The notorious terrorist group, Boko Haram, has given the Nigerian pastor, Bulus Yikura, until March 3 to live.
Yikura was kidnapped on Christmas Eve by the Islamist terror group. According to Barnabasfund, the insurgents kidnapped Yikura and five other Christians during a raid about 20 km from Chibok. The gunman killed five of the Christians on December 24, 2020, as a “Christian Present.”
On February 24, Boko Haram released a video of Yikura pleading for help from President Burhari and the Christian Association of Nigeria.
“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,” Pastor Yikura screamed.
Boko Haram was established in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf and it stands for “Western education is forbidden.” When Yusuf was killed in 2009, the group was taken over by Abubaker Shakue and violence started to increase in Nigeria through bombings and abductions.
In 2015, Vice News released a documentary highlighting the war against Boko Haram. A member from a refugee family had this to say about the terrorist group, “These people are just devils. You can’t say they are just doing it for religious purposes, no.”
In April 2014 Boko Haram drew international attention when the group abducted nearly 300 school girls. During an interview, former First Lady Michelle Obama commented on the incident stating, “My husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of 200 girls from their school dormitory.”
For now, Yikura has been left to plead for himself in the frightening video. “Please pray for me…Please release me from this pain.”