Jonathan's Meeting With Chibok Parents Aborted

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Efforts by President Goodluck Jonathan to meet with the parents of the Chibok girls have hit the walls.

This followed the refusal by the Nigerian 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaigners to allow 12 parents of the girls, who were in Abuja, to meet with the President.

The leadership of the 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaigners have, however, denied the allegation. While they said that they would want more parents to be involved in the meeting, the Federal Government believe the campaigners are more interested in more showmanship than the plight of the children.

The Presidency said that Malala nearly missed her flight while pleading with the leadership of the 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaign to allow those parents to meet with the President since they were already in Abuja.

Briefing State House correspondents on the development, the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe, said that the President has, however, directed that a fresh letter be written to the Chibok parents to enable them to meet next week.

While the arguments rage in what looks like a power tussle between the campaigners and the Federal Government, the parents of the girls in captivity have gone back to Borno frustrated.

The President's decision to meet with parents of the Chibok girls who are passing through horrifying experience following the abduction of their children by Boko Haram, was the outcome of the meeting which President Jonathan held with Pakistani child rights activist, Malala Yousafzat, who was in the Presidential Villa on Monday.