Ogbeh’s comment hurts #BringBackOurGirls’ credibility — Group

An Abuja-based group, Elite Youths Support and Development Initiative, EYSDI, on Tuesday said the comments made by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Audu Ogbeh, about the #BringBackOurGirls campaign has injured the group’s credibility.

The criticism came  just as Mr. Ogbeh sent a one-page apology to the leaders of the BBOG, saying he never intended to paint them as a sub-APC group.

But despite the apology, the EYSDI said Mr. Ogbeh, a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, greatly “wounded” the BBOG campaign when he politicized the activity of the group.

EYSDI’s spokesperson, Ibiba Okunye, in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja noted that Mr. Ogbeh’s open admission that the campaign the brainchild of the APC has exposed the ulterior motive of opposition party.

“The APC bigwig surprisingly put a lie to what the APC machinery had been telling the nation that it had nothing to do with the #BringBackOurGirls campaign because it regarded them as diversionary and counterproductive,” Ms. Okunye said.

“He categorically mentioned that the campaign was led by members of the APC. The presence and public acknowledgement of the #BBOG campaigner, Hadiza Bala Usman, gave the audience the feeling that the #BBOG campaign was led by some prominent members of the APC.”

Quoting Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Ms. Okunye said the word; “partisan” means “a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance.”

Continuing, she said, “People feel betrayed and hoodwinked into believing that the BBOG movement was in the interest of the innocent parents of the abducted Chibok girls, whose pain and anguish have been floundered on the altar of partisan politics.

Ms. Okunye insisted that Mr. Ogbeh’s comment is heart-breaking and a clear indication of how desperate some politicians can be in their quest for power.

The APC’s chieftain had during former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration for the party’s presidential ticket said the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners are members of the opposition party.

But in one-page letter of apology, Mr. Ogbeh said, “I feel obliged to let you know that my statement at our function last week was not intended to paint your group as an APC sub-group.

“This is because, from what we now know, less than two percent of the group are our party members, but members we value highly.

“The rest of you are and may not even belong to any political association whatsoever; this is not to say that you have no right to be if you choose to.

“If my statement caused you discomfort, I do apologise, but reiterate that I have nothing but respect and admiration for you for keeping a six-month vigil and telling the world that the Nigerian conscience is not totally dead.”


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  • jonah

    why the apology? he said the truth about BBOG campaign, its very unfortunate that Nigerians did not see the handwriting on the wall. there is nothing good about (APC) Angry peoples congress than, criticizing the PDP

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  • yemi

    So world bank is the right source for projects implemented in Nigeria?

    Is it world bank documents that will show that a non-existent bridge was built?

    You Sir, are a paid apologist

  • God dey

    The writer should be ashamed of himself for writing this paid for op-ed against a credible and well known NGO. It’s really a shame

  • NoSpinEd

    Kudos to you Chidi for a scholarly and well thought out rebuttal. Anyone who thinks the Ibos or any other ethnic group is a “question” cannot possibly be part of the solution to primitive tribalism.

  • justice

    Wao! Prof. Chidi you really blew my mind with this thought provoking rebuttal to that man’s elementary writeup. I never knew you had the balls as I have always thought that you are an appendage of the Hausa-Fulani. Please let this be the beginning of the man you truly are. God bless you.

  • Michael Oduntan

    What a response… Well said…

  • cyril Ohaeche

    A well deserved comments. Dr Chidi has really given a very strong clarifications of poor thinking of people like Ibrahim.Those who read history upside down as they ment to believe the British of the Old who were simply rejected by Ibos on the sharp redress that the Oil wealth are not for grab.Sadly we can’t move beyond on noses until Ibos are given their full rights.I suggest. Ibrahim spend more time to understand his origin. Just leave Ibos alone.let him not wake a sleeping loin…

  • Njoku Agbaziere A.

    Truth is self defensive, no matter how deep it is lowered in the grave of ignorance, deception or denials, it is just a question of time, it is bound to resurrect.
    There is no need of begging the question. The Igbo agenda is glaringly visible even to the blind. To think otherwise for whatever reason is as perilous as it is unfortunate.
    Therefore, it is a matter of “when”, not “what” nor “why”. As you can see, the time is now.
    Well done our very own, Professor Chidi Odinkalu.

    • ConScience

      Miss Njoku, you miss the essence of Prof Odinkalu’s article if you also ascribe to the tone of the political elites. The masses should never be used as expendable pawns. The only war this country should proffer from East to West, North to South is Social and Class warfare. There is a gulf bigger than the parting of the Red Sea between the Haves and the Have nots regardless of geopolitical zone or ethnic leanings. Pray we can all wake up from our trance like state and stop being used as yoyos by this callous and unconcerned leaders of all ilks. Let we the masses of all walks of life and all regions of the country hold our political leaders nationwide accountable. The no one will ever feel collectively marginalized again.

  • Chi

    Dr. Chidi’s article focuses on the need for accountability to the governed. He stresses that the essence of power is to provide benefits to the masses. Underlined, disputes the preseumption that the ethnic group that produces the

  • ConScience

    Brilliant response so as not to cede to the patronizing tone of the initial author’s first article. I doff my hat to a true Champion of Human Rights

  • ConScience

    After reading Mr. Ibrahim’s latest response I duly post a rejoinder to my earlier commentary…..Per Mr. Ibrahim’s response…..This is what civil discourse is all about. If it is true Dr. Odinkalu gave credit under false premise to an article Mr. Ibrahim never authored then I beg to differ that it was without mischief. Odinkalu has some skeletons in the cupboard from past experiences and needs to explain the basis of his argument and not soil another’s name for his own motive. Odinkalu kindly respond. Thank you sir.

  • Jaja2015

    Shame on you Dr Odinkalu. As chair of Human Rights Commission who should rise above the fray in public discourse, it is disappointing and unprofessional of you to not only write an epistle in Defense of any ethnic group, but to ascribe to Dr Ibrahim something he never said. One wonders whether you will be able to act in a dispassionate manner in human rights issues, or whether your biases will not interfere with your professional conduct

  • Lanre

    Anselm. Thank you for elevating the debate. I started reading this debate when I saw the attention to it by other writers. I don’t read Jibrin Ibrahim most times. Once in a while just to amuse myself to the attempt at intellectual treatise from him. Most Hausa-Fulani are gloating over Muhammudu Buhari’s ascent to power. That is what is happening here. As for you, the other day when Yorubas warned about what was happening to Chief Falae, you should have kept quiet. Nigeria is not worth your stress. Hope you don’t find out too late.