Chibok Committee Refutes Manipulation Allegation

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The Presidential Fact-finding Committee on the Abduction of Chibok Schoolgirls has read recent reports insinuating that the Presidency is on a mission to either frustrate or manipulate the report of the Committee.

The reports have emerged on the heels of reactions to comments credited to some officials of the Federal Government.

The Presidential Fact-finding Committee on the Chibok Abduction wishes to state categorically that those who have expressed their opinion on aspects of the Committee’s terms of reference are not members of the Fact-finding Committee. They have never attended any meeting of the Committee, nor have they been participant-observers at the various interactive sessions the Committee has held in Abuja, Maiduguri, and Chibok.

Indeed, no Presidency official has been privy to the minutes of the proceedings of the Committee. Since the Committee commenced work following its inauguration on May 6, the Committee has issued media statements and granted interviews as the need arose. In other words, the Fact-finding Committee has communicated through its designated Member/Spokesperson.

The Presidential Fact-finding Committee wishes to assure all Nigerians and other stakeholders that the statements credited to certain officials are their personal views, which did not emanate either directly or indirectly from the Committee.

Since the Committee’s inauguration on May 6, there has been no meeting between the Committee— or any one or more of its members— and the Presidency. The Committee has never been invited to give any secret or open briefing on its work or findings so far.

The Committee would like to reiterate that it is not being teleguided.

The Fact-finding Committee is now on the home stretch of its assignment. No staff of the Presidency has been obliged with a snippet of what the Committee is working on. Furthermore, the Committee has not issued any interim report.


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