Gov. Oshiomhole says he is not surprised by fraud allegations levelled against Diezani Alison- Madueke

The Edo State Governor and former Nigeria Labour Congress- NLC President , Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has said he was not surprised at the current allegations made against former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the United Kingdom given that the nation’s economy had been badly managed over the years.

Oshiomhole said no average Nigerian fared better under the ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration despite the media hype over a reported rebasing of the economy.

The Edo governor spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, stating that he doesn’t think anybody should be surprised about Alison-Madueke’s trial in the UK because even the most favourable commentator on the Nigerian condition, the economy, the polity and the society, the economy was badly mismanaged over the years.

Oshiomhole further said that the truth had been that a lot of money was stolen under Jonathan’s watch and the ongoing travails of Alison-Madueke could only be described as a tip of the iceberg.

When asked if the Federal Government had a hand in the former minister’s ordeal, Oshiomhole said, “It is not about who has a hand in what. I think it’s about law and order. In other climes, institutions do their work. They are not at the beck and call of the political authority. They have their mandate and the law specifies this and it is scrupulously followed.”

He said he was the happiest person concerning the current developments because he had been in government for seven years without being in power.



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