Chairman of Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), Adamawa State chapter, Rev. Dami Mamza has disclosed that a N50 million offer was made to the Boko Haram insurgents for the release of the slain CAN chairman of Michika Local Government, Lawal Andimi.
In a session with newsmen in Yola, Mamza noted that unfortunately, the Boko Haram insurgents who demanded €200 million rejected the N50 million offer and stopped further negotiations with a vow to kill the abducted cleric.
The cleric said after failing their ransom demand, the insurgents severed negotiations and called the wife of the abducted pastor and told her that they will kill him on Saturday but postponed the execution till Monday.
Andimi was abducted on Jan 4, 2020 when they launched attack on Michika and Madagali local governments of Adamawa State but were repelled by soldiers in synergy with local vigilante operatives.
Shortly after his abduction, Andimi, was seen in a video posted on Twitter by Ahmed Salkida a journalist who has access to Boko Haram saying that he was captured by the insurgents.
Andimi pleaded with the Adamawa State Government and CAN leadership to come to his rescue.
The cleric, who spoke in Hausa and English intermittently, urged his family not to be afraid, adding that he would return home safely if it is the will of God.
He said, “I have never been discouraged because everything is in the hands of God. God who made them to take care of me and leave me alive will touch them… So, I am appealing to fellow reverends, particularly my President, Rev. Joel Billy, who is a strong man of love, that he will do his best to speak with our governor and other necessary agents for my release.
“These people (Boko Haram) have been treating me well. They have been feeding me with what I want to eat and they provided me with a nice place to sleep and everything. They have not done anything wrong to me and I believe that God, who made them to act in such a way, is still alive.
“By the grace of God, I will be together with my wife, children and colleagues and if the opportunity has not been granted, then maybe it is the will of God. All well-wishers and colleagues should be patient. Don’t cry, don’t worry but thank God for everything.”