"In the morning they called us and gave us our cell phones to call our parents to say goodbye before they killed us. We did and returned to our tents, leaving our lives between the hands of God."
In February 2020, Michael nnadi, an 18-year-old Nigerian seminarian, was killed by a man who kidnapped him with three other young people. A few months later, the press revealed the motives of the murderer He couldn't bear to have him keep preaching the Gospel to her.
Three years later, two Catholic students abducted with Michael Nnadi, have just testified to the tragedy with the organization Aid to the Church in Need.
The young men begin by recounting their abduction at gunpoint, the long walk in the bush and then the motorbike ride to the place of detention.
Then, they report the violence suffered.
"They called us later to communicate with our parents, to inform them that we had been kidnapped. They beat us during these phone calls. We cried under the pressure, while our parents listened on the phone. This routine continued for about two weeks. Every time we called, they beat us."
Then a kidnapper started asking Michael questions about his faith. The seminarian spoke to him of the Our Father. While the youths were there blindfolded, the kidnappers came to take Michael and killed him. When they returned, they threatened his comrades.
"Later that night the leader of the gang told us that they had killed our brother and if they weren't paid the next morning they would kill us too. It was one of the longest nights of our life. In the morning they called us and gave us our cell phones to call our parents to say goodbye before they killed us. We did that and returned to our tents, leaving our lives in the hands of God. But we were not killed that day."
The other three young people were finally released four days after the death of Michael Nnadi.