The embattled former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has appealed to Nigerians to pray for her to survive the surgical operation that she is due to have next week.
Alison-Madueke, who has been reportedly diagnosed with cancer and has been scheduled to undergo a surgical operation next week, says she needs to come out strong to face the allegations against her.
This comes after a series of jaw-dropping revelations about her alleged shady deals. She was first arrested by the UK National Crime Agency over corruption allegations, and she was also allegedly caught with about £13 billion, before reports emerged that she cannot leave London until she answers to all the allegations levelled against her.
From her sick bed she asked Nigerians to pray for her as she undergoes cancer surgery next week as she hopes to come out strong to face the allegations against her.
Vanguard reports that the family lawyer, Oscar Onwudiwe, denied reports of her arrest, insisting that she was undergoing cancer treatment in the UK and “hopes to come out strong to face all the allegations.”
According to The Cable, Onwudike said: “The Madueke family, like most other families, has its own challenges. For instance, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has been receiving treatment for cancer in the UK which started while she was in office.
“She completed months of chemotherapy just last week and she is scheduled to undergo surgery next week in London.
“The family has been bearing this challenge with prayers and as much grace and fortitude as possible; and would plead with all reasonable Nigerians to pray for her recovery so that she can face these allegations and give account of her stewardship.”
Nigerians have since expressed sarcasm over the plight of the former minister, saying that she has to survive her present ailment and return to face the charges brought against her with a view to proving her innocence or serve the punishment which her sins deserve.