Reports making rounds on the Nigerian media space reveal Boko Haram has nominated Aisha Wakil who was earlier declared wanted by military operatives alongside two others namely Ahmed Bolori and Ahmad Salkida.
Boko Haram terrorists have allegedly asked a local human rights activist and lawyer to start negotiating with the Nigerian government on their behalf, IBTimes UK reports.
The move came days after President Muhammadu Buhari said the United Nation should intervene and negotiate with the Islamist outfit.
Shortly after Buhari’s speech, an audio allegedly made by a Boko Haram member emerged. It is believed the person overheard, which is in Hausa, said Barrister Aisha Alkali Wakil aka Mama Boko Haram, should represent the group during negotiations with the government.
Prince Lawal Shoyode, a spokesperson for Barrister Aisha Wakil – and the barrister herself – have since both confirmed to IBTimes UK that Boko Haram had put forward a request.
“There are three Boko Haram factions at the moment and all of them have requested to be represented by Barrister Aisha,” he said.
He added the first thing that will be negotiated is the release of the Chibok girls. Wakil, who was recently declared wanted by the Nigerian Army and later released after interrogation, spoke to IBTimes UK directly and said she was willing 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, a close friend of Aisha Wakil also revealed to a Tori News correspondent that she has a scheduled meeting with the Directorate of State Security, DSS in Abuja this weekend over issues bordering on the Boko Haram sect.