Late June and July of this year, there was a discordant news about the state of health of the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources. It took the effort of many well meaning Nigerians and yours truly to discourage people from being delighted about the news. I posited that no one should be happy about her state of health despite many emerging information revealing her as a privileged citizen who almost single-handedly run down our economy and as an individual who was part of the team that wickedly bled the country to stupor.
In strong words, I posited that No right thinking Nigerian should descend so low to wish Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke dead just as it is considered reprehensible to pray or wish one’s enemy not to get well. It is for this same reason that I put my weight behind the appeal of Alison-Madueke’s family to Nigerians, especially her critics, to let their daughter be. Thus, on Wednesday, 29 July 2015, I penned Diezani, Get Well Soon… You have a destiny to fulfill’
However, as I was pondering over the statement made by President Muhammadu Buhari in his independence day speech that “I bear no ill will against anyone on past events. Nobody should fear anything from me. We are not after anyone. People should only fear the consequences of their actions….” , a News broke that the Britain’s national crime agency arrests Nigerian former Petroleum Minister; Diezani Allison-Madueke for alleged money laundering and bribery. While trying to confirm news, another news broke that EFCC Operatives had surrounded the Asokoro home Of former Petroleum Minister.
Alison-Madueke, 54, served as a minister between 2010 and May 2015 under Nigeria’s immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan. She was reffered to as one of the ‘Five-Presidents’ of the administration in a bid to describe the power the weighed. Her tenure as petroleum minister was one of the most controversial amid several allegations of colossal corruption. Her tenure at the helm of Nigeria’s petroleum ministry is believed to be the most corrupt in Nigeria’s history.
Under her watch, unscrupulous Nigerian oil marketers abused fuel subsidy programme sponsored by the Federal Government by pilfering billions of dollars in oil subsidy payments without necessarily delivering petroleum products to Nigeria. There were allegations of mind blowing and earthquaking proportion under her watch.
Nigerians believed that the former minister defrauded Nigeria of several billions of dollars through a controversial strategic alliance agreement (SAA) between the state-owned oil company and some private oil companies involving key prolific oil blocks as reported by Sahara Reporters. When Lamido Sanusi, the then CBN Governor attempted to become whitsle blower over the unremitted billions of dollars, he was fired by Goodluck Jonathan
Just as the saying goes, it is not what Nigerians believe that matters, it what we can prove in court. Thus it is our fervent plead to the EFCC that they come up with compelling evidences.
EFCC was said to have seals Madueke’s home in Abuja, however, it will be in bad faith to even break into the house without a court or search warrant. EFCC should ensure that it internalised the “Order is vital than speed” view of the President. This is the same EFCC that was watching while the looting and lundering was on. In fact that EFCC needs overhauling and reorganisation.
Nigeians were shock with the information of two leading Nigerian banks that were said to have been used to launder most of the funds abroad in the Ex-Minister case. It was further revealed by some Nigerians that one of the leading bank has managed to cover it tracks and it was heard that database was edited to remove some transactions.
Madueke was released on bail, passport seized by UK police and to report on Monday. For the sake of millions of Nigerians living below poverty line, UK Crime Agency and EFCC should not miss this opportunity to right the wrong of the past. For the sake of millions of Nigerian children that are denied schooling and in the overall interest of millions of citizens of this country who were denied access to portable water, health care services, electric power supply, suitable accommodation and other basic necessities of life, EFCC don’t get this wrong.