A former Boko Haram killer identified as Abdulkadir Abubakar who was among the insurgents that attacked and killed 58 male students of Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe state, for receiving “western education” – has spoken on his regrets.
In an interview with TheCable, Abubakar who is now in detention at a military facility, says he is a changed man and is full of regrets. Most importantly, he has sought the forgiveness of Allah and he is sure his sins have been wiped off.
Abubakar was arrested by the military at Buni Yadi when he allegedly went on an espionage mission ahead of the insurgents’ plot to attack the commander of the Special Force Training School.
The insurgents blamed the military officer for killing one of their field commanders, Abu Fatima.
In a brief chat with TheCable, Abubakar confesses to taking part in the Buni Yadi massacre and the kidnap of Chibok girls two months later.
“Myself and two other Boko Haram commanders, Abu Fatima and Paper, led most of the attacks on schools in Yobe between 2013 and 2014,” he tells TheCable.
He says the horrific attacks on schools and students were coordinated and executed through intelligence gathering and strategies mapped out under his supervision.
So changed is he now — or appears to be — that he does not have any kind words for Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the group which forbids Western education and wants to set up Islamic rule over Nigeria.
He claims Shekau “unilaterally” ordered attacks on schools, mosques, churches and markets, and also ordered abduction and rape.
“We were also the ones behind the abduction of students at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok. We also carried out attacks on schools in Potiskum, Mamudo, Damagun, Wagir and Ngarzarma, all in Yobe state,” he recalls.
“I wholeheartedly regret my actions and hope the Almighty Allah will forgive me. Allah said he will forgive whoever repents and asks him for forgiveness. I have repented and seek forgiveness.”
He might have been forgiven — who knows? — but will the grieving parents and the entire Buni Yadi community forgive him?
Abubakar and his terrorist gangs not only snuffed life put of 58 teenage students, they made sure to destroy the school — once the pride of the society.
The aftermath has so erased its records of academic excellence that nothing seems to be known of its prior achievement.