One of the 3 UNIMAID lecturers captured by Boko Haram Dr. Solomon N. Yusuf has written a letter to his wife.
In the letter made available to Sahara Reporters and dated Monday, September 4, Dr. Solomon called on the federal government to speed up its process of negotiating for their release from their captor Abu Mus’ab Albarnawi, as he further warned that delay in doing so poses a huge risk to their lives.
“I want to emphasize that delay in getting our freedom poses risk to our dear lives. We never expected we would spend over 42 days (as at 4 September) in captivity because the project has presidential orders to explore hydrocarbon in the Chad Basin.
The government should please continue negotiating with the present contact given to them by the University of Maiduguri as a means of contacting soldiers of Khalifa under the leadership of Abu Mus’ab Albarnawi.
We plead with the government to treat our freedom with all sense of urgency and sympathy so that that we can be reunited with our families. The use of force is a serious threat to our lives.”
The abducted who disclosed that over 70 people had died in the exploration saga, also revealed that his colleagues, Messrs Yusuf Ibrahim and Haruna Dashe are alive, well and hoping to return home while also urging that the new baby delivered in his absence be named by his father, Mr. Nehemiah Yusuf.
He thanked the national and University of Maiduguri chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for calling for their release.