The Global Excellence Foundation has said the release of Chibok Girls is more important to Nigerians than Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigners’ call on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
Country Representative of the foundation, Prof Yemi Ola while briefing journalists in Abuja noted that securing the release of the girls from captivity had been a priority of this administration.
He said, “We understand that there is some measure of frustration in the land that the girls are yet to be freed up until this moment and we further appreciate the anguish of parents who had thought their nightmares would have been over by now.
“This anguish has only been further worsened by the video that the terrorists recently released of the girls.”
He, however, said the call by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he cannot secure the girls’ release was, therefore, condemnable in the strongest terms possible.
He said such call marks the height of ingratitude to the President, the Nigerian Armed Forces and the families of those who lost their loved ones fighting for the rescue and liberation of the north east zone from Boko Haram insurgents.
He said, “It is even more worrisome that BBOG appropriated the identities of parents of the missing girls to make that demand since the parents have already indicated that they would rather not be confrontational with the government and the military that have been doing their best to free the girls.”
He said Nigerians must appeal to BBOG and Ezekwesili not to further take steps that continue to jeopardize the safety of the girls or the possibility of their being rescued, adding that it was also suspect that the group made it seem like normal to openly discuss the sensitive details of what was being done to rescue the girls.
Ola suggested that the parents of the girls should press ahead with the closed door talks they plan to have with the government, devoid of any taint from BBOG, adding that they should concentrate on discussing specifics with government officials and the military so that they can arrive at practical approaches and solutions that will ensure the girls were rescued.