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The presidency has denied the allegation that it gave N100m to the parents of the abducted Chibok girls during their visit to the State House .
There were earlier reports that the parents of the girls were given the money. Former Minister of Education and a leader of the BringBackOurGirls campaign, Oby Ezekwesili condemned the alleged act, describing it as ‘Filthy lucre and disgusting’ via her twitter handle, @obyezeks.
Dr.Doyin Okupe, Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, labelled the alleged N100m cash gift as ‘falsehood’.
“I want to make it clear & emphatically 2 dat PGEJ did not gv any N100m to d chibok visitors who came 2 d villa.D story is absolute falsehood” Okupe wrote via twitter @doyinokupe
BBC Hausa service is quoted to have reported that the presidency, released the funds to leaders of the Chibok community in Abuja for onward passage to parents of the kidnapped schoolgirls.
According to the report, some of the parents are now alleging they were shortchanged by the community leaders. One parent, who was among those who visited the president, told BBC’s Abdu Halilu that he got only N200,000.
“I got only N200,000 out of the said N100million allegedly received by our leaders in Abuja. Some of us got N300,000 and some less than that,” he said.
President Goodluck Jonathan had met with parents of the abducted school girls at the Presidential Villa Abuja following calls from Activist Youzoufa Malala and pressure groups over government’s inability to meet with affected parents.