Referring to Boko Haram members as her kids, Aisha Wakil said she circumcised them when they were babies.
Wakil, 48, who was part of those selected to hold negotiation talk with the Boko Haram leadership turned in herself few days after she was declared wanted.
Speaking of her relationship with Boko Haram, Wakil told Pulse that she helped circumcise some members of the sect when they were babies.
"When I came here in 1989, some of the boys had reached circumcision age. I helped in circumcising them. In the morning, the tradition here is that after circumcision, you’re expected to kill a chicken for them then use fire or hot water on their 'something'. So I did all that for them," she said.
Barrister Wakil who hails from the southeastern part of Nigeria said she became a mother-figure to the boys long before Mohammed Yusuf came to Maiduguri.
Referring to them as her kids, Wakil said she visited, cooked and played with them while they were young.
"So that relationship grew and they began to call me ‘mama.’ Their parents told them that I helped in circumcising them and they would cover their eyes because they were always shy. So I became their mother in the area where we stayed before moving here – No: 74, Sheguri north.
"When we moved here, I still go to see them every Saturday and Sunday to cook, eat, dance, sing and they will recite the Quran for me.
"Some will follow me to this my house. When they were so many, I had to put up all these structures in the compound to accommodate them. After some time, they started calling me “Yan jun ma” (meaning beloved mother). All these happened long before Mohammed Yusuf came.
"So when Mohammed Yusuf came, my relationship extended to him and his father-in-law. Like it is my tradition, every evening, I cook for people within and outside my home. So every evening, they all troop in here do come to eat. From Yan jun ma, they started calling me Amira and later on they came up with the name Mama Boko Haram," she added.
Speaking of the Chibok girls, Wakil blamed the delayed release of the girls on the protests which followed their abduction.
She however said the Boko Haram members were giving the girls special treatment in Sambisa forest.
Barrister Wakil said over thirty abducted Chibok girls were released after she called the sect.