Winners Pastor Oyeleke speaks on his time in Boko Haram custody
Oyeleke says he was asked to convert to Islam in Boko Haram's captivity.
According to Sahara Reporters, the Nigerian Army, and the Department of State Service (DSS), in collaboration with the Initiative For Peace-building Movement and Kalthum Foundation For Peace, facilitated the release of the duo.
Punch reports that the mission that led to Oyeleke’s freedom started penultimate week after Governor Babagana Umara of Borno,had reached an agreement with the NGOs, while informing military and security agencies.
Recounting his ordeal in the hands of his captives, Oyeleke said, “We were on our way to Chibok when they caught us and took us to Yola; from there, they took a detour and finally took us to Sambisa.
“It was the two of us, myself and my brother, who was not released. They have promised us that when they finish discussions, they’ll release them in December; himself and the elder sister of this girl I was released with.
“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.
“I stayed peacefully with them for up to seven months. Many times they 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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