time people are investigated. Don’t take it personally it is corruption that is targeted here not gender or tribe.

  37. Theeto

    November 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

    What baffles me is the way we sometimes think, despte the freedom to speech and to think as well.
    If we as the present and future of this great nation cant be objective and have one voice on matter like this, then What hope is there for the future?
    Yes she has cancer, which am she she has long before now and yet she remained in the office for those period , lets not forget that she has headed some other ministries along the like. My question is why did she has to wait till this time before revealing her condition If not to play the sympathy card which most of our leaders do when they are called to give accounts. Colnel Dansuki is currently playing the same card.
    My point here is all Madame needs is to come clear her name free from all these accusations. Am sure If truly she has the economy @ heart like she said they would at a time have all their dealings documented. She should submit it to the appropraite authorities, If there is need for some clarifications then she well be asked to come and explain.

  38. Dabots

    November 25, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    But all we have heard over and over if her guilt is what certain faceless media especially on the Internet say. Where’s the proof? It’s a typically Nigerian thing to accuse every public servant of gross graft and stealing. While some actually deserve those accusations, it is far too common for us to paint every one with same tar brush. It’s such a thankless job soon no right-thinking or self-respecting Nigerian will agree to serve this country. It’s like, be ready to have your name and reputation dumped in the sewer by the same people whose interest you protect.

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