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Chibok Girls BBOG dissociates itself from Buhari's N3.5m fund-raising for released students

Buhari's daughter received a cheque of N3.5million from the stakeholders for the girls' empowerment.

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The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) advocacy group has dissociated itself from a fund-raising event organised by Hadiza Buhari-Bello, daughter of Nigeria's president.

President Buhari's daughter, Hadiza was pictured at an event tagged: "Official Inauguration and Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Chibok Girls Endowment Project.”

The fund-raising event took place at the Peace Corps of Nigeria premises, Abuja on Monday, October 17, 2016 with the #BringBackOurGirls inscription on the backdrop.

Buhari's daughter was said to have received a cheque of N3.5 million from the stakeholders for the girls' empowerment.

But the BBOG has dissociated itself from the event in very strong terms.

In a statement co-signed by Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, the group demanded an immediate retraction and unreserved apology from the organisers of the event.

The group urged the general public to disregard attempts at linking our movement to the "highly suspicious event."

The statement reads:

"Following repeated enquiries from the media, we stumbled upon information of an event tagged “Official Inauguration and Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Chibok Girls Endowment Project” organised by the “Peace Corps of Nigeria” and “Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative,” with Hadiza Buhari-Bello.

"We are shocked, perplexed and completely dumbfounded to see the bold inscription of our hard-earned name, #BringBackOurGirls, on the event’s backdrop. We state categorically that we are not party to the said event and have absolutely no information of its origin.

"After 902 days of painstaking advocacy, it is disheartening and unfortunate to suddenly see attempts, by external actors, to use it for selfish purposes. We have carefully built our reputation as a well-organized and disciplined global movement that is completely self-funded.

"The deliberate decision, to remain funded by sacrificial contributions of members for our very negligible needs, is the reason we are solely a Citizens’ Movement, and not an NGO. It will be highly injurious to allow it be dragged in the mud at this point. We therefore demand an immediate retraction and unreserved apology from the organizers.

"Together with our lawyers, Femi Falana & Co., we are considering a response to this attempt to smear our movement."

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The advocacy group further urged the general public and law enforcement agencies to be on the look-out for "unscrupulous persons" who may already be planning similar "nefarious acts" to deceive the local and international community.

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