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Ngozi Okonjo Iweala: The kidnappers left my mother without food for 5 days

iweala-parentRecently united with her mother, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has finally spoken out on her mothers ordeal in the kidnappers den.  Here’s what she had to say at a Media briefing in Abuja today:
“I can’t give all the details because we don’t want to compromise on-going investigations.
But I can tell you one thing: My mother suffered a great deal during this ordeal. It was only the Almighty God that rescued her from a situation that could very easily have ended tragically.
Apart from the emotional trauma of being violently taken away from her family and kept incommunicado for five days in a strange environment, a woman of 83 years was left without food for five days.
We give glory to God that she is alive today to tell the tale.
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.
When she asked why, they told her it was because I did not pay “Oil subsidy money”.
They also said I had blocked payment of money to certain components of the SURE-P programme.
These statements are, of course, not true. In the case of subsidy payments, we have been paying all marketers whose claims have been verified by the Aig-Imoukhuede Committee after going through the necessary processes.
For marketers whose transactions are proven to be fraudulent, the position of the Jonathan government is also clear: we cannot and we will not pay. We will not back down on this. We will continue to stand firm.
In the case of SURE-P, there is a totally different process that I have no control over.
This is the right thing to do. And this, I believe is what the Nigerian people want.”

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC and CEO of Portia Web Solutions. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.

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