Younger sister of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Njide, her friends and other family members have resorted to spiritual help, in the ongoing search for the kidnapped Professor Kanene Okonjo.
Njide, who posted her resolve on the popular social networking site, Facebook, said she was trusting in God for her mum’s safe return from her captives.
In the post accessed on Tuesday, Njide said she had been unable to sleep after hearing the news of her mother’s kidnap.
“Unable to sleep. God, please protect my mom. A wonderful, selfless mom. She sacrificed so much for us. Thanks to all my friends and family for your prayers and well-wishers, let us keep the prayers for her safe return,” she posted.
Njide, said to be the only sister of Ngozi, is said to be a medical practitioner in Maryland, United States of America.
Her friend, who also claimed to have been in contact with Njide, Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, also posted: “We are deep in prayers. Stay strong. Evil never wins. The whole country is praying.”
Another post on Njide’s Facebook account, posted by Aisha Umar, also read: “We are praying for her safe return. Almighty God will protect you.”
Some sources close to the Ministry of Finance, also on Tuesday, confirmed that the Okonjo family had resorted to spiritual help, to get their matriarch freed from her abductors.
It was also gathered in Abuja that staffers of the ministry were also engaging in fasting and prayers to get Professor (Mrs) Okonjo freed from the kidnappers.
A source, on Tuesday, said concerned members of staff of the ministry had, on Monday, begun a three -day fasting and prayer session for the safety of the minister’s mother.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said staff of the ministry had centered their prayers on the safety of Professor (Mrs) Okonjo since Monday morning.