Hajiya Hadiza Buhari Bello, a daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has rejected allegations of franchise infringement levelled against her organisation, Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative (AFRISEI), by the Bring Back Our Girls group led by former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.
She explained that contrary to Ezekwesili’s allegation, her organisation did not need to lean on the BBOG to be of service to the Chibok Girls and therefore had no reason to steal anything from the group or use its name to achieve any advantage.
A statement jointly signed by Hadiza Buhari Bello, who is the President of AFRISEI, and the secretary, Don Uche, the non-governmental organisation said AFRISEI is a responsible body that would never engage in illegal activities by stealing someone else’s franchise.
According to AFRISEI, it has its own defined objectives and that it didn’t need to steal anybody’s ideas to operate in line with its own objectives.
It also explained that it 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, AFRISEI said the organisation had broader objectives beyond the Chibok girls.
It said though the Chibok girls are within its priority, 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,” the statement said.
It said as a charitable organisation, AFRISEI is committed to empowering the youth and the less-privileged in the area of job creation and skill acquisition.
“It is also committed to supporting the education of the less privileged students, giving material support to the downtrodden the internally displaced persons.
“AFRISEI is committed to educating the masses to discourage unhealthy practices such as child trafficking, child abuse, child labour and gender discrimination,” the statement added.
AFRISEI said there is no law that prevents the organisation from assisting the Chibok schoolgirls, adding that, as a charity organisation, it offers help to people in distress, including the Chibok girls and the Boko Haram victims.