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Amina’s rescue gives us hope, says Buhari


Amina Ali Nkeki was rescuedwith her baby by civilian vigilantes and troops on Tuesday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

Amina Ali Nkeki was rescued with her baby by civilian vigilantes and troops on Tuesday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the rescue of Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the abducted Chibok school girls, has given the government hope that others would be rescued alive.

The President spoke at a brief ceremony held at the Presidential Villa during which he formally met with the girl.

“Rest assured that this administration will continue to do all it can to rescue the remaining Chibok girls who are still in Boko Haram captivity,” said Buhari on Thursday. “Amina’s rescue gives us new hope, and offers a unique opportunity for vital information.”

Amina Ali, who was discovered by civilian vigilantes and troops on Tuesday, flew from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, in northeast Nigeria, to the capital, Abuja, with her mother, Binta.

They were accompanied by Borno state governor Kashim Shettima and federal government officials, including the national security advisor, defence minister and chief of defence staff.

President Buhari promised that the Federal Government would ensure that Amina went back to school and assist her in living a normal life.

Buhari said, “the continuation of Amina’s education, so abruptly disrupted, will definitely be a priority of the federal government. Amina must be enabled to go back to school. No girl in Nigeria should be put through the brutality of forced marriage. Every girl has the right to an education and a life choice.”

While expressing his enjoy at the news of Amina’s freedom from captivity, Buhari said he was saddened at what she might have passed through in the hands of her captors. ┬áHe said the Federal Government would spare no effort at ensuring that Amina was well taken care of.

“Like all Nigerians and many others around the world, I am delighted at the news that Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the missing Chibok girls has regained her freedom. But my feelings are tinged with deep sadness at the horrors the young girl has had to go through at such an early stage in her life.

“Although we cannot do anything to reverse the horrors of her past, the federal government can and will do everything possible to ensure that the rest of her life takes a completely different course. Amina will receive the best care that the Nigerian government can afford. We will ensure that she gets the best medical, psychological, emotional and whatever other care she requires to make a full recovery and be reintegrated fully into society.

“Yesterday, medical personnel from Government and other NGOs examined her for a total of about five hours. Trauma experts from the UNICEF also met her. The Federal Government will assist Murtala Muhammed Foundation, which has already been providing support to the families of the missing Chibok girls and which runs a trauma and counselling centre in Kano, will also be involved in ongoing work with Amina, monitoring her progress and highlighting any additional support she requires.”

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