Following her failure to get President Jonathan and the ex-head of
state, Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar secure a soft landing deal for her from
Gen Buhari last weekend, Nigeria’s controversial petroleum minister, Mrs
Diezani Alison Madueke has fled the country to the United Kingdom.
Naij.com is reporting that a reliable source in the presidential
villa said that “madam had to take off far ahead of the inauguration of
the government of Gen Buhari because she is scared he may turn his
searchlight on the oil sector.” Ironically, the minister who is widely
known to travel around in private jets had to travel this time in the
first class cabin of the British Airways flight.
When contacted to confirm the minister’s whereabouts, one of her
aides who asked for anonymity confirmed Alison-Madueke indeed left the
country on Monday morning but gave a different reason for the trip.
According to the minister’s aide “it is true the Hon. Minister traveled
but she went to take care of her health because she has been down
medically and she needs proper medical attention.”
Asked when the minister will be back in the country, the aide said
“no one can say when she will be back. That depends on her health and
the advice of her doctors. She may come before May 29, she may decide to
stay back with her children over there till anytime to take care of
Mrs Alison-Madueke is yet to account for the $20 billion which the
former CBN governor and now Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has
continued to insist was diverted from the federation account by the
minister and her cronies in the NNPC.