Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari did not storm out of the meeting with members of the #BringBackOurGirls group and the parents of the kidnapped Chibok girls, contrary to media reports, one of leaders of the campaign has said.
Emman Shehu, who plays a major part in the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy spoke to News24 on Friday, and said that even though their second encounter with the president was not as smooth as the first on July 8, 2015, Buhari never stormed out.
Shehu, however, complained that the minister of women affairs, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, was aggressive towards the advocacy group and showed no empathy for the worried parents from Chibok.
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Contrary to the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, where soldiers were used to intimidate the #BBOG advocates and Chibok parents, the military at the meeting apologized for what happened when the parents were in transit to Abuja, and promised to pay some of the money spent by the parents coming from Chibok town.
Shehu said he was happy that the parents were able to expose the tyranny of soldiers in Chibok, and that the new investigation conducted by Buhari’s administration was a good starting point, as the last administration had no plans in place to rescue the Chibok girls.
He also suggested that the military collaborate with the parents, as they could also help in the search and rescue of their children.
“In the past they were never debriefed. Fifth, channels of communication have now been opened between the Chibok Parents, the NSA and the Women Affairs Ministry. The NSA also has promised to follow up on suggestions by BBOG and maintain direct contact.” He said.
Shehu revealed that the #BBOG campaign will not stop until the Chibok abduction gets a proper closure.
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