VIDEO: We knew Diezani was stealing, but Jonathan made her untouchable - Jonathan's campaign director

Dalhatu Tafida, a former campaign coordinator for ex-president Jonathan, has revealed that many people knew about the “naked, blatant stealing” of public funds by former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke but the president made her “untouchable”.

Mr. Tafida told Galaxy TV during an interview.

He said: “The naked, blatant stealing of public property that was there. It was there and we knew it was going on, but you dare not go and tell the president. The untouchable lady in the petroleum industry, you dare not. Nobody, even the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Okonjo-Iweala, did not have the guts to go and tell the president certain things she knew about the minister, her colleague.

"She was powerful. Even in council during their meeting, she would just pick her bag and just walk out as if she had an assignment. Even if she had taken excuse from the president, she should let her other colleagues know. She would just pack her thins and go. That is not a government that Nigerians want to see. That’s why the government failed,” Mr. Tafida said.

A Federal high court seized N7.6 billion (about $21 million) on Monday from bank accounts linked to the former oil minister accused of corruption as investigators continue to claw back her fortune.

Diezani Alison-Madueke
Judge Abdulazeez Anka ordered the immediate forfeiture of the money allegedly held in local bank accounts by Mrs Alison-Madueke, who was once one of Africa's most prominent female politicians.

Since leaving office in 2015, Alison-Madueke has been implicated in bribery, fraud, misuse of public funds and money laundering cases in Nigeria, Britain, Italy and the United States.

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