Nigeria’s first petroleum minister Shettima Ali Monguno is currently nowhere to be found as the news fly around that a gang of gunmen suspected to be groups of Boko Harram kidnapped the 92 years old man immediately he finished the jumat prayers in Maiduguri of Nigeria.
The kidnappers who had secretly contacted the family of the 92 years old man, are demanding the release of some terrors who had being detained as suspects by the security agents. It is recorded and witnessed that the kidnappers hijacked the old man on Friday as he emerged the Mosque where the jumat prayers was done and forced the old man into their car and drove away, with bullets spraying in the air to scare and dispersed the worshipers.
The old man’ son, Rahma, told Saharareporters on the telephone that the kidnappers had made a contact with the family, requesting not money or merchandise, but freedom for some of their members being detained by the government. The former minister, also the Chairman, Borno Council of Elders, had summoned amnesty for Boko Haram and beseeched the Federal Government to have a dialogue with the group.
During a stakeholders’ meeting convened by President Goodluck Jonathan in Maiduguri in March 2013, the nonagenarian had challenged the government to identify members of the sect and hold a dialogue with them.
According to him, “To be frank, Mr. President, but for dialogue, you wouldn’t have become the President of this country today. Our founding fathers, who got together and begged the British government to hand over the reins of government, had to sit together and forget their differences and agreed that we would live together in harmony’’.
In April 2012, the 92 years missing old man declared in an interview that the crave of the Boko Haram to impose Shar’iah on many states should not frustrate the government from cajoling the group to come to a roundtable.
In previous week, the Joint Task Force in Maiduguri pronounced that the dreaded sect had set up a new squad which would engage in kidnapping.
Two weeks ago, the sect also reportedly made $3.5m from kidnapping a French family in Cameroun.
Force spokesman, Frank Mba, confirmed the incident, saying the police were searching for the elder statesman.
Meanwhile, the Borno State Executive Council convened an emergency security meeting after the abduction of Monguno on Friday.
Alhaji Munguno served as Minister of Petroleum in the administration of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the only Prime Minister of independent Nigeria in the early 1960s.
Written By: David Isoje
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