Chibok Girls’ Parents  while accepting a formal invitation  to meet with  President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday also  gave  an insight  into why their  publicized  first meeting with   President Goodluck Jonathan last  Tuesday could not hold.
They explained that  the parents  and  escaped girls who  were in Abuja  did not do so  at the instance  of government or its representatives  for a meeting with Mr President  but to meet Malala Yousafzai,  the Pakistani   advocate of girl child education.
In a statement Wednesday by the  Kibaku (Chibok)  Area Development Association (KADA),  the parents  also explained that in the course of the interactions with Malala, “NEITHER the parents nor the escaped girls asked for a meeting with the President or any government functionary, rather the narrative back home was to persistently ask why the President has not visited them in Chibok since the abduction.”
In the statement, the parents added that  they  decided on their own accord to review the announced visit which they heard of like every other person  during Malala’s visit considering  that those of them  in Abuja  represented about   two percent  of the 219 parents of the abducted girls that were still  with the Boko Haram insurgents.
The parents  in the statement said that  it was   “totally misleading, unjust and without foundation to hold the Citizens’ platform BringBackOurGirls responsible for the decision made by the 12 parents and our community”.
While taking    full responsibility for  their  decision  on the issue,  the parents said  they  welcomed  “the formal invitation by the Presidency as a follow up to Malala’s visit which we received this morning”. The meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, next week.



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