Monday, December 17, 2012
My Mother's Experience at Kidnappers Den- Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
· 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.