Buhari, Ex-Minister Clash Over Chibok Girls’ Fundraiser

By Ola Adeola

A former Nigerian minister and advocate for the safe release of the Chibok girls, Oby Ezekwesili, has picked a hole in a fundraiser involving Hadiza Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s eldest daughter. Ezekwesili is peeved with the use of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ name and logo by organisers of the fundraiser.

The fundraiser, a collaboration between Peace Corps of Nigeria and Hadiza’s Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative, ostensibly aims at rehabilitating the 21 recently freed Chibok girls. The effort is also meant to see the girls undergoing some medical tests.

“Considering the present economic situation that the country is passing through, it is necessary for the government to be assisted in ensuring that funds are raised to champion the cause of rehabilitating the released Chibok girls to a concluding success”, Hadiza Buhari said at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between PCN and her organisation.

But in a swift reaction, Ezekwesili said the fundraiser is a “highly suspicious event.”

“We state categorically that we are not party to the said event and have absolutely no information of its origin. We urge the general public to disregard attempts at linking our movement to this highly suspicious event,” she said.

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