Aisha Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram, says she will partner with the International Committee of Red Cross to rescue Leah Sharibu, the only Christian among the 112 kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents from Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state on February 19.
Miss Sharibu was held back for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, while others were later brought home to their parents by Boko Haram after Nigerian government negotiated their release.
Mrs Wakil, who disclosed this while interacting with journalists in Maiduguri, said the ICRC will partner with her under her NGO, Complete Care And Aid Foundation, which combats trafficking in persons and drug abuse.
“I am really worried about Leah and her freedom from Boko Haram. It is very important to me. Leah did not renounce her religion, that I can assure you and we shall do everything with both the government and the international organisations to ensure she regain her freedom just like her colleagues that were reunited with her families.”
She said that her foundation would also partner with ICRC to empower widows and rehabilitate underaged girls engaging in commercial sex activities.
Mama Boko Haram, an Igbo woman who hails from South East Nigeria, was a member of the Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution Of Security Challenges Committee in the northern region set up by President Goodluck Jonathan.
She was instrumental to efforts at restoring peace to the Northeast. One of such was bringing the army and commanders of the sect together during several negotiations.
She has also assisted in the release of some abductees from the Boko Haram sect via phone calls with terrorist leaders. This includes the release of Chibok girls.