Sunday, 22 November 2015

Embattled Diezani Alison-Madueke Canonizes Self - The Nation

Dele Momodu’s online publication, The BOSS Newspaper, offered Nigerians two scoops in one fell swoop when it published two Saturdays ago an interview with former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. 

First was a recent and shocking photograph of her as a once- beautiful woman dealt a cruel hand of fate by breast cancer. And second were her incredibly predictable, if obfuscating, responses to some of Mr Momodu’s unsparing questions about her work and lifestyle. 

The interviewer did well to ask probing questions; the interviewee, sadly, and on all scores, was less than convincing, refusing to even convict herself for one distressing or self-deprecating moment. 

Given the extraordinary length she went to paint a patronising picture of herself and her time in office, it would not be far-fetched — though it would be uncharitable — to suggest she meant her unflattering photograph to project or embellish a contrived saintly image.

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