The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed that it has dumped its open support for the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group even while the parents of the Chibok girls are still crying for rescue of their children.
Premium Times quoted the APC as telling BBOG convener, Oby Ezekwesili that the party had to change its strategy towards the group when it came into power in 2015.
The party made its position known via series of tweets in response to Ezekwesili’s blistering verbal attack on President Buhari’s failure to rescue the girls on her own Twitter handle.
Ezekwesili had condemned the renting of a crowd to stop BBOG protest and quoted a line from President Buhari’s inaugural speech on May 29, 2015 in which he said: “We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons.”
She then referred APC to the party’s December 2014 tweet, in which it said, “It’s hours to New Year celebration. Our Chibok girls aren’t home yet. If you talk about it, they label you ‘opposition’. Things must change.”
And the party replied: “As opposition then, #BringBackOurGirls was an open campaign, since that was the only way we could pressure government into action.
“However, as leading party, our strategy changed. We’re most concerned with actual efforts to rescue the girls and our efforts are evident.”
It however promised to keep trying to help with the rescue of the girls by other means.
“Dear @obyezeks, we respect your resilience and commitment to the #BringBackOurGirls struggle and would do anything to encourage you, Ma.
“As a party, we’ll continue to work with government and security forces, as much as legally allowed, until they #BringBackOurGirls,” the party concluded.