NIGERIA: Committee on Chibok Girls Debunks Manipulation Allegation

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Presidential Fact-finding Committee on the Abduction of Chibok Schoolgirls, yesterday debunked reports insinuating that the presidency was planning to either frustrate or manipulate its report.
The reports came on the heels of reactions to comments credited to some officials of the federal government.
A statement by the spokesman of the  committee, Kingsley Osadolor, noted that those who  expressed their opinion on aspects of the committee's terms of reference, were not members of the  committee.
The statement added that "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  committee, according to the statement,  assured 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 it.
Since the committee's inauguration on May 6, the statement stressed, there had been no meeting between the committee or any one or more of its members and the presidency.
The committee said it had never been invited to give any secret or open briefing on its work or findings so far, reiterating that it was not being teleguided.
“The committee is now in 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" the statement concluded.
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