Nigerians on Twitter have taken former Senator Ben Murray-Bruce to task as he celebrates the former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Taking to his verified Twitter handle @benmurraybruce, the former senator had tweeted:
“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.”
However, his Twitter followers took exception to the tweet, with responses such as these:
JagabanOlu @jagabanolu: Where is Dele Momodu? PDP awon onisonu oshi! Isn’t it a SAD day when Ben Bruce is happy celebrating with a former government official of the PDP that stole huge sums of money through corruption at NNPC… birds of the same feather flock together in Reading! THIS IS INCREDIBLE and tomorrow these same people will tell you how Tinubu that was trying to fix the country is bad!
Ikechukwu Ude @Ozo__Ude: Remove that Labour Party on your profile let me address you proper as a criminal.
She’s a saint but refused to visit Nigeria since 2015? She’s jumped bail.
AMADI NOEL C @KingnoelC: Lol the woman who brought jonathan government dowm lmaoooo thought dele momodu said she has cancer very corrupt soul ,her claw fist ọn nnpc started the hate against jonathan government
Ceejay_Sauce #IamwithPeterObi @zerubb2001: Sir, does this make common sense? The fraud, corruption and outright stealing committed by this woman against her country sits well with your conscience? Birds of the same feather, shames lot you all are Nigeria elites.
Dʀ. Nᴀᴏᴍɪ ❤️🔥 @Nigerian_djudju: In Nigeria, a thief and corrupt government official can be a good parent. Remember, NYSC officials and those guys at FIRS are people’s parents. What a joke
Others are in support:
STJ_Abam @STJ_Abam: You are lacking behind, follow up. She completed her treatment long ago and she is better. some years ago she even requested the Nigerian gov for a safe pass to return to Nigeria to defend herself but AGF Malami refused her plea. So what do you want from her?
Others accuse Murray-Bruce of insincerity:
Emmanuel.D-Umuk0r0 @DominicEmmanwel: These people are funny 🤣😂🤣😂 this man deliberately wants this woman to be dragged whalahi! Forget the sugar coating words he is using. Will he say he is not aware Nigeria’s last encounter with this woman was the plea she was going through cancer treatment?? 😂🤣
Recall that in March, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the final resolution of two civil cases seeking the forfeiture of various luxury assets that were “the proceeds of foreign corruption offences” and were laundered in and through the United States.
Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke and businessmen Olajide Omokore and Kolawole Akanni were named in the cases.
“With the conclusion of the cases, the department has recovered roughly $53.1 million in cash – constituting the net liquidated value of the defendant’s assets – plus a promissory note with a principal value of $16 million,” the U.S. Justice department said in a statement.
Meanwhile, in May, Diezani filed a suit against the EFCC and the Attorney-General of the Federation in which she asked for N100 billion compensation for publications by EFCC and the AGF which she claimed falsely portrayed her “as a common looter of the national wealth and a debased and corrupt public officer.”