Kidnapped pastor by Boko Haram asks for help in video
A pastor abducted by a faction of the radical Islamic extremist group Boko Haram during a raid in the Adamawa state of Nigeria last week has issued a plea for help in a video released by the terrorist group.
Rev. Lawan Andimi is the head of the Christian Association in Nigeria’s chapter in the Adamawa state and was declared missing on Jan. 3 following a raid in the town of Michika, Christianpost reports.
His abduction comes as abductions and violence carried about by both Boko Haram factions have increased since December.
According to the U.N.-accredited NGO Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the video was sent to a Nigerian journalist covering Boko Haram. Before the video’s release, the pastor was last seen being taken away in a Toyota.
In the video, Andimi pleads for his pastor colleagues to call on Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to secure his release.
Although the pastor was kidnapped, he says the perpetrators – believed to be part of Boko Haram’s Shekau faction – treat him well and they have been providing the necessary food and a place to sleep.
In December 2019 Nigeria was added to the Special Watch List of the United States for the first time, which follows religious intolerance and persecution worldwide.
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