Politics Diezani’s Many Contrivances - The Nation


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THE great Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini, would be green with envy were he to be a contemporary of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. While the former extricated himself from many straitjackets in the face of death, unaided by friend or foe, the latter is prising herself loose from tight corners of all kinds, facilitated by government conspiracies and general bureaucratic magic. When it became obvious that the House of Representatives was determined to press ahead with a probe of how the minister spent a whopping N10bn in two years on chartered jets, she applied to a Federal High Court in Abuja for respite from parliamentary investigations.

Between April 11 when the case was filed and May 5 when Justice Ahmed Mohammed heard the case and gave a number of orders and adjournments, the minister’s spin doctors sold the public a dummy of their own making. Their first contrivance was to hoodwink the media by claiming that the judge had ordered the Reps to stop the Diezani probe. Presto, someone in the Reps told the media that, indeed, the lower chamber had suspended investigations. But a thoroughly flustered and angry Justice Mohammed exclaimed shortly thereafter that he gave no such orders, and asked the Reps to appear before him to show proof by what juridical adroitness they interpreted his order. The Reps, of course, balked, and restarted the probe.

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Source: The Nation



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