North East-based human rights activist, Aisha Wakil, alias Mama Boko Haram, claims she has been contacted Abu Musab Al-Barnawi-led faction of Boko Haram, and that the terrorists are ready to release the schoolgirls recently kidnapped from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe state.
The activist, who at various times participated and played key role in negotiations between the military authorities and Boko Haram insurgents’ commanders, told the News Agency of Nigeria the Barnawi faction of Boko Haram contacted her on Thursday to confirm it has the girls.
She had earlier in the week told PRNigeria that the faction might be responsible for the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls, and called on the abductors to release the girls to enable them to be reunited with their families.
Wakil, who is said to have communication links with Boko Haram and respected by some of its leaders, said, “they are even the ones that called me, and said Mama we heard what you have said and told me that they are with the girls and they are going to release them.
“I begged of them and said please let this not be another 1,000-plus days of Chibok girls, and they laughed and said no.
“I asked them where I can come and stay with them (girls) for two days, but they did not say anything.
“I can assure Nigerians that so far they are with my son Habib and his friends; Habib is a nice guy, he is very nice boy. He will not harm them, he will not touch them, and he will not kill them.
“He is going to listen to us, and so far he indicated interest that he loves peace. And I love them for that and believe what they said on this.
“They will definitely give us the girls. All I am begging Nigerians is to calm down, be prayerful, everything will be over in God grace.”