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NIGERIA: Okonjo-Iweala Decries Misrepresentation on Chibok Schoolgirls

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has decried what she described as an online campaign  to misrepresent her stance on the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.
 
The minister in a statement by her Special Adviser, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, said  her attention had been drawn to attempts to misrepresent the position “on the unfortunate abduction of the Chibok girls”, noting that the campaign was unwarranted.
 
“The online campaign is based on the lie that the minister is “tired” of talking about the abducted girls. This is a distortion of her comments to a reporter from ABC News of the US.  Such a distortion is contrary to numerous and consistent comments by the minister which underscore her pain and concern over the issue.
 
The statement recalled that the minister had previously stated during just-ended World Economic Forum on Africa WEFA that “As a mother of four children, including a daughter, I cannot imagine the agony the parents of these children must be experiencing. We understand the anger and sadness that is shared by Nigerians at home and abroad.”
 
It also drew attention to her  tweet: “Our commitment to #BringBackOurGirls does not end with #WEFAfrica. It'll continue. It is our task. We must do it until we bring them back!”
 
The statement pointed out that “the minister is certainly not tired of an issue which has been a nightmare to families involved and all Nigerians for the past one month. She urges that we all focus on the girls themselves and how we bring them back.”
 
For those desirous of authenticating the true position of the minister on the kidnapped girls, the statement referred them to the link: Video: Nigeria official says She's Tired of Talking About the Kidnapped Girls to enable such people “view and judge for yourself.”

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