Ailing-Son Madueke: Where’s the place for compassion?

by Alexander O. Onukwue

Amidst the corruption and money laundering scandals, it is common knowledge that Diezani Alison-Madueke, for over two years now, has been battling breast cancer.

A poignant interview with the publisher of Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu revealed the former Minister in a state quite faded from her usual appearance. Photos of Alison-Madueke from the interview went viral at the time, though not without some conspiracy theories which insinuated the use of top notch cosmetology to make her over to appear like a cancer patient.

Back in 2014, SaharaReporters had led the news that the former Minster had been shuttling to and from the UK for treatments while still serving on the cabinet of President Jonathan’s administration. The photographs from Momodu’s interview with Alison-Madueke were never released, as he said it would have been against some of the legal agreements he had signed as the conditions for being granted the interview.

Since her health problems became public, there has been ambivalence in discussing Alison-Madueke’s money laundering issues. Some persons may feel she is already having the “punishment” for her untoward activities during her time in Government. Many others, whom are likely in the majority, want her to go through the cause of the law and face its full wrath if found guilty.

At the moment, there are no current updates on her health status. She is supposedly continuing her treatments of the ailment. She may have been captured walking on the streets of London but it is not clear when the photograph was taken.

In a sentimental society like Nigerian, it cannot be discounted how much of a factor her health condition will be when the court of public opinion has to make a sentence on her. Perhaps it is a good thing then that the current issue at hand is being led by the United States Department of Justice.

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