- The Chibok Parents’ Association says former president Goodluck Jonathan did not rescue any of the abducted girls
- The association says the only way Reuben Abati’s claim can make any sense is if the Jonathan administration kept the supposedly rescued girls away from their parents
- The Bring Back Our Girls group also says it is not aware of any such development
The claim made by a former aide to Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati, that the former president rescued some of the abducted Chibok girls, has been refuted by the Chibok Parents’ Association.
The claim was denied by the chairman of the association, Yakubu Nkeki, Daily Trust reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Nkeki said the only way the claim can make any sense is if the Jonathan administration kept the supposedly rescued girls away from their parents.
He said: “Does he mean they rescued some of the Chibok girls and are keeping them somewhere? If that is what he means, then they should immediately release the girls to us.
“What we know is that the Buhari regime negotiated for and secured the release of all the girls we have with us now. Soon after their release, I was called to Abuja to identify them.
“These girls are currently at the American University of Nigeria, Yola, under federal government’s full scholarship.”
The chairperson of the Bring Back Our Girls strategic team, Florence Ozor, also said the group is not aware of any such development.
She said: “All we know is the number of girls that have been released under Buhari administration, and we are not aware of this development.
“I really don’t understand what the motive would be. How would you secure children from terrorists; and the parents and the nation are not aware, and you just sent them abroad? There is more to what they are telling us.
“It will be good if they can make it public because the parents and the nation need to know.”
There are currently 112 girls still in captivity, while 107 have been released.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the former special adviser on media and publicity to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati, said the former president secured the release of some Chibok girls but did not publicise it.
Abati disclosed that the Jonathan administration was advised against making the release public in order to protect the identities of the freed girls, by the then national security adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki.
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