APC to #BringBackOurGirls: We support you but have changed our strategy


The ruling All Progressives Congress has reacted to the apparent drift in the relationship between the Federal Government and the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group.

Responding to a tweet by a leader of the BBOG, Oby Ezekwesili, suggesting a volte face by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue, the APC said it remains committed to BBOG’s struggle but has only changed its strategy since it is now the party in power.

Before the May 2015 presidential election, the APC was a powerful voice behind the group’s campaign for the rescue of the over 200 Chibok school girls abducted by the extremist group, Boko Haram.

The then opposition party made the missing Chibok girls a campaign issue against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Now in power and the girls still not rescued, APC’s relationship with the campaigners has become frosty.

#BringBackOurGirls protest in 2014 prior to the 2015 presidential election
#BringBackOurGirls protest in 2014 prior to the 2015 presidential election

The BBOG members were on Tuesday prevented by the police from marching to the Presidential Villa, Abuja. A pro-government group had on the same day also joined to block the group’s path to the villa.

Miffed by the development, Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of Education, and a leader of the BBOG, took to Twitter on Friday to remind President Muhammadu Buhari that it was 879 days since the Chibok girls were abducted.

“No More excuses. Decide now. Act now,” Ms. Ezekwesili said to the president.

The series of tweets released by Ms. Ezekwesili, since after the Tuesday incident, give a picture of what the BBOG now think of President Buhari and his administration.

The former minister, in her tweets, said that by slandering, renting a crowd, and attempting to stop their protest march, “officials of low degree” thought they could destroy BBOG, so that the group would stop “disturbing” the government.

As a reminder of what the group insists the president owes the people, Ms. Ezekwesili quoted a line from President Buhari’s inaugural speech on May 29, 2015 in which he said: “We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons.”

The #BringBackOurGirls group were stopped from entering the Presidential villa on the 25th of August
The #BringBackOurGirls group were stopped from entering the Presidential villa on the 25th of August

She also referred APC to the party’s December 2014 tweet, in which it said, “It’s hours to New Year celebration. Our Chibok girls aren’t home yet. If you talk about it, they label you ‘opposition’. Things must change.”

The APC, in its response to Ms. Ezekwesili, said it is committed to the BBOG’s struggle, but that its strategy has changed since it is now the party in power.

“As opposition then, #BringBackOurGirls was an open campaign, since that was the only way we could pressure government into action,” the APC tweeted.

“However, as leading party, our strategy changed. We’re most concerned with actual efforts to rescue the girls and our efforts are evident.”

The party said the BBOG leader would agree that Mr. Buhari’s administration is succeeding in its war against insurgency.

“Dear @obyezeks, we respect your resilience and commitment to the #BringBackOurGirls struggle and would do anything to encourage you, Ma.

“As a party, we’ll continue to work with government and security forces, as much as legally allowed, until they #BringBackOurGirls.”

The Nigerian police, on Friday, reversed itself and declared that public protest was allowed in Abuja, and other parts of the country.

The police statement said public protest was part of democracy, but that it must conform to the rule of law and public order.

“The Nigeria Police Force recognises the constitutional rights of every law abiding citizen to express his or her view through public protest/procession and other legitimate means,” the statement said.

The BBOG has demanded that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, apologise for the police’ attempt to block them in the first place.

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  • share Idea

    The quote below from the article says it all…

    “As opposition then, #BringBackOurGirls was an open campaign, since that was the only way we could pressure government into action,” … “However, as leading party, our strategy changed. We’re most concerned with actual efforts to rescue the girls and our efforts are evident.”

  • born Great

    #onechancenigeria. Nigerian government is in the hands of liars and mischief makers.

  • DrPak

    Nigerian Police calls themselves a “Force”?
    I thought it is now a “Service”. When thet don’t even know their mission and values have changed, how can they stop acting like colonial Gwodogwodo

  • Babrutus

    In politics, the only thing permanent is interest. Maybe the PDP will align with the BBOG campaign now.

  • Wisdom Alpha

    …what kind of ideas do you people, who lacks the ability to think rightly have that you are now saying you have change your strategy? When you were seeking for power BBOG’s strategy was good now that you are now in power their (BBOG) is no longer good. What a shameless government, who has totally fail in every facet of governance.

  • Nwade Chudi

    APC Change!!!.

  • thusspokez

    I have no idea what this nincompoop APC twitter is on about; the tweet is gibberish!

  • KBE

    True confession. More revelation please. What about the funding of the group before the election? We need to know those who funded the campaign initially. To APC it was about campaign, power and not for the love of the country or the girls.

  • Peter

    That is why it was widely speculated that the abduction of the girls at their Chibok school was politically motivated. Some even believed that there was no such thing and that the whole drama was stage managed, knitted and woven by APC and their collaborators Mr Shettima, the governor of Borno State who provided the logistics and gave the ‘abductors’ a safe passage.

    It was even suggested then that the girls (if they were abducted at all) were housed in the government house in Maiduguri under the careful custody and care of the governor. You can now see how the game has changed, with even the then opposition party and now in power apparently downplaying on what was 879 days ago a bizarre campaign material to return power to the north. This is one of the sheer wickedness and utter callousness perpetrated by Buhari and his voodoo APC to gain power.

    Oby Ezekwisili has been used to snatch power from his kinsmen. If I were Ms Ezekwesili, I would drop the whole campaign, go back to those he had offended in the process of the futile but fraudulent drama and beg them for forgiveness. Her kinsmen will surely understand and forgive. They know it is money that motivated her folly behaviour.

  • John A

    This is the conclusion of the whole matter, Those innocent girls where abducted for political gain.

  • favourtalk

    I believe the presidency is trying hard to get the children and it is obvious that the change is working hard concerning the kids, moresos, the children are been negotiated and the preisdent is very active, having several meetings with you people most of the time, i think you should take it easy

  • emmanuel anizoba

    If Ms Ezekwesili and her group know where to find the kidnapped Chibok girls let them tell PMB and all of us, and let’s see what happens thereafter. It’s irritating and mischievous to hide an object and ask someone else to go hunting for the same object.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Nigeria recorded major festivity without a single attack from either Boko haram or NDA