Politics

Diezani Denies Asylum Rumours

By Chris Nomjov

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke has rubbished claims she was seeking asylum in other countries.

In a statement signed by the Group Public Affairs General Manager of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, said the reports were false and aimed at smearing her image.

The statement further read that the Minister only went for a short vacation outside Nigeria and wold be back in the country soon.

“I want to say that the Minister of Petroleum has never contemplated going on asylum in any part of the world and has never applied for any.

“The minister has only gone for a short vacation abroad and will soon return to Nigeria, having no reason to leave her job and country for any other place.”

Online media houses had quoted a group, Business Council for Africa, (BCA) and said that no fewer than six countries had already refused an asylum request by Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

The BCA gave the impression that the minister would be investigated under the new administration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), even though he had said that he would not probe his predecessors.

“Given her reputation, it comes as no surprise to learn that six countries have already refused to grant her asylum to live in their countries as she now wishes to leave Nigeria at the earliest possible opportunity.”

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