Journalist declared wanted over Boko Haram link says “Many Nigerians have access to the sect”


The freelance journalist, Ahmad Salkida, who on Sunday was declared wanted by the army over link with Boko Haram alongside a female lawyer, Hajia Aisha Wakil, and a non-governmental(NGO) promoter, Ahmed Bolori, said not few Nigerians have access to the dreaded Islamic sect.

Fondly called ‘Boko Haram journalist’, Salkida was declared wanted under the amended Terrorism Prevention Act 2011after Boko Haram’s release a new video in which the terrorist group restated its conditions for freeing the Chibok girls.

Following the release of the video, Salkida had claimed on his Twitter handle, @contactsalkida that he was in possession of the video long before the sect released it.

Before now, Salkida who has a strong ties with Boko Haram in January criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls on his twitter handle after the President in a media chat said, “The honest truth is that I don’t know the actual place and state of the girls. The more reason we are trying to be very careful before we negotiate with any group. Before we negotiate with any group, we must make sure they show us the actual location of the girls. We must make sure they are complete.

“We are looking for a credible Boko Haram leadership that will convince us that the girls are here and alive.”

Reacting to the President’s speech that suggested that the government was at a loss as to how to bring back the abducted Chibok girls, Salkida wrote then: “If the president wants to have video evidence of all Boko Haram captives he can receive it today, that’s if he hasn’t already. If the president wants the captors of innocent Nigerian citizens and schoolgirls to put them on the phone with their parents, he can have it done, except if he doesn’t want to. He has the might as the president, so why is he saying he has no clue about the state of the girls?

“Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), popularly called Boko Haram, didn’t fall from the sky, they are mostly Nigerians. Is the president saying no one in Nigeria has access to the sect, a country of over 170 million or, if those with access have not come forward, what has he done as the president to find them?

“What does the president mean when he says no credible leader of ISWAP has come forward with evidence of the 219 girls abducted in their dormitories in April 2014 before he will consider negotiation? Does the president want a Boko Haram leader to approach the fortified gates of Aso Rock and announce himself and wait to be ushered in? And who are these Boko Haram leaders that were attempting to approach the federal government over the last months that were not credible enough?”


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