Boko Haram seized 276 students from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok on the night of April 14, 2014. Fifty-seven managed to escape in the immediate aftermath. One of the 219 Chibok girls, Amina Ali Nkeki, was found two days ago in Borno state by hunters on the frontiers of Sambissa forest.
She was flown to the capital with her mother who was carrying her four-month baby. She met with President Buhari behind closed doors in a meeting that lasted an hour. However, Al Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege, reporting from Abuja, said it was not clear whether Amina was able to say anything to Buhari.
“The president’s office has not really explained what the purpose of the encounter was and what it might achieve. But people understand that it was important for Buhari to meet this young girl given the fact that he promised to find the Chibok girls if he was elected to power.”
Amina already has provided valuable information, revealing that some of the Chibok girls have died in captivity and the others continue to be held hostage, according to Idriss Danladi, the family doctor.
Aid workers, however, said Amina should be getting medical care instead of making public appearances. Francisca Vigaud-Walsh, women and girls’ advocate at Refugees International, told the Associated Press news agency, saying her case should not be politicised. She described Governor Kashim Shettima’s decision to turn her to Buhari “to present to the nation” as an ‘outrage’.
“This is the time for her to be given access to clinical management of rape services and sustained psychological assistance to assist her with her trauma from both being in captivity for two years and the dramatic change she is now undergoing.”
It is understood that if Boko Haram tries to move large groups of girls because of her escape, those movements can be captured by satellite and air reconnaissance.