Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God who was kidnapped 10 months ago escaped from Boko Haram militants in Borno on Tuesday.
Pastor Rotimi Obajimi, who served as a pastor in the rural area of Borno/Yobe province, was on his to Maiduguri on January 6th this year when Boko Haram militants abducted him.
According to a pastor in Redeem church in Maiduguri told SaharaReporters that they were surprised to see Mr. Obajimi emerge from nowhere, he said, “we were so amazed to see him because we have been praying earnestly for long time trusting Jesus that he would surely come back but lo and behold he was brought to our headquarters in Maiduguri by the military.”
The pastor told his colleagues that was taken to Sambisa Forest where he was tied down for months, he was later moved to an unknown destination and thereafter brought back to Sambisa forest again. He reportedly told his colleagues that his escape was made possible by a heavy downpour that led to massive floods which sacked everyone in the camps.
Due to the rains, armed men left him and others so he was able to escape and for days he wandered in the forest before he could arrive to a village where the military picked him up after narrating his experiences to them, they later brought him to Maiduguri.
He was later driven to Maimallari Hospital by military escorts,who had his face covered.
Another pastor revealed that the senior military official at 7 Division has advised them to relocate the pastor to Redemption Camp in Lagos for his safety, in fact, adequate provision has been made to fly him out of Maiduguri according to the pastor.
A military source at 7 Division confirmed the escape of Pastor Obajimi claiming that he has been fully debriefed by the military.
The ruthless Islamic group, Boko Haram kidnaps and brutally murders spreading terror among Nigerian villages for the past five years in an attempt to establish a caliphate, or Islamic rule, and Sharia law over the nation. They have also endorsed the self-claimed caliphate by ISIS terror group who have rapidly advanced and taken control of large areas of Syria and in Iraq. Both groups have ties to the well known terrorist group al Qaeda. Reports of ISIS have dominated the media, but less reported are the horrific atrocities taking place in north Nigeria and the plight Christians and others are facing there—extreme persecution.
The data collected by the Nigeria Social Violence Project proves Boko Haram as leading the most lethal conflict that Nigeria has faced in decades. It is labeled as one of the most significant conflicts in the world. In the northeast, Borno State has become a war zone with bombings, robberies, kidnappings, assaults on churches and the occupation of villages and towns. They are most noted in the media when they kidnapped over 200 school girls. Boko Haram insurgents use tactics similar to ISIS in Iraq and Syria, even declaring a local caliphate in Gwoza local government of Borno State. Thousands of Christians have been displaced. Many brutally slaughtered, including women and children.
Please pray for the nation of Nigeria and for the endurance of our Nigerian brothers and sisters. As in Acts 12, they were astonished to see the released pastor. Do not underestimate the power of our prayers. PRAY ON!
Acts 12:12-17King (KJV)
12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.
17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.