Barrister Aisha Wakil, also known as Mama Boko Haram, has revealed that the Boko Haram terrorists are set to start negotiations with the Nigerian government in order to secure the release of the Chibok girls who have been held hostage since April 2014.
Speaking to IBTimes UK, Wakil disclosed that the Boko Haram terrorists have presented a request asking her to represents them in negotiations with the government to secure the release of the girls.
Prince Lawal Shoyode, a spokesperson for Barrister Aisha Wakil, said:
“There are three Boko Haram factions at the moment and all of them have requested to be represented by Barrister Aisha. The first thing that will be negotiated is the release of the Chibok girls.”
The request by the sect for negotiations came a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari called on the United Nations to serve as negotiator in a bid to bring back the abducted Chibok girls.
Shortly after Buhari’s speech, an audio reportedly made by a Boko Haram member in the Hausa language emerged, requesting that Aisha Alkali Wakil should represent the group in the course of the negotiations with the federal government.
Wakil on her part said she was willing and ready to negotiate with the government. She said:
“I want total surrender of the boys [Boko haram]. I want them rehabilitated, counseled, properly directed, and forgiveness from people. Then we move on.
“You know the release of Chibok girls and other captives are paramount. You also know that some of them are married with kids, sad but manageable. Let them come out and have a new life, homes. Once the boys will keep their stand on peace, dislodge all negative forces, we will be swimming in peace and joy.”
Meanwhile, earlier in September, President Buhari said the government was willing to release some detained Boko Haram militants in exchange for the girls. But stated that the effort of the government to negotiate with the terrorists was frustrated because it became difficult to identify credible leaders of the sect.