FUND-RAISING: President Buhari’s Daughter Hits Back At BBOG Group; Says 'No Law Prevents Our Organisation From Assisting Chibok Girls'

President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hadiza Buhari-Bello
President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hadiza Buhari-Bello, has rejected the allegations of franchise infringement leveled against her non-governmental organisation, the Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative (AFRISEI), by the Oby Ezekwesili-led BringBackOurGirls group.

The BBOG was reported to have disowned a fund-raising for Chibok girls allegedly organised in its name by AFRISEI and the Peace Corps of Nigeria last Monday, urging the public to disregard attempts at linking it (BBOG) to “this highly suspicious event.”But Buhari’s daughter, who is the president of the AFRISEI, in a statement yesterday, said her organisation would never engage in illegal activities by stealing someone else’s franchise.

She said 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 the BBOG or use its name to achieve any advantage.

The president’s daughter said her organisation had its own defined objectives and did not need to steal anybody’s ideas to operate in line with its own objectives. She said her organisation was duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and issued a certificate of incorporation on 14th July, 2016.

She said no law prevents the AFRISEI from assisting the Chibok schoolgirls, adding that as a charity organisation, it offers help to people in distress, including the Chibok girls and the Boko Haram victims.

She praised the activities of the BBOG to raise and sustain awareness about the plight of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, noting, however, that the AFRISEI had broader objectives. 

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