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We have learnt that, the FG (Federal Government) has urged the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group to see the government as a partner rather than adversary in the quest to secure the release of the Chibok girls.

Mr. Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said the president was doing his utmost best to bring the girls back home safely and the BBOG’s continued portrayal of the government as an adversary and the needless firing of darts at President Muhammadu Buhari, were ultimately counter-productive.

He further said, “The Federal Government has bent over backwards to carry the BBOG along and to show transparency in the conduct of the search for the girls.

The recent invitation extended to the group to witness first-hand the search for the girls by the Nigerian Air Force is a clear indication of this.

However, it came to us as a surprise that in spite of its initial positive report on the tour, the BBOG has too quickly reverted to its adversarial role.

BBOG should stick to its role as an advocacy group rather than pretending to be an opposition party.”

The minister stated that, the BBOG having to say that it would no longer tolerate “delays’’ and “excuses” from the president on the release of the girls,’ (as reported by the media) is “impudent’’.

“Let me say unequivocally that the people involved in the negotiations are working 24/7.

The negotiations are complicated, tortuous and delicate. Any wrong signal is capable of derailing things. That’s why the less we say, the better for all.

We won’t do anything to jeopardise these talks, irrespective of the pressure or provocation from any quarter,” the minister said.

 

Written by Okolo Ezinne

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