Former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke was heavily slammed by Nigerians after a viral video of her making a controversial statement on Yahoo boys made its way to the internet. In the said video, Diezani, who was speaking at a virtual event organized by the Ijaw National Development Group, confidently described the increasing rate of yahoo boys in Nigeria as a travesty. She went further to state that Yahoo boys who have become role models have continued to reinforce negative societal norms and values. The former minister who has been in hiding for years, however, concluded by highlighting the importance of mentorship and how hard work only guarantees success.
On listening to the over 5 minutes clip, enraged Nigerians and keyboard warriors alike immediately took to hurling profanities at the former ministers with many calling her derogatory names such as Hushmummy, King of Boys, and even the greatest fraudster of all time.
Diezani was born in Port Harcourt on the 6th of December 1960. Following the completion of her primary education in Port Harcourt, she proceeded to Howard University in the US, where she obtained her first degree. Following the end of her studies, she returned to Nigeria and immediately joined the Shell Corporation Development Corporation. Again she jetted out after a short while to the UK and later obtained her MBA degree from Cambridge Business School. Fate would then see her return back to the country, and in no time in 2006, she was appointed as the executive director of Shell where she set a precedent as the first woman to hold that title.
Political Career: In 2007, Diezani Alison-Madueke was appointed as the Federal Minister of Transportation and was soon again appointed as the Federal Minister of Mines and Steel Development in December 2008. In 2009, she was indicted by the Nigerian senate and even recommended for prosecution over the transfer of 1.2 billion Naira into the private account of a toll company thereby breaching the concession agreement. But it was never followed up. If only they knew what was brewing in the dark.
In 2010, the former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan appointed Diezani Alison Madueke as the Federal Minister of Petroleum Minister. Although she had pledged to transform Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, she did the opposite instead by trying to run it to the ground save for a change in administration.
Following her appointment in October 2010, she became the first female to lead a country delegation at the semi-annual conference coordinated by the Organization of the Petrol Exporting Countries (OPEC). By 2014, she got elected as the first female President of OPEC.
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