The Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram has given the Federal Government one week to secure the release of Bulus Yakuru, a pastor, who was abducted on the Eve of last Christmas in Borno.
The pastor was said to have been abducted in an attack in which about seven people were killed at Pemi village area of the state on December 24, 2020.
Pemi is located almost 20 kilometres from Chibok, where the insurgents had abducted hundreds of schoolgirls.
The pastor was said to have appeared previously in two Boko Haram videos days after the abduction in December and early January 2021, where he pleaded for the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Babagana Zulum, Borno governor, and church leaders in the country.
According to reports, the pastor, in a new video, pleaded with Buhari and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), to secure his release.
While one of the terrorists stood behind him with a knife, the pastor revealed that he had been given a one-week ultimatum by his abductors, which he said will end on March 3, 2021.
“I’m calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Borno to help me because I have been given a one-week ultimatum today, Feb. 24.
“If you want me alive, I beg you in your capacity as President, the governor and our local government chairman to save me from this suffering.
“I’m calling on the EYN Church of the Brethren President to intervene and secure my release. Please pray for me.
“Today is the last day I will have the opportunity to call on you in your capacity as my parents and relatives in the country. Anyone who has the intention should help and save me. Please release me from this pain,” Yakuru was quoted to have said.
In January last year, the terrorist group killed Reverend Lawan Andimi, the district chairman of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) in Michika, Adamawa State, after abducting him.