Chibok Leaders Deny Receiving N100 Million From The Presidency
Leaders of Chibok Association have today in a press statement denied ever
receiving N100 million for the President during their visit to Aso Rock.
A statement signed by the Spokesperson of the Association, Mr. Dauda Illya
described the allegations that Chibok Leaders received N100 Million from
the Presidency as disgusting.
The statement reads: “We are highly disturbed and disgusted by the recent
information circulating in the media over alleged receipt of money by the
leadership of Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA) from the
Presidency. It is with deep sadness that we are addressing you today to
state that the claim is completely false, malicious and unfounded.
“Our primary priority has and remains the rescue of our abducted 219
daughters. Our Association has been at the forefront of calling for
decisive measures to secure their release.
“We took the moral high ground as a Community Association that represents
the Chibok people in Abuja to facilitate the recent visit of parents of
our abducted daughters and 51 of the 57 that escaped. We helped make that
visit possible despite our misgivings that it was a poor substitute to our
expectation that Mr. President should have visited Chibok even before the
visit of our people for a tragedy that is now 107 days old.
“When the Presidency requested us to invite parents and escaped Chibok
girls against 22nd July, 2014, we accepted the responsibility on the
condition that we shall facilitate by way of contacting and mobilizing the
parents and escaped girls thereby playing the sole role of facilitators.
“We clearly spelt out to the Presidency through the office of the Chief of
Staff that we shall not be involved with any financial transaction
whatsoever, including payment of transportation from Chibok to Yola,
flight by air from Yola to Abuja, hotel accommodation and feeding in
Abuja, intra-city transportation while in Abuja.
“We specifically conveyed our stand in that regard by a letter dated 18th
July, 2014 of which copies are available for your perusal. The Presidency
agreed to our request and made the arrangements for the conveyance of the
parents and escaped girls from Chibok to Abuja, accommodated them and was
responsible for their feeding and local transit.
“It is noteworthy that our primary and only goal is the safe return of the
girls that are still in captivity. It is sad that we are losing sight of
this to the allegation of sharing of money.
“We therefore want the world to understand that we, KADA stand by our
earlier position and DID NOT DEMAND, RECEIVE OR HANDLE ANY FINANCES
throughout the process of the visit.
We therefore make public our findings as follows:
1. On the night of the 22nd July, 2014 at about midnight, the Senior
Special Assistant to the President on Special Duties who had been
coordinating the visit on the side of the Presidency, visited the hotel
and told the 51 escaped girls who came that the Presidency sent them a
token of N100,000.00 each and accordingly gave them the said sum without
prior discussion with any KADA official or any other person in the
2. He equally gave the sum of N200,000.00 each to 61 parents out of the
122 parents that came on the visit. 51 Parents were given N100,000.00 each
on the basis that the money given to him was not enough to go round at
N200,000.00. The remaining 10 parents were not given any amount of money.
3. As for the money given to some parents back home in Chibok, it was the
sum of N1,000,000.00 given to them by the Hon. Member of the House of Reps
representing Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Federal Constituency which is the source
of the alleged N7,000.00 given to parents in Chibok that were not part of
While we acknowledge that any well intended support for our suffering
population which has lost means of livelihood since the events of April 14
and subsequent attacks could be welcome; however the approach that the
Presidency adopted has brought reproach and dishonor to our community in
the eyes of the public that has supported us since the abduction of our
We hereby state categorically that NO AMOUNT OF MONEY whatsoever was given
to KADA leadership to share among the parents and escaped girls or for
whatever reason and therefore the allegation is completely baseless, false
and malicious to say the least.”
Signed: Dauda Illya
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