Ali Monguno was kidnapped on Friday.
The Family of Dr Shettima Ali Monguno, the elder statesman kidnapped in Maiduguri on Friday, has appealed to his abductors to release him without delay.
Mr. Monguno was kidnapped by gunmen shortly after the Friday Jumat payer in his mosque in Mafoni, Maiduguri.
Rahama Ali-Monguno, spokesman for the family, made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri on Saturday.
Ali-Monguno said that the elder statesman needed to be released so that he could have access to his daily medication.
“We are begging the abductors in the name of Allah to please release our father. They should consider his old age and his current state of health,’’ he said.
He also urged the abductors to consider the numerous philanthropic gestures of the elder statesman.
“Our father has been the life wire of many orphans, widows and vulnerable members of the society.
“He has helped to build Qur’anic and Western schools and sponsored many indigent children to school,” he said.
Ali-Monguno did not say if the abductors had made contact with the family or demanded ransom for his release.
Mr. Monguno, a member of the Borno Elders Forum, has been an advocate for dialogue with the Boko Haram sect for lasting peace in the state.
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