I’m not a thief – Ex-Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke fights back

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke has declared that she is not a thief as being bandied around in the social media through a video report by Al Jazeera.

Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria's minister of petroleum, speaks during the closing news conference at the 157th Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, October 14, 2010. Oil climbed for a second day in New York after an industry-funded report showed U.S. crude supplies fell and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries moved closer to improving compliance with production cuts. Photographer: Vladimir Weiss/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Alison-Madueke described the report as ridiculous and mischievous and an attempt to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.

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In her response to the report, the former minister who is now battling cancer in London stated:

“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”.



  1. Ghen gehn… the real former president is talking,In April 2010,i was appointed the minister of petroleum resources, and that was when you made the kill, don’t deny it,it makes your sin double by lying, I will suggest you come back so that TB Joshua or Dr Chris Okafor will pray for you, I believe in miracle, you will be healed by God to face justice if really you are suffering from cancer.

  2. You are a thief, even though you accept it or not! How come you are in possessions of those huge cash n properties? Does she realizes that she is a civil servant n we know what salary bracket she falls under even if she works in the oil and gas sector —–so madam , tell us such huge monies n properties were found on you? Your civil servant salary will NEVER give you such wealths even though you are being paid before you were conceived n given birth by your mother till date!! Madam, we have all your info how you started as a Youth corper back in the days in SHE’LL PETROLEUM. My conclusion of you, is that you are a BIG GREEDY THIEF , simple as a ABC.! Go n beg for forgiveness for the hardship you have caused NIGERIANS.

  3. I think if EFCC has any claim to the effect that she has stolen, they should charge her to court. I feel this media war by EFCC is premeditated and unlike a lot of Nigerians carried away by the cartoonist approach to the anti corruption crusade, I believe it’s time we begin to ask ourselves if we are not being taken for a ride. Please EFCC just prosecute your case to a logical conclusion.

    • She needs to be grilled by EFCC BEFORE SHE CAN BE CHARGED! She ran away to England before Buhari was sworn in and has not returned to Nigeria since then to face charges . If she is innocent she should come and defend the charges.

  4. You are a thief if not know,wicked woman . EFCC charge her to court immediately and send her to where she belong.
    Your cup do full

  5. Madam,I can confirm that you are a very big thief! Some of us that are operating in the Oil & Gas sector of the economy know that u are the chief thief. Your entrance into the sector as a minister turned the whole place into a big racquet. You want to attract sympathy to yourself by making allusion to your present health condition without giving a thought to the many lives that were lost to hunger and deprivation by your greed. Infact, what you should be doing now is just to return all our assets(money-Naira + Forex, houses, jewellery etc) to us and pray to God for his forgiveness as you prepare to go meet him and answer to your atrocities while here!

    • So ed you have become God that knows when an individual will meet Him, I hope you don’t go before her O! Because of freedom of social media we forget that there is a God listening and watching us all. I have seen people survive worse cancer whilst those seemingly healthy just collapse and die. Let’s stop playing God please.

      • Dele you are a nitwit. You’re either a beneficiary or just plain stupid. The govt is simply dancing circles around her. The bank MDs she used for illegal transactions are already returning stolen money and here you are a buffoon making a case for her. I’m not sure you live here. Even if you don’t you’re worse than an illiterate.

        • Dodo I appreciate the fact that on four occasions in reply you used unsavoury words and I list them as reminder in case you forget suddenly; nitwit, s****d, buffoon, worse than an illiterate. So what does it say about you who lives in Nigeria. Clearly anyone who reads your comment will know that you are the missing link between apes and man by virtue of your choice of words. You are right about one thing though I’m not living lagos presently, however by virtue of the bank of information we have on Nigeria politics through diverse intelligence agencies all over the world I can guarantee you that you are totally in the dark on the real issues in Nigeria. On the banks you are talking about, please take a closer look at the books of the banks involved especially fidelity bank. Every lodgement and payout was documented and source identified by the bank and all were reported on a weekly basis to the regulators as required by the regulator. So if banks are returning funds as reported in your dailies I would advise you to verify again. It is however a bit more interesting to follow up on her involvement in the oil swap deal which even agencies here still are not totally convinced that she exercised fairness in the whole process, but still we feel that since the true picture is gray, she ought to have her day in court. That’s how civilised nations deal with such cases. Come to think of it the millions of naira representing people’s tax in lagos we understand went a long way in prosecuting APC elections. The funds also went through banks. Why is EFCC not investigating that. Fair is fair my dear friend, we all have differing opinions but if you are Patriot as you act then be one and allow justice to prevail and stop being caustic. It won’t help you in anyway.

  6. This is a most unfortunate situation ! We can guess all we can , but until the court pronounces this woman guilty, she is presumed innocent according to our Constitution.
    But one thing worries me ! And that is the way that this present regime and the EFCC use the media to paint an accused black and silently declare that person guilty before the public before that person has the right to defend himself/herself before the law court. This is a new and trending style and it is WRONG !

    • She needs to be grilled by EFCC BEFORE SHE CAN BE CHARGED! She ran away to England before Buhari was sworn in and has not returned to Nigeria since then to face charges . If she is innocent she should come and defend the charges in Nigeria.

  7. Thank you for sharing your great profile with us. But that doesn’t answer the weighty allegation of corruption and misappropriation of public funds hanging on you. All the people that collected money from you have confessed and most have started refunding. Can’t you see the game is over?

  8. All dis one wey you dey talk na ‘tales by moonlight’. You are one of the reasons why this country is in a ‘big mess’. You are offered ministerial positions because you studied abroad, which doesn’t make you any better than those who studied here, yet, you have nothing to show for it, except the unimagineable wasting of the nation’s wealth. At the end of the day, you all run abroad to live. You can’t stay here, because there is nothing here that meet your standard/taste. Shame on you all!

  9. You are not a thief, then what are you? Olee? Kparawo? Shameless wicked woman. You were busy saving for the unborn generation when hunger has sent many Nigerians to land of see no more. Come and enjoy the money naaaa. Onye ori. Ntoor

  10. Even Kola Aluko, her main man in the office and in the room has sold one of his houses in the U.S to recover some of the money just before the long hands of the law catches up with him.

    It still boils down to lack of SHAME in our culture, where we celebrate thieves and rogues. A more decent approach would have been to continue to remain silent and tend to her health issues while hibernating in the UK.

    KUDOS to EFCC and Buhari. Please continue the recovery process. At least let people be a little scared of stealing public funds and property.

    Can you imagine even an old man like Oransanye getting involved in fraud, as old as he is ? Now he’s being dragged all over the place like a rat.

    It took her the expose on Al Jazeera to mark her start barking. I wonder if she has her tail between her legs or she’S wagging her tail. Shameless woman. I did this, I did that.

    Jonathan was just completely out of control. To think he’s still gallivanting like all is well still baffles some. Am not surprised. It’s still about the main issue…..lack of a culture of SHAME.

    Preecpa, na only you waka come ? Thereeezgōdoh. They were in total denial of the kidnapped girls. Over 2 years after, we are still searching and yet Fayose the clown is still in denial.

    May we never be governed by this lot of people demonic people again, ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeN.

    Madam, may God forgive you, that’s all you deserve and while at it, please refund some of the looted funds. The tomato seller in Bodija has more honor than you right now, think about that while you’re recovering. I pray you do, fully, if you are. We leave you in the hands of GOD.

  11. I just simply shed tears ! Why? With all the wealths that the country is blessed with it. The country is still ravaged by sufferings n hardship bcos of heartless Nigerians in positions of power that has failed us by indulging in absolute corruption, and today, no electricity, good roads, high rate of unemployment n other social problems! ! God please help this country cos there is no reason for this sufferings in the midst of plenty.

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