Maiduguri - One of the three individuals recently declared wanted by the Defence Headquarters over links with the Boko Haram sect - Aisha Wakil has opened up on her relationship with the terrorist group.
Wakil , who is fondly regarded as 'Mama Boko Haram' for calling the insurgents her children, said the protests which followed the abduction of over 200 girls from Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno state led to their delayed release.
She noted that members of the sect expressed dissatisfaction over the inability of the world to organise similar protests for other girls who they have kidnapped.
Wakil, who is a staff of the National Human Rights Commission, said when noise about the girls became too loud, members of the sect became bold and said they would not release them, adding that they began to call the girls ‘Our golden Chibok girls.’
She stated that because of the protest, the girls were given special treatment so that they can mix up with other girls in the bush.
"It did not take long, then the noise started 'Chibok girls, Chibok girls.' So they called me to ask if Chibok girls have become gold and diamond. And they decided that they won’t release anyone. The protest was so much!
"They told me ‘Mama, we saw Obama’s wife on television with #BringBackOurGirls placard.’ When the noise became too loud, they became bold and said they would not release them. They began to call the girls ‘Our golden Chibok girls.’
She, however, said 30 of the girls were released and some have been killed while some are still be held by the sect.
Watch the interview with Barrister Aisha Wakil below:
- News 24