After the parents and schoolmates of the abducted Chibok girls shunned the planned meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, Yesterday, the President is believed to have re-invited the families of the abducted Chibok girls and the 12 escapees for a meeting, July 22, 2014.
Reports have it that a letter to that effect has already been dispatched to the families. Reports from PointBlackNews suggest that former Education Minister, Mrs. Obi Ezekwesili advised the Chibok families to shun the planned Presidential visit scheduled for yesterday.
Ezekwesili allegedly insisted that the visit will become a Public Relations tool for the President and as such the Chibok families should shun the invitation.
It was also gathered that the Chibok Community is already divided over the scheduled Presidential visit as some claim that 12 Parents and Five girls cannot represent the interest of families who are victim of the kidnap and the attack on Chibok by the sect.
According to an insider, the President after consideration had no choice but to cancel the planned visit pending when leaders of Chibok Community are able to fix their differences. However, a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, accused the #BringBackOurGirls movement of scuttling the planned visit.
He said: “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.”