One week after he was taken hostage, Sheikh Ahmad Sulaiman, a popular Quranic Reciter who regularly offered supplications for President Muhammadu Buhari at campaign rallies, is yet to be released by his abductors.
The eminent religious scholar was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Katsina State while returning from a religious function in Kebbi on his way to Kano last Thursday.
He was abducted alongside four other religious preachers, along Sheme-Kankara road in Katsina.
Speaking to PRNigeria, a family member in Kano, simply identified as Mallam Kabir said they have been emotionally distressed since the news of the abduction broke last week.
Kabir wondered why the kidnappers would abduct a religious teacher who is not a politician or wealthy personality, describing the incident as “very disturbing and worrisome.”
“Everybody in the family and sympathisers are apprehensive. Though we are glad, he is in good condition now but we are afraid of what the kidnappers may do to him if they don’t get any positive response from us. Notwithstanding, we pray he remains unharmed as we ask Allah to soften the hearts of his abductors so that they will set him free as soon as possible,” Kabir said.
PRNigeria also spoke to Mohammed Abdul, one of the students of the abducted Sheikh, who said that they are very worried about the heart-rending incident.
The student said: “Sheikh Sulaiman is a soft-spoken, kind, generous and humble religious leader who like to assist the needy. He always preaches about religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence as he totally condemns extremism.”
In an audio clip obtained by PRNigeria, the kidnappers are demanding a colossal sum of three hundred million Naira as ransom from the family of the revered cleric before releasing him from their hideout.