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Leave Chibok girls out of your campaign, BBOG tells US Republican gov

By Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA – The Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, advocacy movement has taken a swipe at the Governor of New Jersey in the United States, Mr Chris Christie, warning him to refrain from playing politics with the plight of abducted Chibok girls.

In an open letter signed by two of the group’s leaders, Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu, the BBOG demanded a public apology from the governor, and asked him to keep quiet, if he could not contribute to their rescue.

Christie, a former Republican Presidential aspirant who had stepped down for Donald Trump, had during a campaign in the US, berated Democrat Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, for contributing to the abduction of the girls.

Christie was quoted to have said: “In Nigeria, Hillary Clinton amazingly fought for two years to keep an al-Qaeda affiliate off the terrorist watch list.

“What happened because of this reckless action by the candidate, who is the self-proclaimed champion of women around the world? These terrorists abducted hundreds of innocent young girls two years ago.”

But the BBOG in the letter, said: “We write this letter as a statement of utmost displeasure with a part of your speech at the Republican National Convention.

“While you did not refer to us by name, in providing an assessment of the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, you made a passing comment – in an utterly dismissive tone – about a hashtag campaign in the fallout of the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria.

“This hashtag (#BringBackOurGirls), and the movement that drives it, remains the only consistent voice for 218 abducted young girls, who have today been in the custody of their captors for 829 days.

”As a father of two girls, the thought of having yours in these conditions must surely be a source of horror. In those circumstances, we are certain your opinion of such a movement and utterances towards the campaign would be more measured.

”It is, therefore, highly disappointing and unfortunate that a two-time governor and candidate of the recently concluded Republican Presidential Primary of the United States of America would choose to play politics with the plight of innocent girls.”



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