FG invites BBOG leaders to Sambisa Forest

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The Federal Government has invited members of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign to Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

Government’s letter of invitation was sent to the BBOG group through one of its conveners, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, and was signed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed.

The minister said only three members of the group would join the trip, which he said was being planned by the military on Monday.

The group will be taken to the Nigeria Air Force Command Centre in Yola and the forest in Borno State.

In the letter dated January 11, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, the minister congratulated the group for its unwavering interest “in the fate of the Chibok girls, including those who have regained freedom and those who remain in captivity.”

In its reaction to the invitation, the BBOG said it had met and had agreed that the “movement is open to exploring the opportunity for a visit to the North-East theatre of war as presented” in the invitation.

Ezekwesili, who replied the minister’s letter, however set some conditions, which she said must be met before the group could proceed.

The former minister in her reply dated January 13, 2017, proposed a pre-tour meeting to “discuss pertinent issues that will help inform our decision to proceed.”

 

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