Leadership of the Chibok community group, Kibaku Area Development Association, Abuja Chapter, has denied that it received any pecuniary incentive from the Presidency on account of the missing Chibok girls.
In a statement by the spokesperson of the group, Dauda Ilya, the group said the claim that the leadership of the group received N100 million from the Presidency was “false, malicious and unfounded.”
The group explained that it only offered, as a community association that represented the Chibok people in Abuja, to facilitate the visit of parents of the abducted girls and 51 of the 57 that escaped.
It added that it helped make that visit possible despite their misgivings that it was a poor substitute to their expectation that Mr. President should have visited Chibok even before the visit of their people for a tragedy that is now 107 days old.
Explaining the role of the association in facilitating the visit, the group said it spelt out its responsibilities in facilitating the meeting of the Chibok girls and parents with President Jonathan and that there was never a point it demanded any financial compensation.
“When the Presidency requested us to invite parents and escaped Chibok girls against 22nd July, 2014, we accepted the responsibility on the condition that we shall facilitate by way of contacting and mobilising the parents and escaped girls, thereby playing the sole role of facilitators.”