The Oasis Reporters
March 3, 2021
By Greg Abolo
Urhobo born ex-social media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan who has been on self exile abroad since 2015 has never hidden his good knowledge of the Holy Koran despite being a Christian pastor with an equally deep knowledge of the Holy Bible.
He used his knowledge and deep psychology to confront Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau on Twitter, urging him to release Pastor Bulus Yakuru and two days later, the dreaded Boko Haram leader did just that to the consternation of a crestfallen community.
Reno Omokri @renoomokri on March 1, 2021 addressed Mallam Shekau, (knowing fully that even terrorists in the bushes including Fulani herdsmen militia follow the social media).
Without frivolities, he wrote:
“I write you in the language of the prophet (SAW). Please do not kill pastor Bulus Yikura. Remember the first Hijra of Muslims and how Abyssinian Christians saved them from the Quraysh. Show mercy to Pastor Yikura, the way Habesha Christians showed mercy to Muslims”
Thank you God for the release of Pastor Bulus Yikura. I am so ecstatic. God you are too good. I will bless the Lord at all times, for He is good! His praise shall forever be in my mouth. There is no other God like the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! https://t.co/DNuhjnYAS1March 3, 2021
That was all.
Shekau definitely saw the tweet.
Suddenly, Nigerian clergyman, Bulus Yakuru, who was abducted by the Abubakar Shekau led faction of Boko Haram on December 24, 2020, was released.
No fanfare, as with the Dapchi girls release. No report of ransom from Omokri’s base abroad. No new uniforms as with the Jangebe school girls release from captivity.
Yakuru who was abducted by the terror group in Pemi village, Borno state, an about 20 kilometres distance from Chibok where Boko Haram insurgents abducted hundreds of schoolgirls in 2014, emerged.
The terrorists were said to have abducted him after killing seven persons during the attack.
In a video posted on social media last week, the clergyman was seen appealing to the Federal government to intervene and secure his release as the sect members threatened that was the last time he would be given an opportunity to plead for intervention.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, Bulus was sighted being moved to the office of Nigeria’s domestic intelligence service known as the State Security Service in Borno after his release by the sect members on Wednesday evening, March 3.
This, obviously is a triumph of knowledge of the psychology of the sect leader and using it to good measure in appealing to his conscience.
When my family and I were trapped by religious rioters in Kano Nigeria with knives drawn to kill us, a courageous Hausa neighbour, just two blocks away from my house risked all by coming out to plead with the rioters. The religious rioters were angry, according to them, that then President Obasanjo did nothing while Muslims were being killed in Plateau State and therefore we, the president’s “Christian brothers” in Kano would be slaughtered in revenge.
My neighbour told them that the pain was real. Then added that according to the holy book, “in war, you don’t kill women and children” and went on further to quote verses to buttress his claim. They didn’t kill my wife and children while I watched. After a few humiliating slaps on my wife, they walked away to another target.
I could see then that the psychological banter with the rioters had the right effect.
My family remains eternally grateful to that Hausa neighbour of mine, who remains a friend for life.