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Sunday 11 October 2015

Dieziani Allison-Madueke - Igbo Group Alleges Witch-Hunting

The recent arrest of former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Dieziani Allison-Madueke, in London has been described as a calculated witch-hunt and vendetta intended to humiliate the former minister over her principled stand to indigenise the oil industry.

This is the observation of the Coalition of Eastern Nigeria Political Pressure Groups (CENPPG), which, in a statement in Owerri at the weekend condemned what it termed "a clear case of witch-hunt against the former minister by those who felt she did not favour them while in office".

In the statement signed by the Chancellor of CENPPG, Nze Elvis Agukwe, the federal government was also accused of grandstanding and intimidation of persons perceived to have been the back-bone of the former administration "with a pre-determined view to demonize them".

President Buhari is in possession of all the secrets and files of the federal government and do not have any problems getting facts and figures. What Nigerians demand is transparency in the gamut of the war against not only economic corruption but also political corruption.

Agukwe noted that since the arrest of Allison-Madueke, "hired writers and sundry groups have been procured to demonize her even when she had not been found guilty of any crime whatsoever".

The CENPPG boss who is a former Commissioner for Information in Imo State, declared categorically that the arrest of the former Minister was politically motivated and called on the federal government to come clean on its complicity in the entire saga.

"If the government is sincere in fighting corruption, why have they continued to ignore the Halliburton fraud scandal? What they are doing with Allison-Madueke is a road show meant to entertain their whims", he argued.

Agukwe regretted that some Nigerians are "celebrating the persecution of a woman who served her country well. It was under her tenure that the oil industry was opened up to Nigerians to benefit. That accounts for why she is being hounded by the powerful who used to benefit alone".

He said he was surprised that Nigerian women were not coming out to defend one of their own even "when it is obvious that this is nothing but witch-hunt and injustice against Nigerian women".


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