Group denies military’s hate campaign allegations

The claim was made via a letter sent to the group by Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade.

The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group has denied allegations made by the Nigerian military that it is running a hate campaign against it.

The claim was made via a letter sent to the group by Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade.

“Indeed, there is still room for more merciful and robust engagement or interface between you and the government and security agencies in the drive to secure the return of our girls. Enough of undue hate campaign and antagonism,” Olukolade had written.

The group however said, in a letter written in response, that it was simply demanding accountability from the military.

The letter, written by BBOG campaigner and former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili along with other members of the group, reads in part:

“…We wish to strongly assure you that #BringBackOurGirls has never and will never be susceptible to the kind of influence of any one or group of individual(s) engaging in a “hate campaign against you or our military”.”

“Such act would contradict our Core Values and our strictly empirical advocacy for the Government and military to deliver on their duty. Thus, our singularity of purpose remains the rescue of our #ChibokGirls and all other abducted victims of the North East terrorist scourge.”

“We shall continue to be civil and professional in our advocacy as we have widely been acclaimed to be since it commenced more than a year ago.”

Mrs Ezekwesili has been at the forefront of the campaign for the rescue of the over 200 Chibok girls who were abducted in April 2014 and she has been named as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world for her efforts.

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