– FG invites BBOG to Sambisa Forest to have first-hand information on the efforts being made by the Nigerian Army to rescue the missing Chibok girls
– The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, asks the BBOG to nominate three of its members to join the guided trip to the forest on Monday, 16 Jan. 2017
– The ministers of defence and information as well the chief of air staff will also be joining the invited BBOG members and a select group of journalists on the trip
The federal government has invited members of the Bring Our Girls Back (BBOG) to join in the search for the missing Chibok girls in the Sambisa Forest.
The government said the invitation to the group is to enable the campaigners have a first-hand information on the efforts being made by the Nigerian Army to rescue the missing girls.
The Nation reports that the invitation to the BBOG was contained in a January 11, 2016 letter, signed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and addressed to Mrs Oby Ezekwesili the convener of the group.
In the letter, the minster asked the BBOG to nominate three of its members to join on the guided trip to the forest on Monday, January 16, 2017 in recognition of the unwavering commitment of the group to the release of the girls.
The invitation letter reads: “Let me congratulate you most sincerely for the continuing interest of your group, Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), in the fate of the Chibok girls, including those who have regained freedom and those who remain in captivity.
“In recognition of your unwavering commitment to the freedom of the girls who remain in captivity, you are invited to nominate three of the BBOG members to join you on a guided trip to the North-East on Monday, 16 Jan. 2017.
“The trip, being planned by the military, will see the Ministers of Defence and Information as well the Chief of Air Staff joining the invited BBOG members and a select group of journalists, first to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Command Centre in Yola to witness first-hand the efforts being made to search for the girls by the NAF and then join the day and night sorties with the NAF to the Sambisa Forest.
“Please note that due to limited seats on the search planes; only two of the invited BBOG members will join the NAF sorties.”
But the BBOG was yet to officially respond to the government’s offer as at press time on Saturday, January 14.
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