Editor’s note: The conspiracy theory that the rescue of
Miss Amina Ali, one of the Chibok School girls abducted by
Boko Haram terrorists on 14th April 2014 is a scam by the
Mumammadu Buhari administration to garner popularity
has been making the rounds.
However, Kess Ewubare, a Senior Associate Editor
at Naij.com explains why it will be irresponsible for anyone
to hold such myopic view.
Amina Ali, the first Chibok girl to be rescued since
the school girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in
The release of one of the Chibok school girls kidnapped by
Boko Haram in 2014 has generated more controversy than
jubilation, following the barrage of inconsistent information
that trailed the release of the hapless young lady.
According to a statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka
Usman, the army spokesperson, the rescue of the Chibok
girl, occurred on Tuesday, May 18.
The statement detailing how the girl was released stated
that: “In continuation of Operation CRACKDOWN, troops of
25 Brigade Damboa in conjunction with Civilian JTF
deployed in one of the blocking positions at Baale, near
Damboa rescued one Miss Amina Ali and a suspected Boko
Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be
“Both were brought to Headquarters 25 Task Force Brigade
Damboa at about 2.30pm today. Preliminary investigation
shows that she is indeed one of the abducted Chibok School
girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 14th April 2014
in Chibok and her name is Amina Ali as against Falmata
Mbalala that was earlier stated.
“In addition, she is a nursing mother with a 4 month old
baby girl who was named Safiya. Both the suspected Boko
Haram terrorist and the nursing mother have been taken to
Maiduguri for further medical attention and screening.”
Subsequent information by the military authorities stated
that the rescued girl and her baby were handed over to
Governor Kashim Shetima of Borno state, while her
supposed husband was undergoing further investigation at
the military joint intelligence centre.
Then, after President Muhammadu Buhari received at the
presidential villa, Abuja, the rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali,
alongside her family, there was disinformation in the media
that the president had also received the suspected Boko
Haram member claiming to be the husband of the girl. It
was reported that Buhari referred to the so called husband
as her brother, thereby sparking a backlash from Nigerians
who saw the rescue of the girl as a hoax.