Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in his reaction to a recent report that one of the freed Chibok School girls attempted to commit suicide because she was being forced to attend American University of Nigeria (AUN), owned by Atiku Abubakar, expressed shock that people could exploit the trauma faced by these young girls to score cheap political point.
A statement signed by Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, reads: “The Waziri Adamawa prays that those who have suffered so much get all the treatment and support they need, and urgently calls on the Federal Government to honour its promise to make Nigerians feel safe again.
“Atiku, the founder of the AUN Group of Schools, is shocked that some would-be journalists think it is fair game to exploit a young girl’s trauma to score cheap political points.
“Atiku Abubakar is not aware that anyone is forced to attend ABTI Schools. The story is contrived hogwash. He urges the media, a critical partner in our march to progress and development, to remember that not everything is about 2019.
“I wish to stress that the intention of the Waziri Adamawa was to give the freed Chibok girls (just like he did to an earlier batch in 2014) the best possible education, and that was why he helped set up the foundation programme to create such an opportunity in a familiar environment.
“Unfortunately, the best intentions can backfire. These girls are still healing, and clearly, the recent deterioration of the security situation in the North East has opened old wounds.”