Rescued Chibok girl, Amina, will return to school – Buhari

Rescued Chibok girl, Amina, will return to school – Buhari
May 19 22:20 2016

President
Muhammadu Buhari has stated that Amina Ali Nkeki, the Chibok
schoolgirl who was rescued
Tuesday after two years in Boko
Haram’s captivity, will have the
opportunity to return to school
and pursue  her dreams.
The President said this on Thursday  after meeting with the
girl at the presidential villa in
Abuja.
Amina, who was one of 276
girls abducted by the
militants in 2014, will receive the
best medical, psychological and
emotional care that the Nigerian
Government can afford, Mr.
Buhari said.
He said since nothing could be
done to salvage the past, the rest
of her life will take a completely
different course.

“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,”
President Buhari said.
“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” the President said
adding that he can only imagine
all the girl who was taken away at
17 years had to go through at such
an early stage of her life,” he said.
Amina arrived at the presidential
villa, veiled and escorted by her
brother, mother, the the National
Security Adviser, Mohammed
Monguno, and the Borno state
governor, Kashim Shettima.

According to her mother, who
spoke at the brief ceremony in the
president’s office, Amina is one of
the two surviving children of the
family. Her father died from the trauma of
losing his daughter.
The 19-year-old girl has already been
examined by medical personnel from the
government and nongovernmental
organisations. Trauma experts from UNICEF
have also met with her.
Mr. Buhari said the Federal Government will
assist the Murtala Muhammed Foundation,
which has already been providing support to
families of the missing Chibok girls and which
runs a trauma and counselling centre in
Kano.
They will also be involved in ongoing work
with Amina, monitoring her progress and
highlighting any additional support she
requires, he said.

He assured that his administration would
continue to do all it can to rescue the
remaining Chibok girls who are still in Boko
Haram captivity.
“Amina’s rescue gives us new hope, and
offers a unique opportunity for vital
information” he said.
Gov. Shettima commended the president for
his patience, persistence and doggedness in
ensuring the restoration of peace in the north
east.
He said one year ago nobody could venture
out of Maiduguri beyond 15 kilometres, as it
was on the verge of falling into the hands of
Boko Haram.
He said no local government area in Borno or
in Yobe or Adamawa is under the control of
the insurgent group.