Members of the Chibok community have lambasted the government and media over the inhumane treatment given to Amina Nkeki, who was kidnapped in 2014 and found on Tuesday, May 17.
In a chat with pressmen yesterday, representatives of the Chibok community decried the description of one of the Boko Haram susects, Mohammed Hayatu, who was apprehended alongside Amina, as her husband.
The Chairman of Chibok community in Abuja, Tsambido Hosea declaared that Hayatu should be described as Amina’s exploiter instead of husband.
“We condemn, in strong terms, the calling of Mohammad Hayyatu as Boko Haram husband of our daughter,” he said.
“Upon confirmation by the Nigerian Military, he should be referred to as a “Boko Haram sexual exploiter.
“Amina had no husband and who ever that was rescued with her should not be referred to as her husband for any reason,” Hosea fumed.
He also noted that Amina should be treated as an individual different from Hayatu, “They should be treated separately until Amina is fully rehabilitated.
“Even if he is also abducted and forced to marry her, he should not be referred to in any way as her husband, because there was never consent in getting her with a baby,” Hosea said.
Hosea, speaking at a meeting set up by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Group, called on the government to investigate Hayatu’s role with Boko Haram and his relationship with Amina.
“We are strongly calling on government to set up a team of expert investigators to investigate Mohammad Hayatu’s involvement into Boko Haram that led him to be the sexual exploiter of our daughter Amina so as to allow the law to take its proper course,” he said, “He should be treated based on what investigations will reveal not to conclude from start that he was also abducted,” he stated.
He also urged the government to follow the verification, authentication and reintegration system championed by BBOG to restore Amina and her family.
“We therefore refer government and its agencies to the Verification, Authentication and Reintegration System that BBOG designed with the participation of our community,” he said.
Meanwhile, on behalf of BBOG, one of its leaders Aisha Yesufu has lambasted the way Amina was photographed with “tattered looking rice, and side by side with Hayyatu” tagging it as inconsiderate.
She asked the government to make public all everything relating to the discovery of Amina.
“All stakeholders; that is Parents, Chibok Community (KADA), BBOG, among others should be involved in any process of discussing and relevant actions relating to Amina and her colleagues that we are expecting their rescue soonest for purpose of transparency and confidence building.
“We are insisting Amina Ali’s mother, as well as her guardian and the Parents’ Association Chairman, Yakubu Nkeki, be made part of decision making concerning her well-being.”