Following the statement from the charitable organization, Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative (AFRISEI), led by Hajiya Hadiza Buhari-Bello that the group didn’t need to steal Bring Back Our Girls(BBOG) idea to operate in line with its own objectives, BBOG advocate Oby Ezekwesili has replied the President’s daughter. AFRISEI had in a statement said, “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. AFRISEI is committed to educating the masses to discourage unhealthy practices such as child trafficking, child abuse, child labour and gender discrimination.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.”
Responding to this via Twitter, Ezekwesili said, “What’s hard to understand? From the outset in 2014, @BBOG_Nigeria DECIDED that the Movement shall NEVER be mired in DONATIONS. Simple. WE, @BBOG_Nigeria DON’T RAISE FUNDS. If your organization is RAISING FUNDS, don’t call it “BBOG STAKEHOLDERS”. ETHICS matter, not so?” On Saturday, she also clarified that the group never called itself a franchise saying, “@BBOG_Nigeria never called itself a Franchise. It’s your word. We simply said, WE ARE NON-FUND RAISING. For more than 905 days of advocacy, @BBOG_Nigeria maintained its non-fund raising stance. So, don’t drag it into such. IT IS WRONG TO DO SO.”