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Bukola Saraki’s contribution helps Ali Ahmadu, six-year old Boko Haram victim, to walk again


Saraki and Ali at the Senate in July.
Ali Ahmadu, walking again

A six-year old Boko Haram victim, Ali Ahmadu is back on his feet again after being flown to Dubai for corrective surgery on his spinal cord.

Recall that Ahmadu, was on a wheelchair for nearly four years, after being run over by Boko Haram terrorists in 2014. However, due to contributions by the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and his colleagues in the Senate, like Senator Dino Melaye, the funds for his surgery were raised through the Dickens Sanomi Foundation.
Speaking on this development, Mr. Igho Sanomi, stated that “Miracles do happen. For those of you who don’t believe in God, better believe in God now.
“This is Ali Ahmadu who was run over by Boko Haram terrorists in 2014. The boy and his pregnant mother were left under a tree for three days. The boy was bleeding from mouth and nose throughout the agonising days.
“Ali’s spinal cord was damaged and he couldn’t walk. For three years, help was needed. God made it possible after five to six hours of surgery and 48 hours in intensive care. Little Ali can walk again. This happened today to everyone’s surprise.
“It seemed unachievable but thanks to all our efforts. We have cause to rejoice. This is to say a big thank you from Ali’s family and GIPLC. Most especially our best regards goes to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his colleagues who set the ball rolling towards raising funds and awareness for the surgery,” Mr. Sanomi said.
Ali is currently back in Nigeria (see picture of him smiling and walking on his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja).

After being on a wheelchair for four years, Ali Ahmadu returned to Nigeria following successful surgery on his legs in Dubai.

The boy, who was wheeled onto the plane three months ago, disembarked from an Ethiopian Airline plane at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, at 12:22 p.m., without assistance.

Ali, who was dressed in a grey blazer, white shirt and blue jeans, was all smiles as he disembarked from the plane.

He returned to Nigeria to the warm embrace of a tumultuous crowd at the airport.

Overwhelmed with joy, Ali thrilled the crowd with brisk walks at the Abuja airport. It was hectic controlling the crowds who trooped out to catch a glimpse of the boy.

When he was approached by journalists at the arrival area of the airport, he simply said “I am fine.”

When asked in Hausa about his experience in Dubai, he said “lafiya lao” (Fine, thank you).

To really prove that he was fine, Ali lifted his legs in a marching order.

He arrived in the country with his aunt, Hannatu Madu; the Coordinator of Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC), Nuhu Kwajafa and representatives of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation.

Journalists seized the moment to ask him about his ambition, he said in Hausa, “I am fine, I want to be a policeman, I want to save people from harm.”

But while the boy savoured the moment with many taking photographs with him at the airport, the Taleveras Foundation, announced a scholarship, up to the university level, for him.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation, who is also the Chairman of Taleveras, Mr. Igho Sanomi, said: “About three months ago, we all witnessed, at the same airport, Ali Ahmadu being taken away on a wheelchair, today to the Glory of God we are here to receive Ali Ahmadu, walking handsomely into our arms.

“What started as a painful journey for Little Ali, after the Boko Haram attack in Chibok four years ago that confined him to a wheelchair, has transformed into a journey of hope, love and care.

“Dickens Sanomi Foundation is backed by the principles of love and care, that were practiced and preached by the Late Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Dickens Sanomi. Today we demonstrate these principles by being our neighbour’s keeper and teaching love by showing it.”

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