Diezani-Allison-MaduekePetroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has denied reports linking her to seeking asylum in any part of the world.
The minister, who spoke through the Group Public Affairs General Manager of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, denied ever contemplating relocating from Nigeria.
According to an online news story yesterday, the minister had been denied asylum by six countries, where she had so far applied, but did not mention the countries involved.
Alegbe, while reacting to the online publication, said his boss only went for a short vacation outside Nigeria and would soon return to her job.
According to him, the claim that the woman had been denied asylum by six countries was not only a fabrication aimed at confusing some gullible persons, but deliberately meant to smear the image of the minister and that of her office.
Alegbe said: “I want to say that the Minister of Petroleum has never contemplated going on asylum in any part of the world and has never applied for any.
“The minister has only gone for a short vacation abroad and will soon return to Nigeria, having no reason to leave her job and country for any other place.”
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The online medium had quoted a group known as Business Council for Africa, BCA, that no fewer than six countries had already refused an asylum request by Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, given the impression that the minister would be investigated under the new administration of General Muhammadu Buhari, despite his pledge not to probe his predecessors.