by Kolapo Olapoju
Maybe not as fast as Blessing Okagbare, but Diezani Alison-Madueke, ran the race of her life on Friday morning, to meet up with a life-saving flight to London, which had Muhammadu Buhari, on board.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources apparently smuggled herself into a British Airways flight to London, so as to have a much needed private audience with the President-elect.
It all happened at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, and those who witnessed the frantic race by Diezani, say it was beyond dramatic.
Diezani was so determined to meet up with Buhari’s flight, that she ditched her aides behind and fled down the tarmac to catch the British Airways flight that left the airport at about 4.30am on its way to Heathrow Airport, London.
According to Punch newspapers’ sources, the President-elect, who arrived the airport before the minister, was cleared first and he went straight into the aircraft.
Subsequently Diezani arrived the airport and was told that Buhari had already boarded the flight, and without a moment’s hesitation, she hurriedly ran to ensure that she entered the plane.
A source on the ground, who witnessed the drama, said, “The man (Buhari) was at the front and had already passed the screening team. And immediately the woman (Diezani) came down, it was as if they told her that the President-elect was already inside the aircraft, so she started running. She even left her people behind so that she could board the flight along with the President-elect.”
“This happened between 4am and 5am this (Friday) morning and the airline involved was British Airways. The flight was on its way from Abuja international airport to Heathrow Airport, London.”