More than 40 days after their abduction, the mother of one of the 80 students of Bethel Baptist College in Kaduna has been diagnosed with a swollen heart, a source revealed.
The parents were also said to be speaking with the bandits who reportedly insisted on collecting the N80m ransom.
In an interview with our correspondent on Saturday, the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State and its Vice Chairman (19 Northern states and Abuja), Joseph Hayab, pleaded with Nigerians to assist as the parents could not raise the N80m alone.
He said, “If Nigerians have forgotten our 80 children, those who have forgotten them are not fair to us. We don’t expect the government to forget our children; we don’t expect the military and the Federal Ministry of Education to forget our children.
“We as their parents and the church and Christians in Kaduna State have not forgotten them. We know that well-meaning Nigerians are with us in prayers. Anybody who thinks they have been forgotten, we will continue to remind them that our children are not back, our 80 children are still in captivity.
“This (Saturday) evening, one of the parents whose children are in captivity sent me words; how she has been diagnosed with a swollen heart. I told her that God will not allow her to die until her daughter comes back. I know it is the pain of what is going on that is causing all these new sickness, pains and problems because of her daughter being held in captivity.”