Diezani Blasts Al Jazeera Over $18Million Asokoro Mansion Seized By EFCC

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June 14, 2016 – Diezani Blasts Al Jazeera Over $18Million Asokoro Mansion Seized By EFCC

Here is an official statement released by Diezani on the $18million mansion seized by EFCC on Saturday.

“My attention has been drawn to a report by Al Jazeera, which was released on Monday as a testament to the effectiveness of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in its war against corruption.

In the video report, which has gone viral on social media, there are claims about me owning a property in Abuja allegedly worth $18 million and jewellery worth $2 million which have been seized by EFCC.

The report, which represents everything ridiculous and despicable about professional media practice and global best practices in the war against corruption, is the latest attempt to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.

Clips of jewellery allegedly worth over $2 million were also copiously displayed as if to feed the cravings of an audience gratified with the notion that every wealthy Nigerian is corrupt.
This will not be the first time calculated attempts have been made to demonise and damage my reputation in the public space. Many times, my detractors have gotten away with these irresponsible smear campaigns because they have become accustomed to my characteristic approach of silence in the face of these callous attacks.

The latest in the string of propaganda attacks launched against my person since I left government as Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister is this Al Jazeera report, which without any court conviction anywhere in the world attempts to dress Diezani Alison Madueke in the garb of a common criminal.

This, to say the least, is the height of journalistic brigandage and a sheer mockery of Nigeria’s anti-corruption war before the eyes of the world who are watching and asking if the war against corruption is a circus show where suspects are prosecuted and sentenced on the pages of newspapers and video blogs without anything as remotely in the semblance of a trial in the courts of law.

When did it become a crime to own a property in Nigeria? When did it become a crime for a woman of my status to have in her possession, jewellery? Jewellery, which women all across the world, including the woman selling tomatoes in Bodija market have in abundance in their closets?

In which court of law, anywhere in the world was I prosecuted by the EFCC and found guilty of corruption?

With all sense of modesty, I say this only for posterity and for the records. I have strived within my means and the blessings of God to live a decent and accomplished life.
I studied architecture in England and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, United States of America in 1992. When I returned to Nigeria that same year, I joined Shell Petroleum Development Corporation.

In 2002, I obtained an MBA at Cambridge University, United Kingdom. In April 2006, I was appointed by Shell as the company’s first female Executive Director in Nigeria.
In July 2007, I was appointed by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as Minister of Transport. The next year in December 2008 I became Minister of Mines and Steel Development.

In April 2010, I was appointed as Minister for Petroleum Resources and served in that capacity till May 2015. During this period as Petroleum Minister, I had the honour of serving Nigeria and representing her in the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) where I was elected first female President.

All through my career, I have strived to maintain a record of hard work, integrity and excellence, giving my best to society, because my parents raised me in the consciousness that a man or woman’s greatness is defined not by the amount of wealth they have acquired but the impact of their service to God and humanity.

Coming at such a critical time in my life when I am battling cancer, this poorly executed propaganda bares on its face like tribal marks, a clearly malicious attempt to victimize an innocent woman in what appears an exaggerated plot to validate and give credibility to the anti-corruption crusade under Nigeria’s new regime.

People who are battling cancer or those who have lost their loved ones to this medical condition understand what I am going through at this time. This is what makes me ponder at the cold-heartedness of those who will go any length to defame and destroy in the name of propaganda. What happened to our shared humanity?

I have absolute regard for the law and believe that people who have breached the laws that govern societies should be made to face the wrath of the law. But in a civilized society, a responsible government owes its citizens absolute commitment to the principles of rule of law, equity, fairness and justice.

I have been wrongfully and maliciously maligned and those behind this reckless action know it.

I leave them to posterity, their conscience and above all the Almighty God who is the final judge of all”.

16 thoughts on “Diezani Blasts Al Jazeera Over $18Million Asokoro Mansion Seized By EFCC

  1. Outer look beautifully innocent and inner look dangerously wicked. After all the grammar blown above do you expect me to pity you?

  2. I don’t think that reeling out your CV is necessary here, neither is whipping up sentiments about your health going to help. Sick people go to prison, and so you should prepare, in case you are convicted at last. If you are judged and discharged and acquitted, then you’d have the rest of your free life to manage your health.

  3. Oleeeeeeee!!! playing on sentimentalities of being a woman. A woman whose level of corruption was known and validated even while she was still in Office. How come this ‘Cancer’ infected her immediately after leaving office?

  4. TO THINK OF IT,SHE IS RIGHT, please instead of parading her wealth ,why not investigate her and charge her to court if found guilty. Believe me if I am in her shoes ,and I worked so hard like she did, I will buy whatever that gives me comfort. Reading From her accomplishments and resume ,she has done well for her self. Nigerians please let us leave sentiments and not allow our poor mentality of because am poor every other person around me should be or is. Because tomorrow it could be you in her shoes. what goes around comes around. Get well soon ma ,and thank you for your services to our great country Nigeria. Finally,I pray that if you are innocent of the accusations labelled against you ,at the end of your trial, if any ,may God vindicate you. If not let other leaders both past and present learn from it.A good name is better than bad one. Like our motto will always say leave good behind.

  5. To hell with that MBA, this oju wonkoko ( parrot eye) woman , you see this shameless opportunist come dey sprinkle grammar for here, se you think say all these go command you some respect? Mother, you are a thief!

  6. When will the nigeria corruptions will come to and end is it by being so selfish to others because of the condition they found themselves

  7. I will say Nigeria as a country is an open bag if the so called EFCC is working it should work like the FBI and CIA cos that’s what it stands in Nigeria not an open mouth like Man O War. well is still a backward country where the president sits and talk about crime everyday and not talk about development and how to build its economic that so called country will die off soon. Why don’t he probe so called men of god who buys jet everyday how much is offering money? you think we don’t know the said government use this men of god to move our money out of the country? a woman who has held so many offices as such should have been able to save well this EFCC are playing with our brain bcos they know that even the graduated Nigerian is a fool if not why cant a working class woman save and build a good house we should check more on the staffs of this EFCC when a low rank officer driving a good car and the boss offshore all the cars the take from this persons and uses their family members to buy them.. Greedy Oga at the top. U are all heaters of success and as for u big lady if u are well educated like u claim you should be able to stand your grounds as u worked why schooling abroad and studying and have worked enough to save. everyone is a thief and its base on your grade and where u stands abi u wan be minister they shop lift? well if u have a good lawyer get a private investigator and double check so many EFCC bosses and nail them as well.

  8. This ministers where given free houses to live and free cars to use and people even dash them money so why cant she save and buy that kind of house?? musicians can even buy such how much is sold on a deal ? pls think Nigeria.

  9. Madam Petroleum, please save me that crap. Who cares about your CV. You are publishing your résumé as iif you want to apply for a job. Nigerians demand an explanation on who you have mismanaged our money under your care. You mentioned few things about Nigeria which is really true and that is why you took an advantage of those loopholes in order to escape justice. You mentioned that Nigeria is not civilized that is why you are using her weak rule of law to wipe out our revenue and end up hiding in UK. You stressed further that EFCC has not been effective to bring you to justice. That means nobody should say anything about the stolen money and other evidences until you are proven guilty in the court of law. You understand that you have enough of ill gotten money to overturn your verdict. It is not really your fault, if you have been dock inside 4*6 jail cell you would not be blabbing about claiming some rights which is not really working in our Country. Finally you said you served this Country. I don’t think so instead you served as a curse to this nation. Do you want to sell us the same lie that your counterpart Saraki sold to some people that he was stupendously rich before joining politics?.

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