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Presidency rubbishes reports Chibok parents were paid

30 July 2014, 07:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Presidency has denied media reports suggesting President Goodluck Jonathan gave N100 million largesse to parents of the girls terrorists abducted in Chibok.

In a statement, Jonathan's spokesperson described the allegation as “completely untrue" and challenged those behind the allegation to “prove it because no such thing happened.”

The Presidency reiterated President Jonathan’s determination to rescue the girls and reunite them with their families, accusing those behind the allegations of playing politics with human lives and out to ridicule his administration.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in his reaction said, “The allegation is completely untrue. Nobody distributed any envelope after the meeting. The meeting was held in the Villa, a public place. After the meeting, the President left and the parents as well as the children went into their buses in the presence of the media."

He was referring to a recent meeting between Jonathan and some parents of the more than 200 children Boko Haram members are holding hostage.

“There was no time after the meeting when envelopes were distributed or money was given The President is not part of and will never do anything to bribe anybody. This issue is not about money. We are talking about human lives here. The allegation is completely wild. What they are claiming is unknown to the President. Whoever is claiming it should prove it because no such thing".

He said the commitment of the President was to get the girls back safely.

“This is a very serious matter and we will like to appeal to those who want to play politics with it, using all kinds of tricks to ridicule the efforts of the administration, to always appeal to their individual conscience and realize that what we are dealing with here is a very serious matter and not a matter of mischief.”

- CAJ News


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