Hajiya Hadiza Buhari-Bello, one of President Muhammadu Buhari daughters has replied Bring Back Our Girls group on the alleged stolen franchise, saying the allegation was false and unfounded.
Bello who is the President of Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative (AFRISEI), a Non-Governmental Organization said in a statement jointly signed by the secretary, Don Uche said their organization was a responsible body that would never engage in illegal activities by stealing someone else’s franchise.
She explained that “contrary to allegation that her organization did not need to lean on the BBOG to be of service to the Chibok Girls and therefore had no reason to steal anything from BBOG or use its name to achieve any advantage.”
According to her, “the Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative has its own defined objectives and that it didn’t need to steal anybody’s ideas to operate in line with its own objectives.” Both leaders of the NGO also explained that their “organisation is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and issued certificate of incorporation on 14th July, 2016.”
While commending the activities of the BBOG to raise and sustain awareness about the plight of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the President’s daughter said that their organization had broader objectives beyond the Chibok girls, stressing that though the girls were within the priority of their organisation, its commitments to humanitarian causes didn’t end with Chibok schoolgirls.
“Given the size of the problem at hand, the more organisations we have assisting Chibok and other devastated communities, the better for the country,” added the statement. The statement added that “as a charitable organisation, AFRISEI is committed to empowering the youth and the less privileged in the area of job creation and skill acquisition. “It is also committed to supporting the education of the less privileged students, giving material support to the downtrodden the internally displaced persons.”
Both leaders also stated that “AFRISEI is committed to educating the masses to discourage unhealthy practices such as child trafficking, child abuse, child labour and gender discrimination”, stressing that “there is no law that prevents their organisation from assisting the Chibok schoolgirls, adding that, as a charity organization, they offer help to people in distress, including the Chibok girls and the Boko Haram victims.”