It is not unlikely that immediate past minister of petroleum resources in Nigeria, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, is suffering from cancer, reports have revealed.
In an interview with THISDAY, the former chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, who has been under fire for allegations of misappropriation of over $20billion, disclosed that she never tried to run away from the country, noting that she went abroad for treatments which included a surgical operation.
"Starting from the running away, I will say no. I did not run away from the country. I had said clearly to everybody a few months ago that I have been coming out regularly from early this year for treatments. In fact, everybody would remember that in March I had a major operation and I have been coming out for treatments periodically.
"It is a necessary treatment, so I have not run away at all. Having said that, the attacks have been so vicious and nasty," the former OPEC president explained.
The interviewer probed further, asking her if the ailment was cancerous in nature but Alison-Madueke did not give a succinct response.
Instead, she said: "That is a private matter that should not concern the public."