Members of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, yesterday met with President Buhari at the state house .
The meeting held alongside parents of the missing Chibok girls.
Speaking after meeting, the leader of the group, former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has expressed dismay at President Buhari’s reaction during the meeting.
Speaking at the Unity Fountain, after the meeting, she said President Buhari couldn’t emotionally connect to the plight of the crying mothers.
“In the feedback from the President you can see clearly that the President feels that he has given his best in the efforts to rescue our Chibok girls, our President however was not able to emotionally connect to those crying mothers. That is an important attribute but we will continue to demand and we will take up the responsibility that the NSA has taken and we will make sure that we don’t stop until our girls are back and alive.”
Also in an interview, member of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, Aisha Yesufu said President Buhari walked out of the meeting immediately after addressing them. after insisting that the abduction of the Chibok girls happened during the previous administration.
“The president said he had no credible intelligence on the missing Chibok girls. He said he is somebody who does not lie. And he will not start by lying. We are not saying the president should lie, but when you are saying there is no credible intelligence, and that the girls are scattered and married off; then how do we know? These are two things. And he said it (abduction of the Chibok girls) happened during the last administration. I find it very worrisome. I remember one of the parents asked what he meant by saying it happened in the last administration. Does it mean the girls will not be rescued? I would like the president to know that there is no vacuum in government. That it happened during the last administration is not an excuse. It is duty of the Nigerian government to ensure that the Chibok girls are rescued. It is their right and not a privilege. And where we have failed there is a need for us to apologise. As for me, I was terribly sad and shocked because the president did not look at the parents to say ‘we are sorry as a nation for your children who have been abducted for 21 months’. The president finished his speech, he dropped the microphone and walked out. And I thought that could have been a moment for him to connect with the parents. We will continue our campaign. We do not care who the head of the government is. It is duty of the Nigerian government to rescue the Chibok and we will continue making our demands. The government should stop the excuses.”