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EMOTIONAL: Senator Dino Melaye chairs fundraising for 6-year-old Boko Haram victim, Ali Chibok

*Chibok chronicle incomplete without Ali’s story…

The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, on Friday chaired the fundraising occasion for six-year-old boy, Ali Ahmadu Chibok, who was inflicted with spinal cord injury on the night Boko Haram kidnapped Chibok girls.

The fundraising ceremony which held at Merit House in Abuja was necessitated by the urgent need for proper medical attention at a specialist hospital in Dubai – UAE estimated at $50,000 (N19m).

Ali is a victim of Boko Haram brutality with a spinal cord injury inflicted by the terrorist group on the night the Chibok girls were kidnapped when he was only three years old.

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The fundraiser which was organised by the Global Initiative for Peace, Love & Care (GIPLC) tagged “Nigerian’s 4 Nigeria” attracted high profile personalities with an appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the suffering boy who was overrun on the spine with a motorcycle by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok village.

The Coordinator of GIPLC, Mr. Nuhu Kwajafa, in an interview with OAK TV, noted that Ali was three years old when the incident happened same day when the terrorists that abducted over 200 Chibok schoolgirls struck.

According to Kwajafa, over $50,000(N19million) would be needed for the spine corrective surgery.

He said that since 2014 “the then three years old has been denied access to education, amongst other things and fundamentally, he has not been able to walk properly, or move without aid or examined by a medic, even at primary health care level”.

For the first time since this unfortunate incident, he said GIPLC has facilitated his movement in the quest for proper medical attention and he has been examined at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and results of his diagnostic & scan reports, received have been promptly forwarded to a specialist hospital in the UAE by GIPLC.

“He was 3 years old then. Boko Haram terrorist ran him over [on his back] with a motorcycle. His Mum saved him but lost a pregnancy in the process. Since then, he has been denied access to education, among other things and fundamentally, he has not been able to walk properly, or move without aid nor been examined by a medic, even at primary health care level. For the first time since this unfortunate incident, GIPLC has facilitated his movement from point A to B in the quest for proper medical attention. He has since been examined at the university of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), from where we have received diagnostic & scan reports which we have promptly forwarded to a specialist hospital in the United Arab Emirate (UAE). It was also discovered there that he sustained injuries on his spine but he can move his legs and can’t walk. He needs $50,000 (N19m) for his 3 months stay in the country and his family is poor.”

On how the funds would be raised for Ali’s surgery, Kwajafa disclosed that the organisation got in touch with Senator Dino Melaye who has promised to show support and speak to other senators to help the little boy.

Senator Dino Melaye commended the The Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care for their passion to assist the little boy as he called on other bodies and individuals to join hands and ensure Ali deserves a second chance at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The Global Initiative for Peace Love & Care [GIPLC], is a non-governmental, non-faith based, non-partisan, not for profit organization, based in Nigeria, with headquarters in Abuja.

In the past 11 years, the organization has worked relentlessly to improve and expand access to health care, education, water and environmental sanitation and protection, for extremely vulnerable children, especially those of single digit age 0-9 years

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