Barrister Aisha Wakil, also referred to as Mama Boko Haram, had said 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 captive since April 2014.
Speaking to IBTimes United Kingdom, Wakil disclosed that the Boko Haram terrorists have given a request asking her to represents them in negotiating with the government to secure the discharge of the women.
Prince Lawal Shoyode, a spokesman for barrister Aisha Wakil, said:
“There are 3 Boko Haram factions at the moment and every one of them have requested to be represented by barrister Aisha. The primary issue that will be negotiated is the release of the Chibok girls.”
The request by the Islamic sect for negotiations came a couple of days after President Muhammadu Buhari called on the United Nations to act as negotiator in a bid to bring back the kidnapped Chibok ladies.
Shortly after Buhari’s speech, an audio clip reportedly made by a Boko Haram member in the Hausa language emerged, requesting that Aisha Alkali Wakil ought to represent the group in the course of the negotiations with the federal government.
Wakil on her part said she was willing and prepared to negotiate with the government. She added:
“I want total surrender of the boys [Boko haram]. i want them counseled, rehabilitated, properly directed, and forgiveness from people. Then we move on.
“You know the release of Chibok girls and other captives are important. You also know that some of them are married with kids, sad but manageable. Allow them to come out and have a brand new life, homes. Once the boys will keep their stand on ceasefire, dislodge all negative forces, we will be swimming in peace and joy.”
Meanwhile, earlier in September, President Buhari said the government was ready to release some detained Boko Haram militants in exchange for the girls. But stressed that the effort of the government to negotiate with the terrorists was frustrating because it became tough to identify credible leaders of the sect.