A pastor with the Living Faith Church Worldwide, better known as Winners’ Chapel, has recounted his stay with dreaded terrorists’ group, Boko Haram.
Moses Oyeleke, works with the church’s parish in Maiduguri, was abducted alongside his assistant, Abraham Amuta, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, on March 13, 2019.
“I stayed peacefully with them for up to seven months. Many times, they have requested me to convert to Islam, their preachers had preached to me a lot of times but you know when you have wisdom, you relate with people in a way that would not lead to quarrel.
“When they come to preach, I pay attention to everything they said and when they asked me questions about things that I know will cause problems if I respond, I always tell them I don’t know so that I don’t say things that would offend them,” Oyeleke said after their rescue.
The gazellenews learnt that Oyeleke and another lady, Ndagiliya Umar, were released following intervention by the state government, Kalthum Foundation for Peace, and Initiative for Peace Building, two non-governmental organisations.
Before they were released, Oyeleke said the abductors asked for a ransom from his family and that of his resident pastor, Victor Samaila, who was also kidnapped. The duo had been part of the church’s team sent to distribute relief materials to internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The other rescued person, Ndagiliya Umar, was abducted in a school in Askira Uba local government area of Borno, along with her sister and some other people.
She said: “Life in the bush, they marry off little girls; women do not talk to men, and movement is restricted.”
Based on their account, their abductors promised to release the others after ‘discussions’ had been concluded.