For more than 24 hours, Nigerian news outlets have been discussing Diezani Alison-Madueke after the chairman of the EFCC disclosed that the commission has so far recovered a total $153 million and 80 houses valued at $80 million linked to her. For a change, I'd like to break the trend and speak a little more about her husband.
Diezani Alison-Madueke is a well-known but controversial political figure in Nigeria. She was born on December 6, 1960, and will be 61-years-old this year. She has a long list of accomplishments in Nigeria's politics and has demonstrated to many women that they, too, could try their hand at joining male-dominated fields.
But here's the catch:
Madueke's good example was tainted by allegations that she stole and laundered huge amounts of money while holding one of her various important positions. She was also investigated for her crimes against the country, so she fled to the United Kingdom at one stage. Now she is a citizen and Commissioner For Trade & Investment In Dominican Republic. It seems like she will stay there till thy kingdom comes as she runs away from justice and continue her fight cancer.
That being said, I am not here to add to the news of Diezani's wrongdoings. Instead, let's talk about her husband.
Allison Amaechina Madueke is a former Nigerian naval officer. From 1993 to 1994, he served as Chief of Naval Staff, military governor of Anambra State from January 1984 to August 1985, and military governor of Imo State from 1985 to 1986.
Amaechina, Alison Madueke precise birth date is unknown. All I know is that it took place in 1944. Madueke is Igbo, and he was born in Agbariji-Inyi, Enugu state.
He spent his childhood in England and holds a number of honorary degrees, including science degrees from Enugu State University of Technology and the University of Nigeria, as well as a law degree from Abia State University.
Sometime in the 90s, he married his first wife, Uche who gave birth to five children before she died from cancer in 1996. With the death of his first wife, Alison Madueke was lonely and faced the daunting task of raising his five children alone. He had no intention of getting married again until he set his eyes on Diezani.
Alison and Diezani met in 1998 on a Sunday after Church Service. Alison's church, Victoria Fellowship Church wanted to create a permanent site and Diezani was appointed into the committee for the project since she was an architect. They exchanged numbers after their meeting and in June 30, 1999, Alison and Diezani got married. Their marriage was blessed with a boy (Chimezie) on February 23, 2001.
In 2019, Alison opened up that he advised his his wife to maintain the family’s good name and not to focus on money. Unfortunately his advise fell on deaf ears.
With the weight of allegations on Diezani, it will be hard to believe that such a woman met her husband after church service and even gifted hjm an audio Bible in cassettes as a birthday gift in the 90's.
That is all I can tell you about Allison Amaechina Madueke. Diezani has gotten herself into a ugly situation, however, I hope that her husband supports her no matter what.
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