December 5, 2017

Chibok boy maimed by Boko Haram walks again

Chibok boy maimed by Boko Haram walks again

File: Boko Haram

By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor & Favour Nnabugwu

Ali Ahmadu, the six-year-old boy whose spinal cord was damaged by Boko Haram members, yesterday, returned to the waiting arms of excited family members and well-wishers in Nigeria after a successful corrective spinal cord surgery in the United Arab Emirates.

The boy, who had been on a wheelchair for the past four years, walked freely to the admiration of the huge crowd, which welcomed him at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Boko Haram member

Full of smiles, Ali moved about freely amid hugging and handshake with many people.

He had arrived with his aunt, Hannatu Madu, the Coordinator of Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care, GIPLC, Nuhu Kwajafa, and representatives of Dickens Sanomi Foundation, which sponsored his treatment.

He stunned the crowd when he said his main aspiration was to be a policeman in order “to save people from harm.”

Meanwhile, Taleveras Foundation has said Ali will enjoy scholarship from primary school up to the university level.

The Chairman of Dickens Sanomi Foundation, Mr. Igho Sanomi, who is also the owner of Taleveras Group, said: “About three months ago, we all witnessed at this same airport Ali Ahmadu being taken away on a wheelchair. Today (yesterday), we are here to receive Ali Ahmadu, walking handsomely into our arms.”

On his part, the Coordinator of GIPLC, Mr. Kwajafa, said: “About four years ago, in a small village at Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, a toddler named Ali Ahmadu Chibok fell victim to one of Boko Haram’s murderous invasions.

“That fateful night, he suffered excruciating pains all over his body, brought upon him by the senseless marauders.

“They crushed everything in their path, severely damaging his still-forming vertebral column in the process, but the hand of God preserved Ali, so we may give glory to His name.”