Jonathan’s Meeting With Chibok Parents Aborted

jonathan-goodluck-Nigeria-PresidentEfforts by President Goodluck Jonathan to meet with the parents of the Chibok girls have hit the walls.

This followed the refusal by the Nigerian ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners to allow 12 parents of the girls, who were in Abuja, to meet with the President.

The leadership of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners have, however, denied the allegation. While they said that they would want more parents to be involved in the meeting, the Federal Government believe the campaigners are more interested in more showmanship than the plight of the children.

The Presidency said that Malala nearly missed her flight while pleading with the leadership of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign to allow those parents to meet with the President since they were already in Abuja.

Briefing State House correspondents on the development, the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe, said that the President has, however, directed that a fresh letter be written to the Chibok parents to enable them to meet next week.

While the arguments rage in what looks like a power tussle between the campaigners and the Federal Government, the parents of the girls in captivity have gone back to Borno frustrated.

The President’s decision to meet with parents of the Chibok girls who are passing through horrifying experience following the abduction of their children by Boko Haram, was the outcome of the meeting which President Jonathan held with Pakistani child rights activist, Malala Yousafzat, who was in the Presidential Villa on Monday.

Jonathan Meets Malala, Plans To Meet Chibok Parents

Malala-YousafzaiPresident Jonathan has directed his officials to make arrangements towards his meeting with parents of the Chibok girls who are passing through horrifying experience following the abduction of their children over three month ago by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

This was the outcome of the meeting which President Jonathan held with Pakistani child rights activist, Malala Yousafzat, who was in the Presidential Villa on Monday.

Malala, who has been in Nigeria to join her voice in the condemnation of the abduction of  the Nigerian girls, as part of activities to mark her seventeen birthday, said that she was hopeful that the girls would be released soon as promised by the President.

She decried the statistics which puts the number of out-of-school girls at over 10.5 million, and urged the international community to assist Nigeria and Africa as a whole to send their children to school. She also called on governments across the continent to increase funding for education.

She also announced a donation of the sum of 200,000 dollars from her foundation, to support education in Nigeria.