By Adnan Tudunwada
The Nigerian government has invited a group campaigning for the release of Chibok schoolgirls, #BringBackOurGirls, to the North East to see government’s efforts in securing the release of the captives.
In a letter addressed to the convener of the group, Obiageli Ezekwesili, and signed by the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the group was asked to nominate three people as well as the convener to represent it in the tour.
The letter reads in part: “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 North East on Monday 16/01/2017.
“The trip, being planned by the military, will see the ministers of Defence and Information as well as the chief of Air Staff and Chief of Army staff joining the invited BBOG members and a select group of journalists, first to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) command center 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 in the search planes, only two of the invited BBOG members will join the NAF sorties.
“After the sorties, the team will remain in Yola for a briefing by the NAF on their daily search for the girls, as well as those that have been abducted by Boko Haram,” the letter added.