President of AFRISEI, Hajiya Hadiza Buhari

Hajiya Hadiza Buhari Bello, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari  has debunked allegations of franchise infringement by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, led by former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.

Hadiza is the President of The Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative (AFRISEI), the group that BBOG convener, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili is accusing of franchise theft. Consequently, Hadiza and AFRISEI’s secretary, Don Uche, have jointly issued a statement that their organisation would never engage in illegal activities by stealing someone else’s franchise.

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She explained that contrary to the allegation by Ezekwesili, her organization did not need to lean on the BBOG to be of service to the Chibok Girls. She claims that AFRISEI therefore has no reason to steal anything from BBOG or use its name to achieve any advantage.

According to her, the Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative has its own defined objectives and that it didn’t need to steal anybody’s ideas to operate in line with its own objectives.

Hajiya Hadiza Buhari Bello also explained that their organization is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and issued certificate of incorporation on 14th July, 2016.

While praising the activities of the BBOG to raise and sustain awareness about the plight of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the President’s daughter said that their organization had broader objectives beyond the Chibok girls.

AFRISEI extends beyond Chibok

The statement said that though the Chibok girls are within the priority of their organization, its commitments to humanitarian causes does not end with Chibok schoolgirls.

“Given the size of the problem at hand, the more Organisations we have assisting Chibok and other devastated communities, the better for the country,” added the statement.

Hadiza Buhari and Uche added that as a charitable organization, AFRISEI is committed to empowering the youth and the less privileged in the area of job creation and skill acquisition.

AFRISEI will also support the education of the less privileged students. It will also give material support to the downtrodden and the internally displaced persons.

They also said AFRISEI is committed to educating the masses to discourage unhealthy practices such as child trafficking, child abuse, child labour and gender discrimination.

The AFRISEI President and secretary said there is no law that prevents their organization from assisting the Chibok schoolgirls.

As a charity organisation, the group can offer help to people in distress. She said this includes the Chibok girls as well as other Boko Haram victims, they wrote.