A Boko Haram child’s victim, Ali Ahmadu, has returned to Nigeria following successful surgery on his legs in Dubai.
Ahmadu, who had been n a wheelchair for four years, 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.
Speaking to 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).
‘I want to be a policeman’
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.
When 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.