Former Nigerian Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Opens Up About Why Corrupt Officials Kidnapped Her Mother

”Fighting Corruption is Dangerous,” is the title of the new book by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The former Nigerian finance minister was recently interviewed by BBC Africa where she spoke candidly about the harsh ordeals she had endure during her tenure in office.

It is no secret that one of the biggest set backs in many African government/political offices is corruption. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who decided to fight corruption head on not only put herself at risk but that of her family. According to the former finance minister, a group of oil marketers swore that she will leave the office in a wheel chair. They even went as far as kidnapping her then 82-year-old mother.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala disclosed:

”She was held for five days. I got a call. They didn’t ask for money, contrary to what people thought. They told me to go to the Television and radio and publicly resign and go back to the US where I was working before. This was shocking. When my mother asked the four young men why they abducted her, the kidnappers said because your daughter did not pay oil marketers their money and that is how we found out it had to do with oil marketers”

 

Watch the full interview below:

 

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