Burson Marsteller, the Public Relations firm the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) hired has said that the party is indeed a co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, the PR giant confirmed over the weekend. The #BringBackOurGirls, a group initiated by former Vice President of the World Bank, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala Usman, has been pressing the federal government to do more to free the over 230 schoolgirls forcefully abducted by the Boko Haram militant group in Chibok, Borno State, about three months ago.
According to reports from The Will Nigeria, Burson-Marsteller also confirmed that it was also hired by the APC, which is presently battling allegations that its leaders are sympathetic to the Boko Haram, to arrange a single meeting with unidentified persons in the Obama administration in Washington D.C.
“The firm was originally approached to support a one-off visit to Washington, D.C. by the co-founder of the ‘Bring Back Your [sic] Girls’ campaign and other APC officials. But the visit was called off,” a spokeswoman from Burson-Marsteller wrote in an email.
“We are in the process of de-registering with FARA [the Foreign Agents Registration Act],” the PR firm said according to the newspaper. It was also learnt that the APC paid the PR firm $100,000 for the botched meeting.