Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the rescued Chibok schoolgirl, Amina Ali Nkeki will “receive the best care that the Nigerian government can afford” to enable her fully reintegrate into society.
The president made the pledge when he met with Amina and her family at the state house in Abuja on Thursday.
The moment the President met Amina and her baby. pic.twitter.com/FY0Uhosw2l— President Buhari (@NGRPresident) May 19, 2016
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.
“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” Buhari said.
He however added that “my feelings were tinged with deep sadness at the horrors the young girl has had to go through at such as early stage in 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,” the president added.
PMB—“We will ensure that she gets the best medical, psychological, emotional and whatever other care she requires to make a full recovery.”— President Buhari (@NGRPresident) May 19, 2016
Amina Ali Nkeki is the first of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram to have been rescued.
She was rescued by the Nigerian military and a vigilante group in the Sambisa forest, a known hideout for the Islamist militant group Boko Haram with a 4-month-old baby.
A suspected Boko Haram militant, Mohammed Hayatu, who was with Nkeki when she was rescued and claimed to be her husband was arrested, the military said.
After two years in captivity, reintegration will be the next step for Amina who was taken through medical checks by the military at a hospital in Maiduguri.
President Buhari said “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 indicated that trauma experts from UNICEF have met with Amina’s mother, a widow who lost all her 13 children but Amina and her brother Inua.
The Murtala Muhammed Foundation which currently provides support to families of the missing Chibok girls and runs a trauma center in Kano, according to the president, will with support from the government, be involved in the reintegration process of Amina.
“The continuation of Amina’s education, so abruptly disrupted, will definitely be a priority of the federal government” Buhari said adding that “Amina must be enabled to go back to school. No girl should be put through the brutality of forced marriage, Every girl has the right to an education and a life choice.”
President Buhari has meanwhile “assured that this administration will 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.”