Ali Ahmadu, a six year- old victim of the Boko Haram insurgency, six-year-old who was confined to a wheelchair in the last three years, has returned to Nigeria from Dubai after undergoing a corrective surgery.
Ali who is from Chibok Local Government Area in Borno State suffered excruciating pain and a horrific spinal cord injury when attempting to escape from the terrorists with his mother in 2014.
He was brought immobilised and fast deteriorating physically and mentally from that period till the first quarter of 2017 when an NGO, Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care, contacted him.
Thereafter, the young Ali was flown to the United Arab Emirates on September 10, 2017.
After about six hours of extremely delicate surgery and a week in intensive care, followed by a month in recovery, he was able to walk again, unaided.
Speaking to journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, his aunt, Hassanatu Ahmadu explained the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.
She was, however, full of joy that her nephew could walk again.
Ali, on the other hand, was seen walking about very cheerfully as he returned in a much healthier state.