Contrary to earlier reports on the cancellation of a proposed meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and parents of the abducted Chibok girls, the presidency has finally come out to reveal who stopped the meeting.
According to the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe, the convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, was responsible for the stoppage of the planned meeting between the president and parents of the kidnapped schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State.
Speaking via a telephone on Channel Television’s Sunrise Daily, Okupe said: “I have it on good authority that the Chairman of the Chibok Community in Abuja and the parents were very enthusiastic and happy that the president was going to see them”, but was quick to add that “unfortunately the night before Pakistani Child Rights Activist, Malala Yousafzai left we knew there was something untoward that was already in the offing.
Mr Okupe alleged that before Malala boarded a plane back to Pakistan “she was on the telephone with some of the leaders of Bring Back Our Girls and in particular, Mrs Ezekwsili, who insisted to her that under no circumstances would they allow the girls and parents to visit the president.
He added that: “Malala was very upset and distraught that she was on the phone for about 40 minutes pleading.Continue reading
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