Throwback Video: How Subsidy Cabal Kidnapped My Mother In 2012 – Okonjo-Iweala


How Subsidy Cabal Kidnapped My Mother In 2012 - Okonjo-Iweala

Okonjo-Iweala in a throwback video has revealed how subsidy cabal kidnapped her mother in 2012, Vanguardngr can confirm.

“They told (my mother) that I must get on the radio and television and announce my resignation,” the minister said. “When she asked why, they told her it was because I did not pay oil subsidy money.”

With subsidy talk returning as front burner since the declaration of President Tinubu that “subsidy is gone,” an old video of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has emerged where she revealed that going against the subsidy cabals in 2012 led to the cabals sending men to kidnap her mother and demanding her resignation as minister on national television.

Okonjo-Iweala who was speaking at an event that seemed like a graduation ceremony of a foreign university stated that she almost gave in to the demand until the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, encouraged her not to give in to such blackmail.

It’s refreshing to recall that the woman was later rescued from her kidnappers through the combined effort of the security agencies. But this story lays credence to the statement credited to the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, that they were expecting those benefiting from the entire subsidy scam to fight back; as they have always done.

The Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala revealed Monday that her mother, Prof Kamene Okonjo was kidnapped by those who claimed their fuel subsidy payments were blocked and the non-release of SURE-P funds.

She said her mother was neither given food nor water during her kidnap.

Professor Kamene Titi Okonjo, the 82-year-old retired professor of Sociology at the University of Nigeria, UNN, Nsukka, was released six days after a 10-man gang seized her from her home at Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State.