Abuja - The Africa Support and Empowerment
Initiative (AFRISEI) led by Hajiya Hadiza Buhari-Bello has rejected allegations
of franchise infringement by the Bring Back Our Girls group, led by former
Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.
Hadiza Buhari-Bello, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari,
who is President of the NGO, and Don Uche, the secretary said their
organisation would never engage in illegal activities by stealing someone
She explained that contrary to Dr. Ezekwesili’s allegation,
her organization did not need to lean on the BBOG to be of service to the
Chibok Girls and therefore had no reason to steal anything from BBOG or use its
name to achieve any advantage.
According to her, the Africa Support and Empowerment
Initiative has its own defined objectives and that it didn’t need to steal
anybody’s ideas to operate in line with its own objectives.
Hajiya Hadiza Buhari Bello and Uche also explained that
their organization is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs
Commission and issued certificate of incorporation on 14th July, 2016.
While praising the activities of the BBOG to raise and
sustain awareness about the plight of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the
President’s daughter said that their organization had broader objectives beyond
the Chibok girls.
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They said though the Chibok girls are within the priority of
their organization, its commitments to humanitarian causes does not end
with Chibok schoolgirls.
“Given the size of the problem at hand, the more
Organisations we have assisting Chibok and other devastated communities, the
better for the country,” added the statement.
Hadiza Buhari and Uche added that as a charitable
organization, AFRISEI is committed to empowering the youth and the less
privileged in the area of job creation and skill acquisition.
It is also committed to supporting the education of the less
privileged students, giving material support to the downtrodden and the
internally displaced persons.
They also said AFRISEI is committed to educating the masses
to discourage unhealthy practices such as child trafficking, child abuse, child
labour and gender discrimination.
The AFRISEI President and secretary said there is no law
that prevents their organization from assisting the Chibok schoolgirls.
As a charity organisation, the group can offer
help to people in distress, including the Chibok girls and the Boko Haram
victims, they wrote.