Islamic extremists in northeastern Nigeria released a video early last week threatening to kill a kidnapped Christian pastor if they did not receive a large ransom payment, according to local reports.

The same terrorists who displayed the flag of jihadist group Boko Haram in a video in May released another video — with published reports showing its date of release ranging from June 21 to June 25 — of the Rev. Paul Musa, pastor of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Gamboru Ngala, Borno state, kneeling in front of terrorist brandishing a gun.

Pastor Musa and his wife were kidnapped in March 2023.

“One week ultimatum has been given by our captors for you who are ready to secure our release, to do that which is necessary to meet their demands,” Pastor Musa says in Hausa on the video. “If within one week nothing is done, me and my wife will be killed. My appeal is that you do whatever you can within the stipulated time to get us out of here or receive the news about our death.”

The 15-second video shows the pastor dressed in an orange shirt and kneeling, his hands behind his back, with the terrorist standing behind him. He says in the video that this is his last appeal to government authorities and church leaders.

Reports of the ransom amount the terrorist group demands have ranged from $39,180 to $130,221. The Rev. David Ayuba Azzaman of Kings Worship Centre International in Kaduna told media outlet Truth Nigeria that Pastor Musa’s son informed him from Cameroon that the terrorists gave the pastor’s family and church seven days from the June 24 release of the video to pay the ransom or he would be killed.

The COCIN raised funds and offered them to the terrorists, which they rejected as insufficient, Azzaman told Truth Nigeria.

The chairman of the Borno state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Rev. John Bakeni, told the media outlet that multiple videos showing Pastor Musa have appeared previously, and that CAN has been striving to obtain the release of various Christian captives, including Pastor Musa.

Kidnapped priest

In northwestern Nigeria’s Zamfara state, a Catholic priest appealed for his life in a video after he was kidnapped on June 22 from church premises at St. Raymond Catholic Church in the Damba area of the city of Gusau.

The Rev. Micah Suleiman, in a 51-second video sent to the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto by the unnamed terrorists, pleads for ransom to be paid or else he will be killed.

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