Why we did not meet with Jonathan – Chibok parents




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Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Associataion (KADA) has explained why Chibok could not keep an appointment with President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday.
In a statement made available to SundiataPOST by Rotimi Olawale, officer of #BringBackOurGirls group, Chibok Area Association exonerated #BringBackOurGirls group from any blame in the failed with Jonathan.

The statement reads: We the members of the Kibaku (Chibok) Community and representatives of the 12 fathers and 5 escaped girls who were hosted by Malala during her visit to hereby speak on their behalf to offer to the facts as they are and to put the records straight and correct the erroneous impression making rounds in the media on the botched with :
 
1. The logistics and between the twelve (12) fathers and five (5) girls and Malala was facilitated by the Abuja Chibok Community and the Citizens of BringBackOurGirls with our consent and on TRUST considering their sustained and focused advocacy to Bring Back our daughters.
 
2. These and escaped girls did not come to Abuja at the instance of government or its representatives for a meeting with Mr. President but on the full understanding that they were coming to meet with Malala; an advocate of girl child education and most importantly one who has suffered a similar fate as their daughters’. 
 
3. That in the course of the interactions with Malala, NEITHER the nor the escaped girls asked for a meeting with or any government functionary, rather the narrative back was to persistently ask why has not visited them in Chibok since the abduction.
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4. is obvious that their numbers of 12 fathers and 5 girls is about 2% of the parents of the 219 abducted girls with their abductors and the 57 girls that escaped. Therefore, these parents DECIDED on their own accord to review the announced visit, which they FIRST heard of like every other person during Malala speech in Hilton.
 
5. That consequent to their decision to revert to other in order to incorporate every stakeholder on the matter as well as avoid discord and suspicion on a change of plans from the original mission to Abuja, they reached out to the Malala team and through them to the Presidency; to requeuest for a new date for an expanded and representative meeting that has a legitimate mandate to meet with the President.
 
6. That their request is also in recognition of the huge opportunity of a meeting with the President for the first time and after over 90 days of the tragic abduction of their daughters, and therefore required better consultations, structure and formality as against an instant advocacy request.
 
7. That is totally misleading, unjust and without foundation to hold the Citizens’ BringBackOurGirls responsible for the decision made by the 12 parents and our community. We therefore take full responsibility for our decision and welcome the formal invitation by the Presidency as a follow up to Malala’s visit which we received this morning.

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