The Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, campaign group has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of allowing members of the Boko Haram terrorists to determine the release of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.
This is even as police again on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, barred the BBOG from gaining access into the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to seek audience with Buhari.
The group, which is continuing with its 14 days strategic engagement, criticised the President for his statement at the just-concluded sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD VI, in Kenya, where he suggested his willingness to swap the girls for Boko Haram detainees.
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) August 30, 2016
The group also condemned the president’s call on the terrorists to engage an international non-governmental organization, NGO, if they so wish.
Co-founder of the BBOG, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, who made this known during a peaceful march by the group to the Villa in Abuja, wondered why the president was giving so much powers to the terrorists who have continued to wreak havoc in some parts of the country to determine the fate of the girls, the Sun reports.
“We fail to understand why our federal government is giving so much power to determine the process and first mover actions to the terrorists,” she said.
“Mr. President suggested a willingness to swap our girls for Boko Haram fighters preferring that the terrorists engage an international non-governmental organization in the intermediation process if they so wish.”
Buhari was quoted as saying, “If they [the terrorists] do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognized non-governmental organisation, convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know.”
She commended the courage and gallantry of the military in the frontline, the Multinational Joint Task Force, and the Civilian JTF, for their bravery, urging them to remain resilient.