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Boko Haram: College lecturer, 10 more kidnapping victims beg for freedom : Nigerian Education


A college lecturer and 10 others recently kidnapped by Boko Haram can be seen in a video shared by their kidnappers and asking the Nigerian government to come to their rescue.

The kidnapped said they were all Christians and were from Yobe state. They want the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to also help secure their freedom.

In the one-and-a-half minute video, one of the kidnapped, Bitrus Bwala, who was a senior lecturer at the Gobe College of Education in Yobe State, spoke on behalf of the others.

"I was on my way to my station on November 27, 2019, when I was kidnapped by the Tilafa Army (Boko Haram)," said Bwala.

"I appeal to the federal government to help us."

Mr. Bwala said the life of him and the other prisoners was not safe since all 11 were Christians. He therefore asked CAN to intervene to save their lives.

"As you can see, there are fellow Christians behind me who have been kidnapped and taken to different places," he said.

I also appeal to the Christian Association of Nigeria to do everything possible to save us. because when we came here we saw some workers here, especially food organization workers … but they were later executed … (sobs) … "

Mr. Bwala also said that Leah Sharibu, one of the 110 students kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe state, was still with the kidnappers.

While all other girls were released after negotiations with the federal government, Ms. Sharibu was not released because she refused to give up her Christian belief.

"We also say the government hasn't done enough, so Leah Sharibu is still with this group," said Bwala.

"We therefore appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to do everything possible to save us."

The video also showed a veiled woman whose face was blurred to seemingly hide her identity. It is not clear whether the lady was Leah Sharibu.

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