We Didn’t Reject FG’s Offer To Witness Chibok Girls Rescue Efforts, We Only Gave Conditions – BBOG
A member of the Bring Back Our Girls Group has denied report that the group refused the offer of the Federal Government to witness the army’s efforts geared towards the rescue of Chibok Girls.
The member who does not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter said it is true that the FG offered the group some slots to be part of a delegation expected to visit the north east, but that it did not outrightly refused the offer, but only asked that certain conditions be met before such visit can take place.
He provided a copy of the letter the group wrote in response to the letter of invitation by the Federal Government.
In the letter signed on behalf of the group by former Minister Oby Ezekwesili, the group demands that a pre-tour meeting with the National Security Adviser to the President and other officials of government indicated in the letter asking the group to join the tour be organised to enable them “discuss pertinent issues” that will help inform its decision to proceed on the tour.
“We believe that this prior meeting would help provide first-hand knowledge of, and answers to questions that our Movement wishes to raise ahead of the guided tour.”
The group in the letter also demanded that the Chief of Army Staff retracts and tender an unreserved apology for endorsing a statement credited to a group which protested to the Headquarters of the Nigerian Army last week calling its activities “social Advocacy terrorism”.
“Only two days ago, the Federal Government owned News Agncy of Nigeria (NAN) widely reported through the mass media, that during a visit to the Army Headquarters by a certain group which was received by the Chief of Army Staff, our Movement was attacked for engaging in “social advocacy terrorism.” It is puzzling that the reported said visit happened less than forty-eight hours before our movement received your letter asking us to travel in the company of same Chief of Army Staff to Sambisa Forest,” a part of the letter reads.
“We demand therefore that ahead of the pre-tour meeting we have proposed herein, that the Chief of Army Staff retracts and apologizes for endorsing such slanderous attacks against our movement BringBackOurGirls and specifically against some of our leaders. Such a step would communicate that it is with goodwill that the Federal Government is asking us to entertain the visit proposed in your letter”, the group said.
While stating that the movement has “demonstrated the utmost decorum and civility by ensuring that our advocacy follows due process and upholds the core values that we developed early on in the campaign”, the group said it is available to attend the pre-tour meeting which is a condition to attending the tour to the north east at any date of convenience of the government