A former United States of America ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell has described Nigeria’s former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke as arrogant, greedy, and vain.
Campbell noted this in a piece published on foreignpolicy.com. He however used the term‘seemingly,’ which means his conclusion was most likely made on assumption.
Campbell, 74, says Diezani’s extravagant lifestyle – ranging from multiple hotel suites in the same city on the same trip to private planes to private palaces costing millions (if not billions) of naira was notorious.
“The rumor mill had her close to then-President Goodluck Jonathan, rivaling his wife, Patience (also popularly excoriated for her conspicuous consumption), ” he added.
He went further to write that Diezani’s public persona in Nigeria evokes disdain, but quickly added that her culpability in stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from government coffers remains to be proven.
Known for hobnobbing with the Nigerian elite, Campbell sits on the board of American University of Nigeria (AUN).
AUN is a private university in Adamawa state that offers American style higher education programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. It was founded in 2004 by Nigeria’s former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Interestingly, Atiku has also been accused of corruption by several individuals and groups, but Campbell has refrained from the writing on the topic.