A delegation from the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group have been invited by the Federal Government to join its team on a day search sorties for missing Chibok girls to Sambisa Forest.
The convener of BBOG, Dr. (Mrs.) Oby Ezekwesili, and other invited BBOG members (the spokesperson of the Chibok community, Dr. Manasseh Allen, Aisha Yusuf and Ibrahim Usman) will be joining the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, Minister of Defence, the Chief of Air Staff, a select group of journalists on the day search trip planned by the military.
The trip will enable the campaigners to have firsthand information on the efforts being made by the Nigerian military to rescue the girls.
The search team will first visit 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.
Before its agreement to join the search mission, the BBOG had given certain conditions to the government before its members would join.
Specifically, the group requested a Pre-Tour Meeting with government officials and a retraction of some remarks allegedly made by the Chief of Army Staff, which it found to be slanderous.
The government in a letter signed by the Minister of Information ad Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had rejected the conditions given by the group and insisted that the team would proceed on the trip as scheduled.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the group, however, reviewed the conditions it earlier gave to the government and indicated acceptance to participate in the exercise.
In a letter to the Minister on Sunday night, the group asked the government to ‘quickly provide us more details of the tour duration and detailed logistics including the names of the local and international media on the delegation’.
The letter said; “We need this information to enable us send you a more substantial letter conveying our acceptance to join the Guided Tour.”
Consequently, the Minister responded to the request by giving details of the trip and other requests by the group.