We have nothing to do with Chibok parents’ failure to meet with Jonathan, says #BringBackOurGirls group




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ABUJA (SundiataPOST) – #BringBackOurGirls group has denied having any hand in inability of 12 Chibok and five Chibok school girls who escaped from Boko Haram to meet with Jonathan yesterday in Abuja.
In a statement made available to SundiataPOST, organisation decried what it called escalating campaign of calumny against group.

statement reads: “In last 24hours, #BringBackOurGirls Abuja family has observed with consternation the escalation of the pattern of the campaign of calumny by Government officials on our Citizens movement advocating for the rescue of the 219 school girls of abducted from Secondary School, 93 days ago. The latest in this trend is emanating from the visit facilitated for the 11 and five escaped girls who were visiting Abuja to interact with girl-child advocate Malala Yousafzai.
“During the public speech by Ms. Malala she declared she had received a promise by Jonathan to meet with the 11 and five girls. The movement aware and neither it part of the discussion of the said visit to our .
“However, at the BBOG daily sit out, our movement informed by the Chairman, Abuja Chibok community of the outcome of a meeting held with officials of the in Malala’s suite (immediately after her speech). “He conveyed they were informed at meeting of a the scheduling of the visit to the President for the eleven parents and five girls at 4.00pm on Tuesday 15th July 2014.[eap_ad_2]
“Although some members of the movement were surprised at the sudden invitation to meet with the President, our leadership concluded session by emphasizing it the absolute right of the Chibok community to decide on the matter. It is instructive to note that majority of those at the Fountain on that day were visiting from the Chibok community and were mostly the ones who vehemently expressed dismay at the from the Chairman. He then clarified on the manner the invitation conveyed to him and the parents at that meeting and reassured his community that he would schedule an emergency meeting to discuss the matter further.
“On Tuesday 15th July 2014, the leadership of our movement were invited to a meeting by the Chibok Chairman and the leadership of association with the eleven parents in attendance. At the meeting they conveyed to us unanimous decision to request for a rescheduling of the Malala facilitated meeting with the President. They further informed us of intention to reach out to the Malala team and officials of the to request for an expanded meeting within a sufficient time frame for necessary planning with the rest of community in Chibok.
“We want to repeat for the avoidance of doubt that we are responsbile for the cancellation of the meeting with the President by the 11 Parents and 5 escaped girls from Chibok as been insinuated by some Government officials

“As a movement, we wish to seize this opportunity to express our gratitude to Malala who helped amplify the advocacy for concerted efforts towards the rescue of our girls.
Meanwhile, it is pertinent to firmly that since the inception of our movement in April 2014, we have remained steadfast and adopted all means and channels of civil engagement in the advocacy of our singular issue, which is #BringBackOurGirls NOW and ALIVE
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Signed
 
Hadiza Bala Usman & Obiageli Ezekwesili