By Adenike Lucas
One of the men declared wanted by the Nigerian army has offered to return to the country if the “military sends” air ticket to him.
The Armed Forces of Africa’s most populous country announced to its citizen that Ahmad Salkida (Ambassador) with an activist Ahmed U Bolori and lawyer Aisha Alkali Wakil aka ‘mama Boko Haram’ were wanted for their alleged links with Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād known as Boko Haram.
All the named persons have made an attempt to contact the Army following the call for their submission in a press release announced by the acting director of army public relations.
In Mr Salkida’s reply to the statement made by Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman on August 14, via his blog salkida.com noted that he was not in the country and the army was aware of his absence.
“The statement declaring me wanted seeks culpable grounds to punish me on account of ‘last two videos released by Boko Haram terrorists,” he said.
Noting that he “had been to Nigeria three times on the invitation of the Federal Government to help in the recovery of the Chibok schoolgirls, Mr Salkida who is based in the United Arab Emirates, promised to “seek to get a flight to Abuja and avail myself to the Army authorities.
“Indeed, my return will be hastened if the Military sends me a ticket.”
The former Daily Trust and Blueprint journalist has reported widely, the atrocities carried out by the deadly terrorist sect who pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS) in March last year.
The 41-year-old, University of Maiduguri graduate is reported to have been the only journalist to have interviewed the Boko Haram founder, Muhammad Yusuf.
The Borno state indigene who had to flee out of the country has also conducted an interview with Boko Haram’s current leader, Abubakar Shekua.
Mr Salkida’s rear access to Boko Haram to the leader of the sect has provided him with an opportunity that has seen gain access to exclusive videos depicting the living condition of the Chibok girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram 28 months ago.
The parent of Dorcas Yakubu were able to identify her in a new gruesome video given to Mr Salkida which he published on Youtube, yesterday.
In his final remarks, Mr Salkida states “ allegiance and sacrifice to the Federal Republic of Nigeria is self-evident. I have stayed within the creed of professional journalism in my work.”