The Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, has not returned to Abuja after Sahara Reporters broke the news of her certificate scandal.
It was disclosed that the minister informed President Goodluck Jonathan that she was attending to her “medical needs” in Brazil, following which she apparently left for an undisclosed country.
Oduah, who was also embroiled in a BMW purchase scandal prior to the certificate mess, reportedly took off from Nigeria after the report of a presidential panel indicting her for a string of corrupt practices was leaked to her. The panel reportedly went beyond its initial brief to unravel a string of corrupt acts of the minister including how she connived with commercial banks to receive kickbacks for renovation projects initiated at airports across the country.
The panel, set up by President Jonathan in October to look into how she squeezed the cash-strapped Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to purchase two armored BMW cars for $1.6million. The story was also broken by Sahara Reporters.
Rather than face the consequences of her own actions, Mrs. Oduah has been telling anyone willing to listen that she merely “stepped on powerful toes” in the country.
Get well soon Aunty Stella, I hope the Doctors help take away your “Nigerian Wahala”