Boko Haram: Why Jonathan’s peace committee failed – Aisha Wakil

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Female lawyer, Aisha Wakili, who was last week declared wanted by the Army, has given insight into why the peace committee set up by the immediate past administration led by former president, Goodluck Jonathan failed in the mandate to get Boko Haram members to end terror activities in the North-East. Disclosing this in an interview with Daily Sun, she also disclosed that the late leader of the sect, Muhammed Yusuf, had told her that Boko Haram members started bearing arms when they felt betrayed by the government.

While revealing that the Federal Government’s peace committee set up by Jonathan failed in its mission because of the insincerity of some members, Wakili said, “Some people involved in the peace deal were not sincere. There were people they brought as Boko Haram members.

“I do not know all the people that were brought. The ones I know are the Shehuri-North boys and they are truly members of the sect. There is a difference between the Yusfians, Ja’amantalis Sunnah and Boko Haram. The Yusfians were with the Boko Haram members, but they did not fight wars,” she explained.

On how Boko Haram started bearing arms, Wakili stated that when she discovered that Boko Haram members were undergoing military training, she sent for Yusuf and inquired if what she heard about declaring war with government was true and the group’s leader confirmed.

According to her, “I sent for him (Yusuf) and he came. He moved like a governor because he was loved by the group. I asked him: ‘my son, I have been hearing some rumours. Are they true?’ And he asked me what I had heard. I asked him if he was planning on starting a war and he said yes. They do not lie to me.”

Wakili disclosed that Yusuf stated that some of their members had had been killed, buried and that the government betrayed them. “And I asked him why so. He said I was there when some of them were killed and buried. He said they would fight the government. I said it was not going to happen. I asked him if I could come in and he agreed. He said the government had betrayed the group, but he refused to tell me what the betrayal was all about. He said that they would call me and some elders and I will know how they were betrayed.”

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