Boko Haram: N19m Struggle To Save Ali
Ali Ahmadu Chibok, six, is a metaphor for the atrocities Boko Haram terrorists represent. At three, the terrorists ran him over with a motorcycle, damaging his spine and confining him to a wheel chair. Today, he requires N19 million for surgery, therapy and rehabilitation in the United Arab Emirates
BY AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE
ne week after 276 school girls were abducted from their Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, infant Ali Ahmadu Chibok, then three, became another victim in the inexhaustible list of Nigerians that have fallen to the jaws of Boko Haram terrorists that dominate the North-eastern part of the country.
Three years old Ali Chibok could hardly comprehend the events around him, and could only cry from his pains and the way and manner his parents were fleeing from the attacks of the insurgents in his Chibok home.
Since the sad event that happened in Chibok in 2014, Ali’s life has never been the same, following his spine injury.
While in a bid to save Ali from the raving war machines of Boko Haram, his mother, told our correspondent that she suffered a miscarriage. This is in addition to losing her entire family belongings in the attacks.
Since then, Ali has been growing, but unable to walk and play like his peers in Chibok, yet his condition has denied him access to education.
Ali requires N19 million for surgery, therapy and rehabilitation in the United Arab Emirates, but his parents are poor and cannot afford the cost of the treatment. For this reason, he was left in the hands of traditional healers, and although not equipped to handle a complicated case as that of Ali, they have done their best to keep him alive.
But luck came the way of the Chibok child when a not for profit organisation, Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC) took its campaign of love and care to Ali’s door in Chibok.
The organisation then facilitated the movement of the boy from one point to another in the quest for medical attention. The organisation said he has since been examined at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), from where he received diagnostic and scan reports, which has been promptly forwarded to a specialist hospital in the United Arab Emirates.
The report from the UAE hospital left many of Ali’s handlers gasping as the medical bill of 50, 000 dollars (N19 million) was way out of the reach of the impoverished Ali’s parents. The GIPLC had no better choice than to call on Nigerians for support in raising the funds to get Ali back to his feet.
Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC) is intervening innAli’s case because it says the boy deserves a chance to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Nuhu Kwajafa, founder of GIPLC, while addressing guests at a recent fund-raising event in Abuja, said there are millions of children like Ali struggling with the challenges of terrorism in Nigeria.
He stressed that the wish of his organisation was to see Ali in 15 years’ time, come out to say “I am a survivor,” and pleaded with Nigerians to be “Nigerian’s 4 Nigeria” in donating for Ali’s treatment and to get him to live a normal life.
“Our purpose is to give to the needy, we wanted to participate in touching lives everywhere in the world. We have been able to raise over $5 million in 11 years for the needy,” Kwajafa said.
Kwajafa also stated that GIPLC has been into South Sudan for 10 days and has donated N18 million to the need in that country. He further stated that in this year alone, GIPLC raised over N180 million for the sick,
Guest speaker at the occasion, Senator Dino Melaye, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) after making a personal donation of N1 million and N100, 000 from a friend, urged Nigerians to be their brother’s keeper.
Melaye did not waste time in stating his mind on the state of affairs of the country. He lampooned the situation in Nigeria where individuals are made lords instead of institutions. “We live in a wicked society where we build strong men instead of a strong institution. If our health institutions are better, we will not need to fly Ali to Dubai or London.”
He reminded Nigerians that when they donate to APC or PDP, there is no reward for them in heaven but only on earth, but to the needy like Ali, there is a great reward in heaven.
Melaye noted that Ali was not responsible for Boko Haram crisis in the country and should not be left to suffer the pains of a crisis he knew nothing about.
He also reminded the rich in the country that they are only wealthy when they touch lives in the nation, promising to take Ali to the Senate to drum up the fund raising chorus to the ears of his colleagues at the National Assembly.
Few days later, the Kogi West Senator fulfilled his promise by taking the Chibok infant to the National Assembly where he met the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.
After the meeting with members of the National Assembly, GIPLC founder told our correspondent that the Senate President assured Ali that the legislature will work hard to raise the needed funds for his treatment.
If all that transpired at the National Assembly is something to hold onto, Ali is likely to depart Nigeria in few days time for Dubai for surgery, therapy and rehabilitation that will last for three months.