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Chibok Parents Deny Meeting With FG
Residents of Chibok, in Borno State where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted in April, 2014 have debunked reports that representatives of the parents of the abducted schoolgirls held any meeting with officials of the federal government on Thursday.
This development comes on the heels of a statement released Thursday by the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, through his special adviser on media, Olawale Rasheed, claiming that the he represented the federal government at meeting with some parents and relatives of the abducted schoolgirls in Maiduguri.
A press statement by the director of publicity of Kibaku Area Development Association, KADA, Allen Manasseh, stated that the minister had sold a lie to the media, who were never invited to cover such an important engagement.
“Barrister Mohammed Wakil, the State Minister for Power, was never in any meeting with any parent of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
“He met with some displaced people from his local government, Damboa,” Manasseh stated.
The Chibok leader further accused the minister of being biased in his dealings with Borno State indigenes.
He described the situation as “unfortunate because although the Minister actually gained political prominence as a member of the House of Reprentatives, representing Chibok, Damboa and Gwoza, he still does not have the heart to see himself as always welcome outside Damboa”.
Manasseh revealed that the few women from Chibok at the meeting were politicians and associates of the minister and not parents of the abducted schoolgirls or representatives of the people of Chibok town as presented by the minister’s aide in his press release.
“I know the details of the meeting and it was never intended for Chibok parents of the abducted girls. The Chibok people and many more from southern Borno are even very angry at this,” he said.