Boko Haram: Wounded Chibok Boy To Undergo Surgery In Dubai


Ali Ahmadu, a six-year-old boy from Chibok village in Borno state, who was left paralysed by Boko Haram insurgents three years ago is set to undergo corrective spinal cord surgery abroad.

In April 2014, Ahmadu sustained a spinal cord injury after he was overrun by the insurgents’ motorcycles when they ransacked Chibok community barely a few days after abducting the 276 school girls.

But on August 18, 2017, the young boy’s hope was rekindled after the Dickens Sanomi Foundation (DSF) offered to pay the entire $48,000 (about N17.5million) medical bill required to help him travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for an appointment at a medical facility specialising in corrective spinal cord surgery operations .

That promise was made when Ali, accompanied by Nuhu Kwajafa, the coordinator of a humanitarian group, Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care, GIPLC, an NGO spearheading the campaign for his medical aid, visited the Chairman of the Foundation, Igho Sanomi, along with other Trustee members to solicit their assistance.

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On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the DSF made good its promise, as Ali, left Nigeria for Dubai, UAE to receive the treatment, after the Foundation paid the full medical bill of $48,000 (about N17.5 million) for the surgery.

He was accompanied on the trip by the GIPLC Coordinator, Nuhu Kwajafa. The Foundation, which bankrolled the medical trip, said Ali is expected back in the country in three months.

Chibok boy

Ali arrived at the departure lounge of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Sunday, September 10, 2017, drawing sympathy from many passengers who prayed endlessly for him and the Founder of Dickens Sanomi Foundation, Mr. Igho Sanomi who owns Taleveras Group.

The foundation bankrolled the medical bill after an appeal by a humanitarian group, the Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC) which was raising funds for Ali’s corrective surgery.

Speaking before their departure, the GIPLC Coordinator, Mr. Kawajafa told newsmen in Abuja that after the incident, Ali was kept under a tree for over three days and had never been given any form of medication.

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“Since his mother was able to remove him from under the tree to the house in Chibok, Ali has remained bedridden as a result of his spinal cord injury,” he said.

According to Kawajafa, the group brought him to Abuja and began to mobilise for his treatment when someone called from Chibok and narrated his pathetic condition to them.

“We moved into action immediately to raise the $65,000 required for the surgery in Dubai.

“Fortunately for us after meeting some Nigerians for assistance, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and some Nigerian lawmakers, we approached the Dickens Sanomi Foundation which has graciously made available the balance of $48,000 needed for the surgery.

“Today, the 10th day of September 2017, marks a very important day in the life of Ali, as we arrive the Nnamdi Azikwe International Abuja Airport, for our flight to Dubai.

“This trip triggers the beginning of young Ali Ahmadu’s medical journey to The United Arab Emirates for a corrective surgery so he can walk again and live a normal life as expected for a six year old.

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“It’s been about four months since GIPLC made contact with him, and by the grace of God via the altruistic nature of Igho Charles Sanomi, Chairman of Dickens Sanomi Foundation and its Board of Trustees, the expedition to recovery is now clear and present.

“The travails of young Ali, a six year old boy from Borno State and survivor of the brutality of Boko Haram, in Chibok community, is a compelling revelation of the Nigerian benevolent spirit.

“As a result of the exposure and support by the leadership of the National Assembly, Dickens Sanomi Foundation, and our brothers and sisters of goodwill, GIPLC will continue to ensure that children like Ali stand a better chance of survival, growth and development. On this day, Ali steps beyond the horizon of hope, to a life of endless possibilities.”

A member board of trustees of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation, Hayi Goodluck said the foundation would not only cater for him in Dubai but will also take up his education upon his return.

According to Goodluck this will enable the young boy stabilise and help him to live and actualise his dream as a man created by God.

GIPLC, a non-governmental, non-faith-based, not-for-profit, charity organisation, was founded in 2006 to cater for orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria. The group provides food, medical assistance and learning materials for victims’ development.

The Dickens Sanomi Foundation was established in 2011 by the children of Dickens Sanomi, to commemorate his remarkable life through the provision of charitable support to needy Nigeria’s youth, on whom he placed great value in his lifetime.

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The DSF resources are used to deliver and support charitable projects whose aims and activities were in accord with its objective. The Foundation has been sponsoring essay competitions, musical outreach programmes and literacy awareness campaigns as a way of promoting education of youth in the country.