Chibok Community Contributes Money To Free Pastor Held By Boko Haram
Residents of Chibok community in Borno State, family and church members of Pastor Bulus Yakuru who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents have contributed money to meet the ransom demand of the extremists.
Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, had given the Pastor,a one-week ultimatum to live.
Pastor Yakuru was shown in a video last week appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Borno State government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to save him from the terrorists who were planning to kill him.
Pastor Yakuru, who is married with three children, also pleaded to be reunited with his family church and relatives.
“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,” he had pleaded in the video released by Boko Haram last Wednesday.
Recall that Boko Haram insurgents struck Pemi village in Borno about twenty kilometres from Chibok on December 24, 2020 and whisked the Pastor away.
A Chibok elder confirmed that the community and kind- hearted individuals have raised some funds to secure the Pastor’s release but they were at a loss about how to get the money across to the insurgents.
“Before we saw that video, we had started to take action to contribute money together. We have raised a substantial amount of money as ransom for our beloved Pastor. When we saw that video, it only added to our depression. We want to meet Shekau or his men to give them the money. Please, let them collect the ransom and spare Pastor Bulus.”
“Anyone who can help us to reach out to Shekau and his camp should inform them that we have ransom to pay and we plead that Pastor Bulus is not killed after one week as they said. We have the ransom. We are ready to pay it. Bulus’ wife has been in crisis. I still saw her last week and she had serious depression,”he said.
Chibok was where the Boko Haram abducted hundreds of schoolgirls in 2014, some of whom have yet to be released till date.