Presidency Slams Ezekwesili – We Didnt Promise to Find Chibok Girls In 6 Weeks

February 17, 2015 2:06 pm

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin
Okupe in a statement has said that President Goodluck Jonathan in his
media chat never promised that the would be freed within
six weeks, noting that the count-down by the Oby Ezekwesili and her
group was unnecessary.
Okupe said:

“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to former
Minister of Education and a leader of the Bring Back our Girls Group, Dr
Oby Ezekwesili, to the effect that President Goodluck Jonathan has made
an affirmative statement that the girls abducted by Boko Haram
terrorists in Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State would be
freed within six weeks, hence the beginning of a count-down by the
organisation.
 

“We wish to state that the statement by the President during his last
media chat was that the combined efforts of new offensive by the
Nigerian military and its allies as well as improved capacity in the
operations have made the chances for the rescue of the Chibok girls
brighter than ever before.
 

“This statement cannot be construed as putting a six-week time-frame
for the delicate task of freeing the girls alive which the President
remains very committed to and would definitely wish that would even
happen in a day.
It’s insincere, mischievous
 

“It is, therefore, insincere and mischievous on the part of Dr
Ezekwesili and her organization to launch a countdown which from all
intent and purpose is meant to score cheap political points rather than
encourage the military and help the cause of the girls and their
depressed parents.
 

“President Jonathan’s commitment to the rescue and safe return of the
Chibok girls is unwavering. The Nigerian military and its allies have
as part of their mandate, the rescue of the girls and all others who are
in custody of the Boko Haram terrorists as well as securing the safety
of Nigerians living in areas ravaged by insurgency.
 

“No responsible organization would seek to make a gain of this
unfortunate incident and constantly twist facts and pronouncements in
order to appear as if government is incapable of meeting its timelines.

“Fighting terrorism and insurgency is not a football match where
commentaries are run for the delight of spectators. It is a much more
serious exercise and we expect Dr Ezekwesili to understand this in view
of her global exposure and stop being a pawn in the chess board of some
desperate political actors.”

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