It’s no longer news that a certain number of 82 Chibok girls have returned from the captivity of Boko Haram who had held them on hostage for close to three years are now back in the arms of their parents. Since their arrival, many have heaped praises on the government for facilitating their release, but if there is anyone that deserves more praises then it’s no other person than 57-year-old Zannah Mustapha
Mustapha, a lawyer was the one who mediated between the government and the militants for the release of the Chibok girls.
“I went ahead of the Red Cross. They [the militants] brought the girls to me,” said Mr Mustapha, the lawyer from Borno state in north-east Nigeria.
Mr Mustapha’s role as a mediator dates back to his founding the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School in 2007, to provide free Islamic-based education to orphans and the poor.
When the Boko Haram insurgency erupted in 2009, the school offered admission to the children of soldiers and government officials killed by the militants, as well as those of militants killed by the state.
Mr Mustapha then sought the assistance of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which began providing free meals to the pupils.
In October 2016, Mustapha facilitated the release of 21 Chibok girls. And now, he is said to have also done it with the assistance of ICRC