Islamic extremists have released a video showing a Christian pastor who was abducted from northeastern Nigeria in December saying that he will be killed on Wednesday if ransom demands are not met.
The latest video was sent to Nigerian news outlet Human Angle and shows Pastor Bulus Yikura identifying himself and pleading that government officials and Christian leaders negotiate his release.
"I'm calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and the governor of Borno to help me because I have been given a one-week ultimatum today, Feb. 24," Yikura reportedly said. "If you want me alive, I beg you in your capacity as president, the governor, and our local government chairman to save me from this suffering."
Please pray for me. Today is the last day I will have the opportunity to call on you in your capacity as my parents and relatives in the country. Anyone who has the intention should help and save me. Please release me from this pain."
Human Angle released a screenshot from the video that shows one of Yikura's abductors wielding a knife as he stands behind a kneeling Yikura.
Yikura was abducted by the Islamic extremists on December 24 in Pemi village, according to witnesses.