Boko Haram gives FG a week deadline to secure release of pastor in its captivity

The Abubakar Shekau-led faction of the Boko Haram sect has given a one-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to secure the release of Pastor Bulus Yakuru, who was abducted on Christmas Eve in Borno State.

According to reports, the Pastor was abducted in an attack in which about seven people were killed at Pemi village in the State on December 24. Pemi is located approximately 20 kilometres from Chibok, where Boko Haram insurgents had abducted hundreds of schoolgirls.

The pastor had previously appeared in two Boko Haram videos days after the abduction in December and early January 2021, where he also pleaded for President Muhammadu Buhari, Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum and church leaders’ intervention to rescue him.

In a new video, Pastor Yakuru identified himself and pleaded with Nigeria’s President, Borno State Governor and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the umbrella body of Christians in the country, to intervene and secure his release.

While one of the terrorists stood behind him with a knife, the Pastor revealed that he was given a one-week ultimatum by his abductors, which will end on Wednesday March 3.

Recall that in Jan. 2020, Boko Haram killed the district chairman of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), Reverend Lawan Andimi, in Michika, Adamawa State.

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