Aisha Wakil aka Mama Boko Haram says the Boko Haram sect have reached out to her and can confirm that the 110 Dapchi female students abducted in Yobe state, on February 19th are with them.
Aisha Wakil was a member of the Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges Committee in the northern region, set up during the President Goodluck Jonathan era.
In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, Mama Boko Haram said that the leader of the Boko Haram faction, Habib Barwani, who has the girls, have pledged to keep the girls safe and even return them.
In an interview with PRNigeria earlier this week, Wakil had called on the abductors to release the girls to be reunited with their families.
Wakil, who is said to have communication links with Boko Haram and respected by some leaders of the sect, declared that she was ready to sacrifice her life to rescue the girls.
“They are even the ones that called me, and said Mama we heard what you have said and told me that they are with the girls and they are going to release them.
I begged of them and said please let this not be another 1,000-plus days of Chibok girls, and they laughed and said no. I asked them where I can come and stay with them (girls) for two days, but they did not say anything.
I can assure Nigerians that so far they are with my son Habib and his friends; Habib is a nice guy, he is very nice boy. He will not harm them, he will not touch them, and he will not kill them.
He is going to listen to us, and so far he indicated interest that he loves peace. And I love them for that and believe what they said on this.
They will definitely give us the girls. All I am begging Nigerians is to calm down, be prayerful, everything will be over in God grace.”
NAN also gathered that the activist had at various times participated and played key role in negotiations between the military authorities and Boko Haram insurgents’ commanders, which facilitated released of numerous abductees from terrorists’ captivity.
In a statement yesterday, the Federal Government announced it has stepped up the search for the 110 girls to the neighbouring countries.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said top military and security officials on Thursday traveled to the North-east to add more urgency to the search, which has now been extended beyond the North-east theatre.
The officials include the nation’s top military officer and Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Army Staff; Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Alhaji Lawal Daura.
They joined the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who had earlier relocated to the North-east, as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd), who has also visited the theatre.
The Federal Government had earlier released the names and other details of the 110 girls who have yet to be accounted for, following the attack on the GGSTC, Dapchi, Yobe State, on 19 Feb. 2018.
The panel set up by the Federal Government to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls was inaugurated on Thursday by the NSA.
Watch the video she had with NAN below…