By Emma Chinenye
Following a petition against the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema by a one time Ambassador to Namibia, Lilian Onoh in which she accused the Foreign Affairs helmsman of a number of misdeeds as foreign minister, sources within the ministry and diplomatic circles have described the petition as a tissue of lies by a woman they described as suffering from mental illness.
The sources who craved anonymity noted that the petition was indeed baseless and that there was no iota of truth in it.
One of the respondents, a top career ambassador wondered what Ambassador Lillian Onoh wanted to benefit from harrassing the minister. He stated that Onoh who was his former colleague had approached him citing a number of grievances she had with the minister, including a number of personal issues, he would not want to disclose. He said that he however advised her to try and resolve such issues amicably but was surprised at the path she took.
The source noted that on a number of occasions, foreign nations in which Ambassador Onoh had been sent to had requested her removal as she was deemed to be confrontational and unnecessarily combative as well as disrespectful to the authorities there.
The source even alleged that Ambassador Onoh had been fired at one point in time but such a dismissal had been reversed owing to her influence as the daughter of a former Governor of Old Anambra State, C.C. Onoh.
This behavior the source also hinted was the sole reason why Ambassador Onoh had not been offered another appointment as a diplomat despite her over 40 years of active service in the ministry.
On the petition, the source at the ministry described such allegations as baseless and wondered how a minister would descend so low to encourage such as alleged, describing the petition as bizzare and noted that the ambassador was obviously up to some mischief or was been sponsored to undertake such.