By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.
President Mujammadu Buhari on Thursday received in his office, the Chibok Schoolgirl, Aisha Ali-Nkenki, who was rescued by the Joint Task Force from Boko Haram captivity in the dreaded Sambisa forest.
The girl who is now a mother of a four months old baby was led to the Presidential Villa by the Governor of Borno State, Kassim Shettima, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Oloniskokin and the National Security Adviser (NSA), General Babagana Munguno (retd), among others.
She was conveyed into the Presidential Villa in a special security vehicle.
The young abductee had her face covered and was heavily shielded both on her arrival and departure to prevent newsmen from asking her questions and taking her photographs.
State House correspondents many of whom were barred from the meeting that last about one and a half hours, and their other professional colleagues who swarmed around her like flies on rotten meat, struggle in vain to get a glimpse and a word out of the girl as she was sandwiched into a waiting vehicle and driven off out of their gaze.
Amina was among the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped from Government Secondary School, Chibo, Borno State about a year ago.
Speaking while receiving the girl at a brief ceremony, President Buhari said her rescue was a good sign that the remaining over 200 girls could still be brought back to their families alive.
Buhari promised that the Federal Government would take good and total care of the rescued girl, declaring that she is henceforth government’s property.
The President also assured that the girl’s education which had obviously suffered serious setback would be given maximum attention, saying that no Nigerian girl should be allowed to suffer the trauma of forced marriage.
He said: “Like others all over the world, I’m delighted that Amina Ali one of the missing Chibok girl has regained her freedom. But my feeling is stint with deep sadness and horrors the girl had 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 get the best care that the Nigerian government can afford: we will ensure that she gets the best medical, emotional and whatever care that she requires to get full recovery and be integrated into the society.
“Yesterday (Wednesday), medical personnel from government and other NGOs examined her for a total of about five hours; trauma experts from UNICEF also met her. The Federal Government will assist the Murtala Mohammed Foundation which has already been providing support for the families of the missing Chibok girls and which runs a trauma and counseling faciity in Kano will also be involved in the ongoing work with Amina in monitoring her progress and any additional support she requires.
“For the continuation of Amina’s education so abruptly disrupted, it will definitely be propriety of the federal government, Amina must be able to go back to school. Nobody in Nigeria should be put through the brutality of forced marriage, every girl has a right to education and their choice of life.
“Rest assured that this administration will continue to do what it can to rescue the Chibok girls who are still in Boko Haram’s captivity.
“Amina’s rescue gives us new hope and offers a unique opportunity to vital information.
“May Allah crown our efforts with success.”
Buhari receives rescued Chibok girl …Says it renews hope of safe return of others
By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.