Nigerian government now under pressure to rescue more girls

Amina Ali Nkeki, rescued this week, is one of 219 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in two years ago.

This handout picture taken in Damboa and released by the Nigerian army on 18 May, 2016 shows Amina Ali posing with her 4-month old baby Safiya, one of 219 girls abducted from their school in Chibok more than two years ago, after she was released by Nigeria's army. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Nigerian government is now under pressure to free more girls after the rescue of one of the 219 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in the north of the country two years ago.

Amina Ali Nkeki, who was rescued on Tuesday, has been quoted as saying that the remaining girls are well secured and protected to stop the army from rescuing them.

A member of the Chibok community, Nkeki Mutah, has told Eyewitness News that there will be more revelations from the girl in the days to come.

Mutah says now is the time for the international community to act.

"Most importantly, I am happy because so many things that are hidden about this abduction will be revealed."

The 19-year-old, now a breastfeeding mother of a four-month-old baby, was rescued in Kulakaisa village at the fringes of Sambisa forest, by a Chibok vigilante group, popularly known as the Civilian Joint Task Force.

Hosea Abana, chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, told Eyewitness News that Nkeki was taken to Chibok, where she was identified by her parents and also revealed that six of her fellow students were dead.

The rescued schoolgirl will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari today amid hopes that she can help shed light on the whereabouts of more than 200 other missing girls.

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the girl is currently in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, but will be brought to the national capital Abuja to meet Buhari.

Boko Haram captured 276 girls from a school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014, as part of a seven-year-old insurgency to set up an Islamic State in the north, which has killed some 15,000 people and displaced more than 2 million.

Some girls escaped in the melee but parents of the remaining missing girls accused former President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's then leader, of not doing enough to find their daughters whose disappearance sparked the global campaign #BringBackOurGirls.

Jonathan lost office in an election in March 2015.