Rescued girl ‘not from Chibok’
As Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the 276 girls abducted in 2014 from a school in Chibok, who was found in northeastern Nigeria after apparently escaping from fundamentalist group Boko Haram, news of yet another escapee surfaced.
However, Serah Luka, who was rescued by Nigerian troops from Boko Haram, did not appear to be one of the Chibok girls, said Bukky Shonibare of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
She was one of 97 women and children who were freed during an operation on Thursday, according to Colonel Sani Usman. At least 35 Boko Haram fighters were killed during the rescue.
“The same way we rejoice over the return of the Chibok girl, so also is our joy over this one,” Shonibare said.
Brigadier General Abubakar Rabe said: “We shouldn’t focus on whether she is one of the Chibok girls or not. The important thing is that we are pursuing Boko Haram and rescuing human beings on a daily basis. We should be allowed to concentrate on rescuing people [other than the Chibok girls] in our operations.”
During his meeting with Nkeki and her fourmonth-old daughter in Abuja, Buhari said: “Although we cannot do anything to reverse the horrors of her past, federal government can and will do everything possible to ensure that the rest of her life takes a completely different course.”
– Staff reporter
FREE Amina Ali Nkeki and her child meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Thursday