Following the initial refusal of parents of kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, another date has been fixed for the meeting. Jonathan was supposed to specifically meet with parents of 12 escapees and five girls on Tuesday, but has now fixed the meeting for next Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
The earlier scheduled meeting was abruptly cancelled some hours before it was supposed to hold after government accused “political forces within the Nigerian chapter of Bring Back Our Girls” of using the “opportunity to play politics with the situation and the grief of the parents and the girls. They should be ashamed of their actions.”
This came after renowned girl-child Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai, visited the President on Monday in Abuja, where Jonathan assured the 17-year-old girl that he will meet with parents of the girls.
It was reliably learnt that President Jonathan could not meet the parents after the Chibok community was divided over the matter. While some believe the meeting will be used as a political tool, other argued that parents of the 12 escapees cannot fully represent others whose children are still being held by members of Boko Haram sect, who abducted the girls over three months ago in Borno State.
Aproko247 has learnt that a letter has already been dispatched to the families of the girls of the latest development.
Next Tuesday’s meeting, Aproko247 further gathered, will be open to both the local and international media to cover.