Rear Admiral Alison Madueke (rtd), the husband of Ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has revealed that his wife (Diezani) had lost her ability to speak and subsequently fell into coma due to the complications of the cancer she suffered.
According to Mr. Madueke who served as a former military governor and Chief of Naval Staff, his wife was diagnosed with cancer towards the end of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in 2015.
In his new book, ‘Riding the Storms with God on My Side’, he revealed that Mrs. Diezani was flown to London for treatment.
“On Sunday, July 26, 2015, I stepped into my bedroom soon after our brunch to find that my phone was ringing. It was my mother-in-law, Mrs. Beatrice Agama, who was staying with Diezani while she was undertaking treatment. She was sobbing and only managed to inform me that my wife was no longer talking.
“I was in London by 5.30am the following day, Monday, and went straight to see her. Diezani was in a coma. I called an ambulance that arrived 20 minutes later, the attendants bearing a stretcher. They had to get a wheelchair since the lift could not take the stretcher.
“In less than 10 minutes, we were at the emergency intensive care unit of the Harley Street Clinic. Her doctor, Prof. Paul Ellis, a top oncologist, was out of town and had to be recalled.
“Three days later, when Diezani finally came out of the coma, she saw me by her bedside and asked what I was doing in London. She had reacted badly to her Friday chemotherapy treatment. Thank God she pulled through that nightmarish incident and is now fully recovered.”
He further wrote that when his wife was still severely ill, her sickness became a subject of politics.
Madueke revealed that he initially never wanted his wife to accept the ministerial appointment into public office having risen to become the first female director of Shell Petroleum Development Company in Nigeria.
The former naval general said that before the inauguration of President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2007, former Vice President-elect Goodluck Jonathan approached him and begged him to allow his wife (Diezani) take the ministerial job as there were very few persons with her impressive resume from Bayelsa.
He noted that when she finally became a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he took time to advise her on self protection and self preservation.
“When finally she was appointed Minister of Transportation, I took further time to advise her on the topic of self protection and self preservation in the bureaucracy.
“I finally recited the advice my father had given me upon my appointment as military governor. “Go do your best, don’t bring back money, but bring back my name”
“Later in that administration, she was appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources, a position she held until the Peoples Democratic Party lost the 2015 Presidential election.”
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.