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We have changed our strategy, APC tells #BringBackOurGirls

Posted: Sep 12, 2016 at 8:50 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The ruling All Progressives Congress has reacted to the apparent drift in the relationship between the Federal Government and the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group.

Responding to a tweet by a leader of the BBOG, Oby Ezekwesili, suggesting a volte face by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue, the APC said it remains committed to BBOG’s struggle but has only changed its strategy since it is now the party in power.

Before the May 2015 presidential election, the APC was a powerful voice behind the group’s campaign for the rescue of the over 200 Chibok school girls abducted by the extremist group, Boko Haram.

The then opposition party made the missing Chibok girls a campaign issue against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Now in power and the girls still not rescued, APC’s relationship with the campaigners has become frosty.

The BBOG members were on Tuesday prevented by the police from marching to the Presidential Villa, Abuja. A pro-government group had on the same day also joined to block the group’s path to the villa.

Miffed by the development, Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of Education, and a leader of the BBOG, took to Twitter on Friday to remind President Muhammadu Buhari that it was 879 days since the Chibok girls were abducted.

“No More excuses. Decide now. Act now,” Ms. Ezekwesili said to the president.

The series of tweets released by Ms. Ezekwesili, since after the Tuesday incident, give a picture of what the BBOG now think of President Buhari and his administration.

The former minister, in her tweets, said that by slandering, renting a crowd, and attempting to stop their protest march, “officials of low degree” thought they could destroy BBOG, so that the group would stop “disturbing” the government.

As a reminder of what the group insists the president owes the people, Ms. Ezekwesili quoted a line from President Buhari’s inaugural speech on May 29, 2015 in which he said: “We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons.”