Audu Ogbeh Apologises to #BringBackOurGirls Movement Over Statement Linking Group to APC
A chieftain of the the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Audu Ogbeh has apologised to the BringBackOurGirls Movement over his recent statement linking the group to the party.
In a letter personally signed by him, Chief Ogbeh said his statement was not intended at painting the group as a sub-group of the APC.
Chief Ogbeh had during the formal declaration of the former Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari said the BringBackOurGirls campaign is led by “members of our party, the APC.”
He commended the movement, hailing them for sustaining attention on the missing Chibok girls. To him, the campaigners remain “the only living witness that Nigeria still has a conscience.” He said that if the federal government goes ahead with its rumoured attempt to arrest the campaigners, they would have to arrest “all of us.”
His comment drew the immediate reaction of former World Bank VP, Obiageli Ezekwesili, who is a leader of the group.
She said on Twitter: “I take very strong exception to what is being credited to Mr. Audu Ogbe of APC. Another tragic low in making #ChibokGirls political pawns.
“I am neither covertly or overtly a member of teh APC, PDP or any other party. It is false and wrong to say @BBOG_Nigeria is led by members of APC.
“If Mr. Ogbe is being correctly quoted, he can only be referring to those of their members who are part of @BBOG_Nigeria as are PDP members.
“Yesterday one of our most vexed speakers on our #ChibokGirls is a staunch PDP member who said he was responsible for PDP’s only seat in Borno. Never has there been any speck of political party consideration in anything that the strategic team of the group that I chair does.
The Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party have also cashed in on the comment to sponsor propaganda against the group maintaining that it is a political movement of the opposition aimed at discrediting President Godluck Jonathan.
But in his letter of apology which also clarifies his statement, Chief Ogbeh said he did not implied that the group is an APC grouop.
The letter reads in part:
“I feel obliged to let you know that my statement at our function last week was not intended to paint your group as an APC sub-group.” “This is because, from wjat we know, less than 2% of the group are our party members, but members we value highly”
“The rest of you are not and may not belong to any political association whatsoever. This is not to say you have no right to be if you choose to”
If my statement caused you discomfort, I do apologise, but reiterate that I have nothing but respect for you for keeping a six months vigil and telling the world that Nigerian conscience is not entirely dead. The world is watching and making judgment.
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