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We Can’t Reverse Amina’s Past, But We Will Ensure Her Life Takes Different Course – Buhari

Chibok girls 1President Muhammadu Buhari has made it clear that though nothing could be done to reverse the horror which Amina Ali Nkeki, had gone through in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, being one of the over 200 students of the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno state in 2014, but that his government would do everything possible to ensure her life takes a completely different course.

The President, who received her, her baby and parents at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa today 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.”

President Buhari said that the continuation of Amina’s education, so abruptly disrupted, will definitely be a priority of the federal government, adding that she 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.

“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.”

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The President also promised that she would be given the best medical, psychological and emotional care that the Nigerian Government can afford.

Amina, who was one of the over 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents, was rescued on Tuesday after two years in their captivity. She arrived at the presidential villa in complete veil, and escorted by her brother, mother, 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 organizations. Trauma experts from UNICEF have also met with her.

Meanwhile, Governor Shettima commended the President for his patience, persistence and doggedness in ensuring the restoration of peace in the North East.

He that 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 that no local government area in Borno or in Yobe or Adamawa is under the control of the insurgent group now.