Hadiza Buhari-Bello, one of the
daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, has faulted a statement credited to a
former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, that she is using her Africa
Support and Empowerment Initiative to infringe on the franchise of the Bring
Back Our Girls group.
Buhari-Bello, in a statement she jointly signed with
AFRISEI Secretary, Don Uche, on Friday, said her organisation was a responsible
body that would never engage in illegal activities by stealing someone else’s
She explained that contrary to
Ezekwesili’s allegation, her organisation 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.”
The President’s daughter explained
that her organisation had its own defined objectives and that it did not need
to steal anybody’s ideas to operate in line with its own objectives.
She said the organisation was duly
registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and issued certificate of incorporation
on July 14, 2016.
While praising the activities of
the BBOG to raise and sustain awareness about the plight of the kidnapped
Chibok schoolgirls, the President’s daughter said her organisation had broader
objectives beyond the Chibok girls.
She said though the Chibok girls
were within the priority of her organisation, its commitments to humanitarian
causes did not 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,” she said.
She added that AFRISEI is committed
to empowering the youth and the underprivileged in the area of job creation and