Chris Steven, Abuja
Following a purported inauguration and Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Chibok Girls Endowment Project” in Abuja on Monday organised by Peace Corps of Nigeria” and “Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative”, with Hadiza Buhari-Bello, the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) has distanced from the Memorandum of Understanding signed at the event.
This is coming less than a week that 21 of the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls were released by the terrorists group.
The BBOG movement in a statement issued by Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili said it was shocked, perplexed and completely dumbfounded to see the bold inscription of its hard-earned name, #BringBackOurGirls, on the event’s backdrop.
While noting that it was not a party to the said event and has no information of its origin, it urger the general public to disregard attempts at linking the movement to what it described as “this highly suspicious event”.
“Following repeated enquiries from the media, we stumbled upon information of an event tagged “Official Inauguration and Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Chibok Girls Endowment Project” organised by the “Peace Corps of Nigeria” and “Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative”, with Hadiza Buhari-Bello.
We are shocked, perplexed and completely dumbfounded to see the bold inscription of our hard-earned name, #BringBackOurGirls, on the event’s backdrop. We state categorically that we are not party to the said event and have absolutely no information of its origin. We urge the general public to disregard attempts at linking our movement to this highly suspicious event” it said
The movement also lamented that after 902 days of painstaking advocacy, it was disheartening and unfortunate to suddenly see attempts, by external actors, to use it for selfish purposes.
“We have carefully built our reputation as a well-organized and disciplined global movement that is completely self-funded.
The deliberate decision, to remain funded by sacrificial contributions of members for our very negligible needs, is the reason we are solely a Citizens’ Movement, and not an NGO. It will be highly injurious to allow it be dragged in the mud at this point. We therefore demand an immediate retraction and unreserved apology from the organizers.
Together with our lawyers, Femi Falana & Co., we are considering a response to this attempt to smear our movement. We call on the general public and law enforcement agencies to be on the look-out for unscrupulous persons who may already be/are planning similar nefarious acts to deceive the local and international community.” It said