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“Diezani could not deal with having another female around” Jonathan – Stella Oduah on her Sack as Aviation Minister



"Diezani could not deal with having another female around" Jonathan - Stella Oduah - BellaNaija

Former Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah has claimed she was removed by former President Goodluck Jonathan at the request of former Petroleum Minister Diezani Allison-Madueke, The Cable reports.

Stella made the revelation in an upcoming book written by Bolaji Abdullahi titled “On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria.”

Abdullahi served as the Minister of Sports during the Jonathn-led administration.

Oduah, in the book, claimed she was invited over by Jonathan when the news broke in 2013 that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) bought her BMW armoured vehicles worth $1.6 million.

According to The Cable, Abdullahi wrote that both Anyim Pius Anyim, then the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Diezani were present in the meeting.

Oduah reportedly said the president was satisfied with her explanation when asked to state what had happened.

Diezani had according to The Cable promised Oduah to speak to her friends in the National Assembly and the media to let go of the issue.

Oduah, in the book, said:

I thought she had my back. I did not know at the time that she was actually fuelling it and orchestrating all the media attacks.

I knew all along that Diezani could not deal with having another female around who had the kind of access I had to the president.

But she went too far. She thought I was the one who leaked the issue of private jet that put her into trouble with the House of Representatives. For her it was payback time.

Diezani was paying people to keep the story alive. At the same time, she was whispering in [the president’s] ears that he had to take action.

When Oduah was eventually fired, she reportedly asked Jonathan: “Did Diezani ask you to sack me?”

Jonathan had reportedly answered “No.”


  1. lolu

    November 21, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Goodluck Jonathan; A good man but a weak leader

    • ITK

      November 21, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      I agree. Unfortunately being good does not a leader make. He was weak. Very weak.

      Aunty Sueh sueh you were kicked out becos you have sticky fingers.

  2. John

    November 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Surrounding himself with women was ONE of the downfalls of Jonathan…such a pity , he was a nice man( that would have made a good president) but he was clueless and stupid…the exact thing that happen to tony blair

    • keke driver

      November 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      “Surrounding himself with women was ONE of the downfalls of Jonathan” ……….. I’m finding it difficult to believe that people still think like this in 2017.

    • John

      November 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      what is so special about 2017 or this day and age?

    • oyin

      November 21, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      John the Idiot.

      So other leaders we’ve had who did not surround themselves with women, they’ve made this country great, haven’t they?

      John the everlasting Idiot.

    • Anon

      November 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      The comparison with Tony Blair is risible. Except you don’t know Tony Blair.

  3. Iris

    November 21, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Who cares? None of this touches on these people’s effectiveness about their jobs. They just enter and start doing Nollywood drama and then look for sympathy from the same people they screwed over. Gerrarrahere..

    • Ephi

      November 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Honestly, what is our business here?! Same bunch of stealing looters. Rubbish.

  4. Antong

    November 21, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    He was such a good guy. He meant well, but I just couldn’t understand how Diezani had such a morbid hold on him. Too bad.

  5. Iya ibeji

    November 21, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    So all of a sudden Diezani had a morbid hold on Jonathan and the women he surrounded himself with were the problem while Jonathan is a good man. Its like there is something wrong with our thinking as a society. Nigerian politics is a if you can’t beat them, join them situation. Jonathan made the choice to join them so he could stay in power and this situation will remain so whether we elect pastors ( those pushing for Osinbajo because he’s a pastor), an igbo man or another person from the south south. Until we there is change across board, (senators, commissioners, local government chairman), electing a president we think is a “good” man can never solve our problems. He/she has two options; join them or be pushed out and we all know the likely response to this situation is the person will join hands with the cabal and the oppression continues.

  6. Funmilola

    November 21, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I can bet she will never tell how she looted funds…its just annoying how bad and corrupt leaders decide to write books about themselves when they should burying their heads in shame.
    who reads the books abeg?

  7. Cozygal

    November 21, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Our leaders have no dirty lining. They spread all out there because no one shames them over it. If this woman had been shamed and never re-elected for her looting, will she be contributing to any book? How is this even something important to contribute to a book?
    Who are those that sponsor these book writing anyway? Here I am ranting. What’s the hobby of a man who has looted his nation. On the list should be paying writers to write about them and attending launch parties to stay relevant.


    November 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I believed she must have considered you to be a thieffing rival. That’s why she pushed you away from Bad luck Jonathan to secure all the loots for herself Stella Oduah.

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