Diezani and husband
Diezani and husband

I Told Diezani Not To Bring Money Home — Husband       

Funsho Akinwale

Rear Admiral Alison Madueke (retd.), the husband of the embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani, has reacted to the ongoing trial of his wife.

The retired naval officer, according to his recently published book titled, ‘Riding the Storms with God on My Side’, had warned his wife not to focus on money but maintain the good name of the family when she was appointed in 2007 as a minister by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He stated in the book that he persuaded his wife not to accept the job because she had made a career becoming the first female director of Shell Petroleum Development Company in Nigeria.

“When finally she was appointed Minister of Transportation, I took further time to advise her on the topic of self-protection and self-preservation in the bureaucracy,” he said.

“I finally recited the advice my father had given me upon my appointment as military governor. Go do your best, don’t bring back money, but bring back my name.

“Later in that administration, she was appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources, a position she held until the Peoples Democratic Party lost the 2015 Presidential election.”

Speaking on how he allowed his wife to accept the job, the former military brass disclosed that Jonathan pleaded with him to allow Diezani to take up a job as minister as there were few persons of Bayelsa origin who had her impressive resumé.

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