I Never Touched Any Money That Belonged To Nigeria – Diezani Alison-Madueke

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Diezani Alison-Madueke has reacted to allegations that she stole as minister of petroleum resources.

In an interview with THISDAY, she said she would go into her grave knowing that she never touched any money that belonged to Nigeria throughout her tenure.

She said: “Did we make mistakes? There would always be mistakes. People would always make mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes and there is no question about that. Have we learnt from our mistakes? Of course we have. But please do not say I stole $20 billion or $18.5 billion because I did not at any point in time.

“And if NNPC misappropriated funds or so, they have the entire explanation and more forensic audit should be done to determine how and why. But people should not make damaging accusations which have nothing to do with an individual. At no point did I steal from the Nigerian state.

“In fact, the first mantra I had from the time I came in was that I will never touch anything that has to do with the Federation Account and I never did and I will take that to my grave. So I will suggest that this issue of $20 billion or $18 billion be dropped because that is the major problem I had with my job.

“I was accused of unsavoury things, but which were actually accusations against NNPC and the audit was deployed to clarify all these things. So let us deal with the issues. I have never gone around accusing people of doing this or that, I have always stuck with the issues even when I was the most abused minister, I was professional, I stuck to the issues and responded only to the issues.”




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  1. Please my brothers and sisters, leave this woman alone. She may not have stolen anything according to her, it might be a mistake. People make mistake. Thank you.

  2. I believe the minister when she says she didn’t steal from NNPC. You would have to be naive to believe such a tall tall. $20billion??? Hahahahaha right.

  3. Which thief ever accepted he or she stole.
    There are evidences backing up these theft and Jonathan’s administration is not doubting it.
    Unfortunately, she still doesn’t understand the present administration’s approach. It is clear, they want her to accept all the back dealings and theft, mention other officials involved, refund the money and go to jail. Before that, the corruption amnesty committee could make a deal to shorten her jail term.
    Personally, I feel it is better treated now than escape it in this administration, although that won’t happen. A much more radical government that would be fierce in action’s is coming.

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