Military taking our credit for the rescue – Vigilante Group
Rescued Chibok schoolgirl, Amina Ali-Nkeki was received in audience by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa yesterday.
Led by Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, alongside her mother, the National Security Adviser, NSA, and the presidential adviser on Social Matters, Maryam Uwias, the girl, with her child, was quickly taken to the president’s office by his chief of staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari, for a closed-door interaction with the president at about 2.46pm.
At the meeting, President Buhari promised that the federal government would be responsible for the education and upkeep of Amina for the rest of her life.
The president said that every girl had the right to education and should not be denied access to such, and further said that her rescue had revived hope in finding other girls abducted with her by the Boko Haram insurgents.
President Buhari also assured that the federal government would do everything possible to ensure that the rest of Amina’s life takes a completely different course and promised to give the rescued girl the best medical, psychological and emotional care, amongst other things she requires to be fully reintegrated into the society.
The president decried a situation where Amina’s education was so abruptly truncated by the Boko Haram, promising to make her education a priority of the federal government.
Aminia, who was carrying her baby in her arms, was shielded from talking to journalists, and her face covered with hijab to prevent her from public view, as she was led to the president’s office.
It was gathered that only CNN, Aljazeera, VOA, Reuters and other foreign cameramen and reporters were allowed to accompany the girl and the delegation to the president’s office.
Some local media State House correspondents, including NTA, Channels and AIT, were also allowed while no print reporter was admitted.
19-year-old Amina was found with her baby by the Civilian JTF on Tuesday, May 17, in the Sambisa forest, the notorious hideout of the Boko Haram sect.
She was one of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from a secondary school in the town of Chibok two years ago.
However, the girl said that six of her colleagues had died while others were still being kept in Sambisa forest under hard conditions.
The rescued girl’s supposed husband, Mohammed Hayatu, has confessed that hunger and ill health made him to surrender to the Civilian JTF members.
He confessed when arrested that he was abducted some years ago and forced to join the dreaded Boko Haram.
Hayatu, said to be one of Boko Haram commanders also known as “Amir,” reportedly surrendered himself, his wife and their baby to the vigilantes due to lack of food and poor health care.
According to military sources in Damboa, who also accompanied Amina to Maiduguri, Hayatu said his family would have starved to death because their food supply routes had been blocked by intensive military operations.
Emotions were high on Wednesday, May 18, when report surfaced that one of the abducted Chibok girls had been found.
She was said to have been recognised by one of the vigilante members who spoke their dialect to her and she responded.
Ali Gwoza and Apagu Chibok are some of the vigilante members who identified her.
However, latest report has it that the rescued girl with a four-month old baby is pregnant again.
Amina is said to be the first and only girl to be rescued out of the 219 school girls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014.
57 of the girls managed to escape from the insurgents at various times in 2014 and since then no one has sighted them.
The Nigerian Army on Wednesday in a statement confirmed the rescue of Ali-Nkeki.
The statement issued by acting spokesman of the army, Col. Sani Usman, said that the girl was among other persons rescued by troops at Baale community near Damboa in Borno.
Meanwhile, Commandant General of Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN, Alhaji Usman Mohammed Jahun, yesterday said that men of the group were responsible for the rescue of the Chibok girl, and wondered why the military was taking all the credit without making reference to VGN.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Alhaji Jahun recalled that four of his men who were on patrol in Bale village in Born State rescued the girl with her baby.
He therefore stressed the need for the military to accord the VGN the necessary recognition on the issue, assuring that the group was ever ready to support security agencies in the discharge of their duties.
Also, the commandant reiterated the resolve of VGN to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration with a view to achieving his objectives in the area of security.