I am not a thief — Alison Deziani Madueke

One of Goodluck Jonathan’s henchman and former minister of petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, condemned a documentary by Aljazeera.

The documentary featured an Abuja property worth $18 million dollars owned by Alison Madueke and Jewelries worth $2 million dollars.

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The EFFC have seized these assets.

In a swift reaction, Madueke stated that “My attention has been drawn to a report by Al Jazeera, which was released on Monday as a testament to the effectiveness of EFCC in its war against corruption.

“In the video report, there are claims about me owning a property in Abuja allegedly worth $18 million.

“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 jewelry 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 demonize 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.

“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, jewelry?

“Jewelry, which women all across the world, including the woman selling tomatoes in Bodija market have in abundance in their closets?

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“In which court of law, anywhere in the world was I prosecuted by the EFCC and found guilty of corruption?

“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?”