The released Universty of Maiduguri lecturers who were abducted last year by the Boko Haram terrorists while on oil exploration have revealed that their captors were not hostile to them while in captivity.
The lecturers equally said while thanking God for rescuing them from the jaws of Boko Haram, they as well appreciate the terrorists for not harming them in their dark days.
One of the lecturers , Mr Yusuf Ibrahim said this while fielding questions from newsmen during a thanksgiving service organised for him by family members at the Church of Christ In All Nations ( COCIN) Gamboru in Jere Local government area of Borno state.
He noted that the experience of being in the hands of the Boko Haram terrorists was better imagined, saying that God has been faithful for seeing them through while in the custody of the terrorists.
“We appreciate God and thank Him because man alone cannot free us. God saw us through everything that came our way. The grace of God actually helped us and our captors were not hostile to us while in their hands . So we need to appreciate them too , because they fed us too,” Mr Ibrahim said.
He prayed God to grant freedom to all those still in the hands of the Boko Haram terrorists including one of their staff .
“ The God that saved us from captivity will surely save them too .They should be strong and hold on to God . We are living testimonies to the works of God,” he added.
Also speaking, Dr Solomon Yusuf, another of the freed UNIMAID lecturers who attended the thanksgiving, praised God for a day like the thanksgiving day.
“We give glory to God for without God this wouldn’t have been possible. We are all happy.We thank everyone that made this day a reality. Today is a testimony that we are alive and celebrating,” Dr Yusuf said.
Similarly, elder brother to Yusuf Ibrahim who gaced the thanksgiving service, Ibrahim David Ibrahim, described the day as the best thing that has happened in their lives as a family.
“ We thank the whole christian community, our muslim friends, and other members of the society. We are grateful to them for standing with us in time of diffiiculties.We also pray for those who lost their lives while in captivity, we pray God to give their families courage over the loss. People in captivity , known or unknown, May Almighty God grant them freedom,” he said
In the same vein, the mother of Yusuf Ibrahim, Mrs saratu Ibrahim said it was like the world had come to an end during the days that his son was in the hands of the Boko Haram terroriststs.
“ I was almost a walking corpse at that period because as days passed by, I kept rhetorically asking if what happened was actually real or an imagination. Thank God at last they regained their freedom. I want the world to join me in thanking God for his mercies and kindness to me and my family,” Ibrahim said.