Boko Haram releases Winners Pastor after 7 months of Abduction


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Moses Oyeleke, a Pastor of the Living Faith Church a.k.a Winners Chapel has finally regained freedom from Boko Haram insurgents after spending seven months in captivity.

Oyeleke was abducted while on a mission to distribute relief items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Chibok in March 2019. He was abducted alongside his Assistant Pastor who is a member  of the National Youth Service Corps.

However, the intervention of the Borno state Government and two Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) facilitated the release of  Pastor Oyeleke. The NGOs involved are; Kalthum Foundation for Peace and Initiative for Peace Building.

The Winners Clergyman narrated his ordeal with the insurgents, saying they tried to convert him to Islam with several quranic teachings.

According to The Cable, Oyeleke said; “We were on our way to Chibok when they caught us and took us to Yale; from there, they took a detour and finally took us to Sambisa” 

“I am very happy today that we have been rescued because where we are coming from, we have come from a place of darkness to light; that is why my heart is filled with joy because I have seen my family, friends, and associates.

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“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.”

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