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“I know the Boko Haram boys”: Aisha Wakil responds to Nigerian Army

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“I know the Boko Haram boys”: Aisha Wakil responds to Nigerian Army

The third person declared wanted by the Nigerian Army on Sunday, Aisha Wakil, has now responded to the unprofessional declaration which did not first try inviting them despite having access to all three.

In a statement released on Monday, Wakil said she knows the “Boko Haram boys” and has been pushing for talks between the Army and the militants for a while. She however said she is innocent of the accusations.

“I want to inform the Nigerian people of my innocence and make them realise that I am in constant relation with the security personnel and they know where to find me but wonder why I had to be declared wanted on national news even mentioning my husband’s name alongside,” she said.

Wakil becomes the last of the three accused persons to respond. All three have said they are innocent and wondered why the Army went through the extraordinary step of declaring them wanted without first trying to reach them. Infact, one of them, Ambassador Ahmed Dolori went to the Army barracks in Maiduguri with the intention to turn himself in but the Army wasn’t even prepared. In a show of incompetence, they asked him to go and return the next day.

On his part, the other accused, Ahmed Salkida, a journalist has said he will be coming back to Nigeria soon and could even be back faster if the Army assist him in purchasing a plane ticket.

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Read Wakil’s full statement below:

I am Aisha Alkali Wakil.
I understand that the military declared me, Ahmed Silkida and Ahmed Bolori wanted for having links with Boko Haram. It’s interesting, now they believe me?
I know the Boko Haram boys. I have been in front fighting for peace long before Chibok girls were kidnapped. Nigerian security knows me too well, I’m not shady. Why declaring me wanted?
I have had meetings with Chief of Army staff & his people. I told them the way forward, to allow me come with some commanders of Boko Haram and discuss with them, present the release of CBGs but they chose to do things their own ways only and never gave considerations to any of my suggestions.
I want to inform the Nigerian people of my innocence and make them realise that I am in constant relation with the security personnel and they know where to find me but wonder why I had to be declared wanted on national news even mentioning my husband’s name alongside.
This has put my immediate and extended family under a lot of pressure and I do not deserve this from the Nigerian government.
Though they may not appreciate all my efforts to profer peaceful solutions to the menace of bh, my name should not be mudslinged nor my character defamed.
Thank you
Aisha Alkali Wakil

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