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Ezekwesili attacks Buhari, says he could not connect with Chibok mothers’ plight

The leader of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, BBOG and former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari over what she said is the President’s inability to connect emotionally with the pains of the mothers of abducted Chibok girls.

It will be recalled that the former minister had led a delegation of the BBOG and some parents of the Chibok girls to the Presidential Villa to have a forced one on one meeting with the President on Thursday, where President Buhari assured the group that the release of the girls is his responsibility.

However Ezekwesili, at the group’s daily sit out at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, after the meeting with with the President, said Buhari was ‎not able to emotionally connect to those crying mothers.

“You heard all the parents said at the meeting; is it because we are poor? Is it because we live in the forest? Is it because we live in the village? But that has no meaning in any society, there is no basis for discrimination on the basics of social status, political view, religious belief and other primordial device against any citizen.

“In the feedback from the President, you can see clearly that the President feels that he has given his best in the efforts to rescue our Chibok girls, our President however was not able to emotionally connect to those crying mothers. That is an important attribute but we will continue to demand and we will take up the responsibility that the NSA has taken and we will make sure that we don’t stop until our girls are back and alive.”‎she said.

It will be recalled that the Chibok girls, abducted in April 2014, have spent about 600 days in captivity without any trace of them.

The Bring Back Our Girls group championed the cause of the return of the girls, attracting world wide attention and securing a meeting point with the then opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, which used the abduction of the girls as a major rallying point for its campaigns to woo Nigerians to its side.

The events of Thursday has however shown a widening divide between the APC-led presidency and the BBOG.

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