BBOG group tackles Buhari’s daughter for using its brand to raise N3.5m for the Chibok girls

The #BringBackOurGirls group has distanced itself from the signing of a MoU and Fund Raising Project of Hadiza Buhari-Bello, who is the President of Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative (AFRISEI), in conjunction with the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) in Abuja.
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The first daughter of Pres. Buhari, Hadiza Buhari-Bello, will lead rehabilitation teams to conduct free medical tests on the released 21 pupils of the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. The tests will cover Hepatitis B and C, malaria and sugar level.
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Other stakeholders involved in the exercise and planned rehabilitation of the girls are the Peace Corps of Nigeria, a paramilitary organisation, and the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.
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She announced the gesture in Abuja on Monday during the official inauguration and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the Chibok girls’ endowment fund project between the PCN and AFRISEI.
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At the event tagged ‘Official Inauguration and Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Chibok Girls Endowment Project,’ the Peace Corps of Nigeria donated N3.5m for the Chibok girls.
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But the #BringBackOurGirls coalition, in a statement by its Co-coordinators, Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yusuf, said it was not a party to the fundraising, noting that it was shocked and perplexed by the use of its name at the event.
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The coalition said after 902 days of advocacy for the release of the abducted Chibok girls, it was disheartening to see attempts by external actors to use its name for selfish purposes.
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The movement noted that it had carefully built its reputation as “a well-organised and disciplined global movement that is completely self-funded,” adding that it had contacted its lawyer, Femi Falana, and was considering a response to the attempt to smear its name.

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