Chibok family release Statement on Canceled Meeting with President Jonathan

Representatives of parents of Chibok girls/survivors release a press statement  regarding the cancelled meeting between them and president Jonathan yesterday July 15th. See statement below…

We the members of the Kibaku
(Chibok) Community and
representatives of the 12 fathers
and 5 escaped girls who were
hosted by Malala during her visit
to Nigeria hereby speak on their
behalf to offer to Nigerians the
facts as they are and to put the
records straight and correct the
erroneous impression making
rounds in the media on the botched meeting with the President:

#Bringbackourgirls group also released a statement regarding this.

1. The logistics and meeting between the twelve (12) fathers and five (5) girls and Malala was facilitated by the Abuja Chibok Community and the Citizens
platform of BringBackOurGirls with our consent and on TRUST considering their sustained and focused advocacy to Bring Back our daughters.

2. These parents and escaped girls did not come to Abuja at the instance of government or its representatives for a meeting with Mr. President but on the
full understanding that they were
coming to meet with Malala; an
advocate of girl child education and most importantly one who has suffered a similar fate as their daughters’.

3. That in the course of the interactions with Malala, NEITHER the parents nor the escaped girls asked for a meeting with the President or any government
functionary, rather the narrative back home was to persistently ask why the President has not visited them in Chibok since the abduction.

4. It is obvious that their numbers of 12 fathers and 5 girls is about 2% of the parents of the 219 abducted girls still with their abductors and the 57 girls
that escaped. Therefore, these parents DECIDED on their own accord to review the announced visit, which they First heard of like every other person during Malala speech in Hilton.

5. That consequent to their decision to revert to other family members in order to incorporate every stakeholder on the matter as well as avoid discord and
suspicion on a change of plans from the original mission to Abuja, they reached out to the Malala team and through them to the Presidency; to request for a new date for an expanded and more
representative meeting that has a
legitimate mandate to meet with the President.

6. That their request is also in
recognition of the huge opportunity of a meeting with the President for the first time and after over 90 days of the tragic
abduction of their daughters, and
therefore required better consultations, structure and formality as against an instant advocacy request.

7. That it is totally misleading, unjust and without foundation to hold the Citizens’ platform Bring Back Our Girls responsible for the decision made by the 12 parents and our community. We therefore take full responsibility for our
decision and welcome the formal
invitation by the Presidency as a follow up to Malala’s visit which we received this morning.


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