President of the Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative (AFRISEI), Hadiza Buhari-Bello has said that the organization did not need to lean on the BBOG to be of service to the Chibok Girls.
Hadiza Buhari-Bello, who is the daughter of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement co-signed by organization’s Secretary, Don Uche, stated this while reacting to allegations of franchise infringement by the leader of the #BringBackOurGirls, Dr Oby Ezekwesili.
In a statement jointly signed by Dr Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu, had dissociated #BBOG group from a fund-raising event organised by the President’s daughter.
The BBOG did not only ask the public to disregard the event as having its blessing but also demanded unreserved apology from the organizer (AFRISEI) because the official inauguration and signing of MoU on the “Chibok Girls Endowment Project” had #BringBackOurGirls inscription on the backdrop.
But reacting, Hadiza Buhari-Bello, said her project would have no reason “to steal anything from BBOG or use its name to achieve any advantage.”
She stated further, “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.
“Given the size of the problem at hand, more organisations will be needed to assist Chibok and other devastated communities, the better for the country.
“AFRISEI is committed to educating the masses to discourage unhealthy practices such as child trafficking, child abuse, child labour and gender discrimination’’.
“It is also committed to supporting the education of the less privileged students, giving material support to the downtrodden; the internally displaced persons.”
The statement noted further that there was no law that prevented AFRISEI from assisting the Chibok schoolgirls, adding that as a charity organisation, AFRISEI was duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and issued certificate of incorporation on July 14, 2016.