15 April 2014, Abuja – Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, cancelled her meeting with the ministry’s heads of parastatals and journalists due to the Nyanya explosion in Abuja.
Alison-Madueke had scheduled an interactive meeting with journalists on some developments in the ministry.
The minister, who announced the cancellation to the waiting gathering, expressed sadness over what she described as “an unfortunate incident.”
According to her, there is the need to “give honour to the dead.” AIison-Madueke, who was in a low spirit while addressing the gathering, called on Nigerians to support “Mr. President at this crucial moment.”
“We feel it is inappropriate to hold this press conference at this time as we support Mr. President during this difficult issue that our country is going through at this time.
“The most appropriate thing will be to come back to this as soon as possible. I ask for your understanding that we reconvene as soon as we can,” a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report quoted her as saying.