ISWAP threaten to execute Nigerian pastor if ransom is not paid in one week
The Christian Post reports that a faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria aligned with the Islamic State has released a video in which a Christian pastor says he will be killed if the ransom is not paid by Wednesday, pleading with the government and the Christian Association of Nigeria for help.
“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. 24th,” says Pastor Bulus Yikura of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, who was abducted last Christmas Eve during an attack on Pemi village in Chibok local government area of Borno State.
The video was obtained by the African news outlet HumAngle, which reports that the pastor had previously appeared in two other videos — one from December and another from January — in which he also pleaded with the Nigerian government for help.
“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,” the kneeling pastor, with a knife-wielding man standing behind him, says in the Hausa language.
Directing his statement at the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Yikura stated that he has “no means of freeing myself except through your assistance,” according to the Abuja-based online newspaper Premium Times.