Jonathan Cancels Meeting with Parents of Abducted Chibok Girls, Blames it on #BringBackOurGirls Group
President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday cancelled a planned meeting with the parents of the over 200 girls abducted from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state more than three months ago.
Jonathan who had scheduled the meeting after 17 years old Pakistani girl child education activist prevailed on him to visit the parents of the girls blamed the decision on the Nigerian chapter of the Bring Back Our Girls movement.
The statement which was signed on behalf of the President by his special adviser on public affiars, Dr. Doyin Okupe reads:
“It now appears that our fight to get the girls of Chibok back is not only a fight against a terrorist insurgency, but also against a political opposition.
“It is with great regret that I announce the cancellation of the meeting with 12 parents of the abducted Chibock children, as well as five of the brave girls who escaped from the terrorist organization Boko Haram. I scheduled this meeting, which was to be open to the media for coverage by Nigerian and international press, to listen to their stories and to privately brief the parents and the girls on our efforts to rescue the abducted girls.
“My priority is not politics. My priority is the return of these girls.
“Unfortunately, political forces within the Nigerian chapter of Bring Back Our Girls have decided to take this opportunity to play politics with the situation and the grief of the parents and the girls. They should be ashamed of their actions.
“Those who would manipulate the victims of terrorism for their own benefit, are engaging in a similar kind of evil: psychological terrorism.
“I want to be clear, this government stands with complete solidarity with the girls and their parents. We are doing everything in our power to bring back our girls. Despite the shameful and disgusting games being played by the Nigerian chapter of Bring Back Our Girls, as a father of girls, I stand ready to meet with the parents of our abducted children and the truly brave girls that have escaped this nightmare through the grace of God.”
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