My Mother’s Experience at Kidnappers Den – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria’s finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has on Monday shared the unforgettable experience her mother had in the den of the kidnappers, saying they (kidnappers) spent much of the time harassing her.

She also said that the kidnappers, who held her mother hostage for five days had demanded her resignation, suggesting the abduction had a political motive.

It would be recalled that her mother’s release was announced on Friday.

However, in her first public comments on the kidnapping ordeal, Okonjo-Iweala said her 83-year-old mother, Kamene Okonjo, was held “for five days without food or water.”

“While she was in their custody, the kidnappers spent much of the time harassing her. They told her that I must get on the radio and television and announce my resignation,” Okonjo-Iweala said in a statement.

“When she asked why, they told her it was because I did not pay ‘Oil subsidy money,'” the statement added.

The finance minister did not take questions and made no comment as to whether a ransom was paid. The circumstances surrounding her mother’s release remain unclear.

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