Nigerian media was awash with reports yesterday that former Petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke returned a $90 billion loot to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

To put the figure into perspective, Bill Gates, the richest man in all of the 7 kingdoms, is worth just $89.7 billion.

The initial reaction to the news was outrage, of course. Nollywood actor Aremu Afolayan rained curses on Diezani, her mother, and her children.

Mavin Records CEO Don Jazzy was calmer about it.

But could one woman have actually stolen $90 billion? It seems highly improbable. As Cool FM OAP Freeze points out, Nigerian’s yearly budget is just about $27 billion.

Guys, lets not jump at sensationalized news captions aimed at drawing traffic to websites. – How much money does Nigeria have as a nation that someone will steal $90 billion? – I’m my opinion, it is simply impossible for Dieziani to have stolen $90 Billion from a country whose annual budget is $23billion. Do you know how much $90billion is? – Guys calm down, many of you have selected lynch mob mode in the subconscious part of your brains, please reset your brain back to normal. – I am in no way supporting corruption and if Dieziani is found wanting by a competent court, let her be persecuted accordingly, but until that is done, please I implore all well meaning Nigerians to stop cursing her and her mother, at least not for this crime, as it is humanly impossible to commit it; you can’t steal more than what is available! ~FRZ #FreeTheSheeple #Dieziani #90BillionDollars

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But then again, let us remember that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, which was under Diezani during her tenure as Petroleum minister, makes an absurd amount of money.

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So what do you think? Do you think Diezani embezzled a whole Bill Gates? Share you comments below!