The Nigerian government request from the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group to witness first hand effort in search of the kidnapped Chibok school girls by has been rejected by the group, Naij.com can report.
FG in a letter sent to the convener of the group, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili and seen by Naij.com, the government requested the organization to nominate 3 members from the group to join a trip which includes the Minister of Defence, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Army Staff and some selected journalists to the Nigerian Air Force command centre in Yola.
The group is also expected to join the day and night sorties with the NAF to Sambisa forest.
But rather than join the trip, BBOG in a letter signed by Mrs Ezekwesili rejected the offer.
“We don’t know why BBOG rejected the offer to see for themselves military’s effort in the rescue of the kidnapped girls. They have been protesting about government’s alleged slow progress in the rescue of the girls but here they are not willing to see things for themselves,” a government official told our reporter.
Speaking further, he said; “With their action one will begin to wonder if BBOG is against this government in its effort to rescue the girls. One might begin to think BBOG’s refusal to partake in this trip is politically motivated.”
Government said the trip will enable the BBOG understand the efforts of the Nigerian military to ensure the freedom of the abducted girls and other abductees by the Boko Haram sect.
BBOG has been in the forefront for the rescue of the kidnapped girls. It recently held a week long protest in Abuja, the nation’s capital alongside its daily sit out.
As at press time, the BBOG is yet to nominate anyone to represent her in the trip which is scheduled for Monday, January 16.
Meanwhile, efforts to reach Mrs Ezekwesili for the group’s reaction proved abortive as calls placed to her telephone line were left unanswered. She is yet to respond to a text message sent to her also.