Mrs. Chioma Madubuko, wife of the missing ex-commissioner for Trade and Commerce in Anambra State, Dr. Christian Madubuko, has cried out from her base in Australia over the condition of her husband.
She spoke with The Nation on Wednesday on the phone, lamenting that her children were in pains over their missing father.
Mrs. Madubuko begged President Muhammadu Buhari, Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano to rescue her husband.
Dr. Madubuko was kidnapped on January 13, two weeks after he resigned from Obiano’s government. He had urged the governor to be in control of his administration.
On Tuesday, his kinsmen at Anaku in Ayamelum Local Government protested, pleading with the government to help in securing the release of their son.
Narrating her ordeal, Mrs. Madubuko said she had been going through trauma with her three children over the incident.
She said: “It started on January 13 when my husband called me and we spoke at length as usual. He told me he was going to meet some government officials that he would call me later.
“When he didn’t call, I called him and he didn’t pick. My thinking was that he would call later. When I waited for long, I decided to call again, but his two lines were switched off. I waited for him to call, to no avail.
“I became worried and I had to call his people at home, who told me he travelled to Awka. On the night of January 15, I opened the social media and saw the news that Dr. Madubuko had been kidnapped.
“I was shocked. I started calling people in government, but they told me there was no cause for alarm and I relaxed.
“Since then, the situation has not been the same. Things are not working well. My children have been calling their father’s lines and I don’t know what to tell them again.
“The worst part of it is that their dad was planning the party day of our daughter. I’ve lied to them about their father’s whereabouts.
“I’m pleading with our President, the Inspector-General of Police, our Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to help us locate and release my husband. The pains are becoming too much for me and the children.”
The President of Nigeria Association in Australia, Uche Okorie, a lawyer, described the situation as a national embarrassment.
He said everybody should be involved in securing Madubuko’s freedom.
Okorie described the former commissioner as the pride of Nigerians and Igbo in particular living in Australia, noting that security agencies and the government should make sure they returned Madubuko hale and hearty.
He said their worry was not only that Madubuko was kidnapped, but that the person who served his people meritoriously was going “through this form of torture.”
The leader of Ndigbo in Australia, Dr. Uche Menakaya, said it was the first time those living in the country got government appointment, which they celebrated and asked why?
“We appeal to them to return him to us, his family in Anambra State, his wife and three children aged 13, 9 and 7,” he added.