A crisp photo of Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former minister of petroleum resources at an event surfaced online on Thursday, in a rare public show since she became the centre of billions of dollar corruption scandal, and declared her struggle with cancer.
The picture featuring Senator Ben Bruce suggests she has recovered well but has raised fresh curiosity and doubts as to whether she was indeed sick or it was a plot to evade the allegations in which she’s enmeshed.
The former minister in May revealed that she had been treating cancer in the United Kingdom since she left the country in 2015.
She said she was diagnosed with ‘Triple Negative Cancer’, an aggressive form of cancer towards the end of the tenure of former president Goodluck Jonathan tenure in a suit filed against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the attorney-general of the federation (AGF).
She said she flew to England on May 22, 2015 “in order to undertake a critical course of treatment, which consisted of two operations, eight months of intensive chemotherapy, and five weeks of radiotherapy, according to a report by The Cable.
Since then, she has remained in England undergoing medical care and treatment.
About N47.2 billion and $487.5 million in cash and properties were traced to Alison-Madueke after investigations, according to an official statement available.
Ben Bruce shared photo with the caption;
“Sassy, smart, and always sophisticated. Celebrating with the amazing Diezani Alison-Madueke at her son’s graduation at @UniofReading. Her son’s achievement is a testament to the power of good parenting. Excellence indeed runs in the family.”
Sassy, smart, and always sophisticated. Celebrating with the amazing Diezani Alison-Madueke at her son’s graduation at @UniofReading. Her son’s achievement is a testament to the power of good parenting. Excellence indeed runs in the family. pic.twitter.com/D5QnfCVvON
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) July 20, 2023