Repentant Boko Haram Arabic teacher, Ibrahim Suleiman has explained why he joined the Islamic sect.
Suleiman, who tagged the group’s practices in Sambisa, Borno State, as barbaric and un-Islamic, said he became a member to enable him rescue his three children who were forcefully taken by the group.
The ex-sect member made this confession on Wednesday when he gave up his membership of the terrorist group, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
He told newsmen that he willingly surrendered to the military after escaping from Sambisa forest along with his three children.
Narrating his experiences, the Arabic teacher said he was forced to join the group following an unsuccessful mission to rescue his children aged between four and 10, who had been enlisted by his elder brother.
He said, “My brother was a member of Boko Haram and has been with the group for a very long time.
“When they were dislodged by the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, he ran down to me in Kano and stayed with me for about one year. As at then, I never knew what he was up to.
“I was teaching Arabic students in Kano and, at the same time, doing small-scale business.
“Unfortunately, my business crumbled and I had no money to continue keeping my brother and his wife; so, he moved from Kano to Gashuwa in Yobe State.’’
Suleiman revealed that life became very tough and unbearable after he and his wife divorced, so he had to join his brother in Gashuwa.
According to him, his brother suddenly disappeared with his three children.
“I never knew what he was up to; until I realised that he had taken my three kids along with him to Sambisa.
“It took me 10 months to hear from him and then he confirmed to me that he and my kids were in Sambisa.