The presidency on Thursday accused Coordinators of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group, Hadiza Usman and Dino Melaye of politicizing the agony of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
The presidency said its claim that the campaign was political, was confirmed Wednesday after a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Audu Ogbeh, said the party was proud that the campaign leaders are from its fold.
Presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, in a tweet on Thursday said the group and the party are merely politicizing Nigeria’s collective agony to score political points.
“Our longstanding view of BBOG movement’s hidden agenda to unseat the Jonathan administration received full Justification yesterday. Roles played by Dino Melaye & presence of BBOG’s Initiator Hadiza Bala Usman at Buhari’s Declaration is proof of their true aim of politicizing the agony of the Chibok girls & their families. This is now fully apparent, the true agenda & prime movers of BBOG movt,” Mr. Abati said.
Referring to APC chieftains as #BringBackOurGirls activists, Mr. Abati urged Nigerians to reject the group’s “political partisanship and unjustifiable” bashing of the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.
In the past, the government through the spokesperson of the State Security Services, SSS, Marilyn Ogar, have accused the group of running a franchise, operating bank accounts and using their campaign to solicit funds from prominent Nigerians.
Mr. Abati’s statement followed remarks Wednesday by Mr. Ogbeh at the declaration by former Head of State, Muhammdu Buhari, for the 2015 presidential election.
“We believe that one day, they will be reunited with their children even though those children have seen a lot of trauma. We commend the #BringBackOurGirls movement led by members of this party, we thank them for their commitment to Nigeria because they remain the only living evidence that Nigeria has a conscience.
“We hear that the Federal Government wants to take them to court, let the courtroom be large enough to accommodate all of us when they sue them,” Mr. Ogbe said.
Mrs. Usman who was present at the Muhammadu Buhari presidential declaration on Wednesday was recognized by the APC for her activeness in the #BringBackOurGirls movement.
Former Kogi State House of Representative member, Dino Malaye, also active in the #BringBackourgirls Movement was present at the declaration venue.
Condemning Mr. Ogbe’s statement, former minister and convener of the group, Obiageli Ezekwesili, said it was “tragic for the politician to use the group’s campaign for the girls release to score political points.
She also denied being a member of any political party noting that the #BringBackOurGirls group also had very strong PDP members.
“NEVER has there been any speck of political party consideration in ANYTHING that the Strategic Team of the @BBOG_Nigeria that I chair does.
“NEVER have we allowed members political affiliation (their fundamental right) to be a part of OUR DECISIONS within the Movement. NEVER,” Mrs. Ezekwesili tweeted.