By John Onaji


Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison Madueke

The immediate past minister of petroleum resources in the Jonathan administration, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke is said to be in critical condition from an undisclosed ailment in a London hospital.


‎Reliable sources close to the family confirmed that close family members have been travelling to London to see her as she  remains under close observation in an unnamed London hospital.


The source disclosed that “We have learnt that the observation means that she has been unable to see anyone outside close family members over the last few weeks. 


“They have also discouraged her use of phones to avoid any risk of infection which would be extremely harmful for her.”


According to the source who pleaded anonimity, “Diezani is responding well but doctors are concerned about her movements and interactions given the intense treatments being administered.”

The source further added that, “It is such an emotional time for us all as she is quite fragile and we are careful to keep her away from all the gossip and falsehoods being attributed to her in the media. We pray the media respects the family’s feelings at this time as a lot of these so called breaking news are just made up conjecture.”


We gather that due to this observation she has had zero interface with anyone outside her close family. The source added “if she has not been allowed to receive visitors, take phone calls let alone make calls, I wonder how any media can claim that she has been singing like a canary”. We really feel that our journalists should report facts and not go out of their way to produce sensational headlines in bad taste. This is not professional”.


On those calling for the probe of the former minister, the source appealed for balanced coverage of some of the opinions being bandied around by different interest groups.


The source noted that ” the news stated that Mr President has said that he would probe and prosecute wrong doers and so no one has the right to brand anyone as guilty before it’s proven that they are. 


“Please let justice takes its course. Mr President says he will carry out wide investigations across the country and across sectors regardless of party affiliations so why are meddlesome people paying the press to single her out?


” The press, especially online media, should be careful to be professional and balanced in their reporting.”