Okonjo-Iweala’s mum regains freedom

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From: PAUL OSUYI, Asaba

Prof. Kamene Okonjo, the mother of Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been freed by kidnappers.
Okonjo, 82, was abducted five days ago.
Special Adviser (Media) to Okonjo-Iweala, Paul Nwabuikwu, confirmed this development in a statement.
The statement by Nwabuikwu reads in full: “I can confirm that Professor Mrs Kamene Okonjo, wife of the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Professor Chukuka Okonjo, and mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was released this morning, five days after her abduction.
“The Okonjo Family is full of thanks to the Almighty for this happy development.
“The family is also highly appreciative of the support and encouragement of President Goodluck Jonathan; the country’s security services for their excellent operations; Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, Peter Obi of Anambra, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and other Governors as well other friends and well-wishers within and outside government for their prayers and encouragement during a very difficult period. “
Okonjo was kidnapped on Sunday night by eight gunmen at the palace of Prof. Chukuka Okonjo.

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  1. I pity nigeria journalists, instead of them to conduct investigative work and tell us how she was release rather they will be waiting for the authorities to inform them what they want us to know.

  2. Thank God for her freedom,but was she miraculsely released? Or how come,let the Government enlight us and tell Nigerians the truth.

  3. There is no responsible government that would have paid one cent to secure her release. The fact remains that she would be released unhurt and those who played that game has made their last kidnapping.

    Nigeria as a country are worthless in the eyes of the world for such a disgraceful act on the family of Okonjis.

    Apart from this urgly incident, many people may not have known that the father is the traditional ruler of her village and her mother a professor. This is a family that has been living well, without looting. They are not noise makers and all those dubious nigerians who have made their money illegally.

    They are learned, worked and retired to their village. Why must people harrass them because her daughter is a minister who have come to correct the ills infected into nigerian economy.

    Those who kidnapped her in the first palce will not go unpunished.

  4. To God Be the Glory for ever and ever, I must thank God for her freedom,this also is our victry and please the law inforsement should gate hold of all of them.

  5. We thank fuel importers, subsidy earners, and all opposition elements who are averse to Dr. mrs. N-O Wahala’s prudence. We thank u for freeing mama. Security agencies may have arrested 63 wrong guys, as usual.

  6. THANK GOD FOR HER RELEASE, BUT,
    WHY IS IT THAT IS ONLY WHEN A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IS INVOLVE THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL SEND LL THE SECURITIES AGENCY IN NIGERIA TO LOOK FOR THE PERSON BUT WHEN THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ORDINARY MAN GOV. WILL ONT DO ANYTHING?

  7. Good news to Okonjo,s family, Delta state and Nigeria govt in general. Pls let it be that all those behind the adopting should be arrested and consequently taken to court without delay. We will be happy to hear about their summary execution , useless people.

  8. Jonathan is not a serious human being. This govt is not serious. Our Journalists are not serious. That is my submission.

  9. Does it mean that the abductors warned them not to reveal how much ransom that was paid? Does it mean our Journalists were bribed not to tell the story? How could we trace the activities of the perpetrators and seek to stop them subsequently? Why is that that a minister’s mother was invloved and the govt decided to know its function,as if kidnapping is just a novelty thing? There are so many questions on this issue that Jonathan and this PDP govt must answer.

  10. i want the kidnappers to kidnap one of the political chiefs parent and kill him or her then they will learn how to take issues concerning kidnapping seriously in Nigeria. take for instance, if an ordinary person is kidnapped, the govt will not care about it. they only care about themselves because they are like cartel.

  11. I thank God Almighty for granting my NG BABY the grace for her sweet morther to be freed from the cage of those enemies of her family/progress. Professor Mrs Kamene Okonjo,mama, God will grant you more years to live on earth, do not mind them.

  12. Mama! Thank GOD for U,I’ve always believed that nothing will happen to you,that u will be released unscathed by these dare devil men, Praise GOD!, I also believe that GOD purposely allowed this to happen to you so that U,Ur daughter Ngozi & entire family will feel just a little of what so many families have passed through as a result of their beloved one(s) been abducted of which many did not come back alive or released in good health condition,many have to cough out virtually all they have to get their beloved released off course their daughter is not a minister nor any of their relations close to the corridors of power. Mama I believe GOD want to use you and ur daughter Ngozi to really Champion the course of the issue of improved,efficient and reliable security as regards the ordinary or average Nigerian. May HIS Name forever be Exalted

  13. Mama! Thank GOD for U,I’ve always believed that nothing will happen to you,that u will be released unscathed by these dare devil men, Praise GOD!, I also believe that GOD purposely allowed this to happen to you so that U,Ur daughter Ngozi & entire family will feel just a little of what so many families have passed through as a result of their beloved one(s) been abducted of which many did not come back alive or released in good health condition,many have to cough out virtually all they have to get their beloved released off course their daughter is not a minister nor any of their relations close to the corridors of power. Mama I believe GOD want to use you and ur daughter Ngozi to really Champion the course of the issue of improved,efficient and reliable security as regards the ordinary or average Nigerian. May HIS Name forever be Exalted Forever! Enjoy your freedom Mama

  14. To God be the glory that our innocent mama have regained her freedom. I also urge all the people still involving themselves in such man inhumanity to another to henceforth desist from such wicked attrocities of kidnapping, etc.
    We are in a democracy, where everyone can protest/occupy peacefully all the anormally of the govt…
    Than involving in kidnapping, criminal activities, etc.

  15. Justice for all. These men should ARE MY HERO. This demanded that NiGERIA PAYS HER US DOLLAR FOR THE SERVICE FOR HER NATION.

    OUR LEADERS ALL OF THEM ARE THIEVES INCLUDING HER

  16. What about the submission below:

    Submitted by Maxwell (not verified) on December 14, 2012 – 15:45.

    Day 1 – Ngozi’s mother kidnapped
    Day 2 – Kidnappers request for $1bn
    Day 3 – GEJ requests N161b supplemetary budget ( $1bn = N161bn
    Day 4 – Senate approves
    day 5 – Ngozi’s mother released

    Too many coincidences, just thinking!!!

  17. “The family is also highly appreciative of the support and
    encouragement of President Goodluck Jonathan; the country’s
    security services for their excellent operations; Governors
    Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, Peter Obi of Anambra, Rotimi
    Amaechi of Rivers and other Governors as well other friends and
    well-wishers within and outside government for their prayers and
    encouragement during a very difficult period. “
    WHEN DID THE ABOVE MENTIONED MEN BECAME PRAYER WARRIORS?

    • Many people are beinhg kidnapped and some killed in the process and the govt and security agencies are not worried. Let these kidnappers leave old papas and mamas alone. Let them carry govt officers who are taking our funds outaside this country.

  18. This is democracy we have d fredom of information ,may i ask please sun news how did it happn did the abductors just release her lik that? .u ppl should be open 2 use so that we will no wot is happin in our society.

  19. Godfrey Izah Ukpor on

    Governor Uduaghan abandoned d development of Delta State, provision of Security & creation of job for d youths. Instead, he took to mis-management of Deita State funds, fighting Political oppsitions/aiding Oil Bunkering.

  20. D whole prof come out royal palace 2 serve interlock labourers a drinks. Wat a humble prof£. Nevertherless, My fellow nija pple i knw we’re nt stupid enough 2 bleaf ds episode is true. 2me dis is just mere politics strategy 2 interlock our mouths. I stand 2 be corrected.

  21. ThankGod 4 her life. One more.? What about d kidnapper! Or she travel by herslf? How its happened. We don’t known. Tell us d truth and d amout u people paid to get her freedom. BCos i can just understand this set of people, is it d NPF,SSS,army,airforce or †ђξ village community well, no problem let us wait 4 2morow paper. Mama U are welcome 4 †ђξ journey.

  22. nigeria is no nation says Joel:
    When Beggars are kidnapped, there are no comets seen;
    nigerian government themselves blaze forth the death of a prince.
    Doubt if this is through prayers!
    Mama ndewo!!!

  23. I am the most happiest guy in the world for hearing about the release of Madam Okonjo Iweala. As a Nigeria guy am happy because it was a slap and embarrassing for the whole nation.

    • @Asuku:- PROVERB!!! Please don’t feel insulted with my question. How old are you? My writings can only teach Nigerian government how to live intelligently and how to be honest, just and fair to all.

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