Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister has said she is not seeking asylum in any country of the world. She made the statement after online reports claimed she was seeking asylum in six countries.
Madueke, who squashed the claims last night spoke through Ohi Alegbe, Group Public Affairs General Manager of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Alegbe stated that Alison-Madueke went on a short vacation outside Nigeria and would soon resume full duties as Petroleum Minister.
“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 statement said of Diezani who also doubles as OPEC president.
“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.”
“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,” it said.
According to the report by Business Council for Africa, Alison-Madueke’s departure from Nigeria is likely to be followed by several other PDP elders, party members and supporters as well as some former government officials, as General Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption drive will be far-reaching.