In a press statement by his Director of Press, Isa Gusau, on Sunday, Shettima pleaded for the release of the elder statesman, with a caution on the spiritual implications on those involved in the kidnap of the 87-year-old man, renowned for helping the less privileged in society.
According to the statement, the governor’s message came after his return to Maiduguri from Abuja, where he held an emergency meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan over Monguno’s abduction.
Shettima said, “Allah places high premium on orphans. He said in many portions of the Quran that taking care of orphans is one of the best deeds before him because His noble Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) grew up as a poor orphan.
“Allah has clearly described those who help orphans and feed the poor as the righteous ones He is pleased with. Those who help orphans and the poor have special place before Allah and this makes our elder statesman, Shettima Ali Monguno a special person before Allah because over the years, he has dedicated his lifetime to catering for orphans, widows and the needy.”