Boko Haram Kidnaps Nigerian Pastor, Releases Video of Him Sharing Message in Captivity

the Rev. Lawan Andimi | YouTube/Melodyinter World/Screengrab

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.

The Nigeria-based extremist group known for terrorizing the Lake Chad region released a video last week showing the Rev. Lawan Andimi pleading for his release.

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.

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.

“I have never been discouraged because of all conditions that one finds himself is in the hand of God,” Andimi assured.

Despite the abduction, the pastor explained that his captors — believed to be part of Boko Haram’s Shekau faction — have treated him well.

“These people have been doing good to me. They are feeding me with what I want to eat,” he said. “They are providing a nice place for me to sleep, a blanket and every need.”

“I believe they didn’t do anything wrong to me,” Andimi added. “I still believe God who make them to act in such a way is still alive and will make all arrangements. By the grace of God, I will be together with my wife and my children and all my colleagues. If the opportunity has not been granted, maybe it is the will of God.”

Andimi urged his supporters to be “patient.”

“Don’t cry, don’t worry, but thank God for everything,” he said in the video.

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Source: Christian Post