Aisha Wakil, better known as “Mama Boko Haram”, says the female students of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe, northern Nigeria abducted by Boko-Haram insurgents are safe with one Habib, whom she identified as her son.
The human rights activist had said that the Musab al-Barnawi faction of the Boko Haram sect kidnapped the 110 girls.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, Mama Boko Haram said the faction contacted her on Thursday to confirm that the girls were in its custody.
Wakil said the abductors of the Dapchi girls confirmed to her that the girls were safe, healthy and in good condition.
“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 a 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”.
She spoke hours after the federal government said the search for the girls had been extended to neighbouring countries.
It is not yet clear if the President Muhammadu Buhari sought the assistance of Wakil to negotiate the release of the 110 girls, a move the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan made for the release of some Boko Haram captives.