Maiduguri - Shocking details have emerged revealing that Aisha Wakil, the woman popularly referred to as Mama Boko Haram is an Igbo woman.
The woman activist, who was born into an Igbo Christian family converted to Islam during her time at the University of Maiduguri where she studied law, reports Vanguard
Prior to the transformation of the Boko Haram sect into a fighting force in 2009, Wakil was well known to have close ties with Mohammed Yusuf, the leader of the sect, whose killing led to the radical transformation of the group.
Wakil who is always totally veiled is married to another lawyer, Wakil Gana who is presently a judge with the Borno State High Court.
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The couple were named by the Boko Haram sect to negotiate on their behalf during the administration former President Goodluck Jonathan. Her name also featured prominently on the list of government negotiators at the time.
She has not for once denied a link with the group, having said in separate fora that she knew some of the insurgents right from when they were circumcised.
Wakil according to News 24 claimed she had previously approached the military to help secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls but her offers were spurned.
She disclosed she had meetings with Chief of Army staff but her suggestion on how to ensure the release of the girls were not considered.
- News 24