The family of kidnapped Dr. Shettima Ali Monguno has expressed concern over the health status of the 87-year-old elder statesman particularly since no one has been able to get his prescribed drugs across to him, which family sources say he takes seven times daily.
Not only has his abductors kept silence since they last called on Friday, the mobile phone number with which they called the family had since been switched off.
The Islamist sect, Boko Haram on Saturday through a man, who simply identified himself as Mallam Ali wwho spoke on behalf of the sect had also said it had no hand in the abduction of the former Minister, reiterating their respect for Monguno.
Meanwhile, the son of the kidnapped elder stateman, Rahaman, who was apparently worried called on Nigerians to pray while pleading with the abductors to consider the age of his father, his philanthropy and long time service to the community, nation and humanity. Visitors has continued to troop in to console the family and to offer prayers for his safe return.
Also, Borno elders have been holding series of meetings to strategise on how to get Monguno freed. The Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, who described the incident as sad paid a visit to the residence of Monguno on Friday and promised that his government will do everything possible to secure his release from his abductors.
Monguno, the first black man to chair OPEC was kidnapped on Friday shortly after the Juma’at prayer in Mafoni, Maiduguri.
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