Barrister Aisha Alkali Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram has been nominated for the 2019 Sydney Peace Award.
A statement by Prince Lawal Shoyode, the Country Director of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, a Non Governmental Organisation established by Barrister Wakil to impact on victims of Boko Haram crisis, said “Mama Boko is among those nominated for the respected Sydney Peace Award in faraway Australia for her efforts in seeing an end to the Boko Haram crisis in North East Nigeria.”
Shoyode said: “Barrister Aisha Wakil’s efforts to see peace return to troubled North East is being recognized outside Nigerian shores.”
He further said that Barrister Aisha Wakil is noted as a bridge to Boko Haram insurgents. She has been appealing to Boko Haram but it has been discovered that many people are frustrating her peace efforts.
He lamented that some do not want the crisis to stop as they are benefiting directly from the insurgency. “Those fueling this”, he said, “are people that matter, they have many atimes sidelined her because they know that she will not allow them to play ball.”
Barrister Wakil is a recipient of peace awards by the Nigeria Boys’ Scout in Benue and Borno States. Other awards she received include Leadership and Peace Award in Morocco and early this month she was awarded the African Peace Icon in Ghana.
He said all these are proofs to her sincere effort in bringing peace to Borno State, North East and Nigeria as a whole.