Ali Ahmadu, a six-year-old boy from Chibok, in Borno state, who was paralysed by Boko Haram three years ago, has a chance to be on his feet again.
Ahmadu was reportedly run over by the motor cycle of the terrorist sect during a night raid in Chibok, the town where 275 schoolgirls were kidnapped the same year.
Dickens Sanomi Foundation, a charity group based in Abuja, has offered to pay Ahmadu’s medical bill for a corrective spinal surgery.
According to a statement by the foundation, surgery which will cost $48,000 (N14,640,000.00), will take place at a medical facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“As a father, it is very touching to see a young boy like this suffer. It is sad what some of our kids have to go through. This is an opportunity for us to show our love to those who need it,” said Igho Sanomi, chairman of the foundation.
“Although, education remains the key focus of the foundation, kids have to be healthy before they can attend school.
“On behalf of the board of trustees of Dickens Sanomi Foundation, we will take care of Ali, this will include paying the hospital bill and we will visit him in the hospital after the surgery.”
Nuhu Kwajafa, the coordinator of Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC), a non-governmental organisation spearheading the campaign for the medical aid of the young victim, said the total requirement needed for the complete treatment was put at $60,000.00 (N18,300,00.00), including feeding, accommodation for three months.
Kwajafa expressed his thanks and appreciation to the national assembly and all well meaning Nigerians for their support and contribution, thus far.
The Dickens Sanomi Foundation was founded in 2011 by the children of Dickens Oghenereumu Patrick Sanomi.