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President Buhari’s Daughter, Hadiza Dismisses BBOG’s Allegation of Franchise Infringement



Hadiza Buhari-Bello

Hadiza Buhari-Bello

The Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative (AFRISEI) has rejected allegations of franchise infringement by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, led by former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.

This is contained in a statement co-signed by the President and Secretary of the NGO, Hajiya Hadiza Buhari-Bello, a daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, and Don Uche, respectively.

The BBOG advocacy group via a statement jointly signed by Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili had dissociated BBOG group from a fund-raising event organised by Buhari-Bello.

The event tagged: “Official Inauguration and Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Chibok Girls Endowment Project”, took place at the Peace Corps of Nigeria premises, Abuja, on Oct. 17, with the #BringBackOurGirls inscription on the backdrop.

While demanding an immediate retraction and unreserved apology from the organisers of the event, the BBOG also urged the general public to disregard attempts at linking the group to the event.

However, Hadiza Buhari-Bello and Uche stated that contrary to Yesufu and Ezekwesili’s allegation, AFRISEI did not need to lean on the BBOG to be of service to the Chibok Girls.

They maintained that they had no reason “to steal anything from BBOG or use its name to achieve any advantage.


“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,” they said.

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 organisation had broader objectives beyond the Chibok girls.

They said though the Chibok girls were within the priority of their organisation, their commitments to humanitarian causes did 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,’’ they said.

According to them, 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 AFRISEI president and secretary said there was no law that prevented their organisation from assisting the Chibok schoolgirls, adding that as a charity organisation, they offered help to people in distress, including the Chibok girls and the Boko Haram victims.

They noted that AFRISEI was duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and issued certificate of incorporation on July 14, and hence would never engage in illegal activities by stealing someone else’s franchise.


  1. Weezy

    October 21, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    If they don’t need BBOG, why are they using BBOG’s twitter handle in their organization all banner? This Buhari family sha.

    • Praying for a failed state

      October 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      They want the flu and appeal of bbog. They should just own it. NGO is code for “enriching myself from the misfortune of many and the benevolence of a few. ” not all ngos are bad but when many Nigerians do it, that is the grand vision. And for those of you not seeing the problem here, let me explain. What will happen if oloibiri kaikai company hosted a fundraising event and they put Hennessy on the banner and because your eyeballs saw Hennessy, you went to the event and gave #500k? Won’t you feel defrauded when you doing out who the real hosts were? What if you were driving through surulere and you find this sign post on a building with the name and logo of the best hair salon in VI and you walk in excited because you can get a walk in appointment and then you leave after parting with your money, with your hair falling out in clumps, will you be happy? Brand theft is evil and bad for PR!

    • ATL's finest

      October 22, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Ok.. It seems like the entire FAM is the one running the Country. It just can’t get worse smh

  2. Weezy

    October 21, 2016 at 9:09 pm


  3. kanayo

    October 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Why are abnormal things seen as normal in nigeria. Is this a democracy or monarchy. Hian oooooo.

  4. Mummybubu

    October 21, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Hmmm! I think this family is turning out to be the most dramatic first family in our Nigerian history. Good for them tho, if na me?

  5. fox

    October 21, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Somebody pls tell this family, only their father was elected (regrettably so) not the entire household. Gosh!

  6. nnenne

    October 21, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Hadiza is doing a great job trying to help the best she could.
    Truth be told, she should not use “Bring back our girls”. because another group is already using it.
    That should not stop her from forming an NGO and helping out
    AL she has to do is be CREATIVE and formulate another slang that will make her group unique.
    She is a lawyer and should know better !
    There is something called copy right!

    Nigerians love to copy. Take a look at all the TV shows from far away countries they copied, instead of sitting down and creating something fresh and new.Example : ” Who wants to be a millionaire, Lagos/ Lekki housewives, all the recycled reality shows.

    • nnenne

      October 22, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Meant “slogan/ hash tag** not slang.

  7. Amaa

    October 21, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I want curse you out but I will remain civilized.
    Find YOUR OWN NAME. BBOG is registered and has fough for so long for these girls return. They have been unrelenting and steadfast in there mission. Then you waltz in with your fathers name and think it’s ok to use their platform without permission. No lai lai. It’s hard enough that your family is causing so much hard ship and you want to exploit an organization. Biko si ebe a puo mychew??

  8. Wale

    October 22, 2016 at 11:24 am

    If Oby and the other bbog members are really sincere about helping these girls and for altruistic reasons and not for personal aggrandizement then they shouldnt be too bothered about other people trying to help using other parallel means. All they have to do is investigate that the other organisation is genuine. The most important thing is helping these girls and their families not the credit and praise that Oby is craving for!

    • Wale

      October 22, 2016 at 11:57 am

      @the other Wale, #BBOG is a well established brand. People labored and fought the previous and present administrations to bring the plight of these girls to the forefront. The brand and its credibility has to be protected and like with any brand, in order to use their name you’d need to ask for permission. It seems as if Hadiza used the brand to bring attention to her cause. If her cause is honorable, which I feel it is, then she should have just gone ahead and build her own organization and not ride on other people’s hard work. She was in the same villa all these time when the bbog group sat on the floor outside the gate of the presidential villa in sun and rain. Why didn’t she come out to join them then? You cannot just come and use other people’s hard work as a stepping stone to your own advantage just because of who you are; credit should be given to whom it is due.

  9. nwa nna

    October 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    “However, Hadiza Buhari-Bello and Uche stated that contrary to Yesufu and Ezekwesili’s allegation, AFRISEI did not need to lean on the BBOG to be of service to the Chibok Girls.” @ Hadiza, you’re contradicting yourself. Like you said if you do not need to lean on them, why use their brand BBOG for your fund raising without prior permission from the NGO? My suspicions are, you knew they would decline to be associated with your ARISE NGO so you chose to mover forward using their brand without their consent…

    The Red Cross name cannot be used by anyone or organization without prior permission & vetting by the Red Cross.. Same applies to you using the BBOG name, I suggest you consult with a lawyer since you seem not to be able to wrap your head around the legalities involved here.

  10. Tosin

    October 23, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    God forgive us.
    So they must use this Chibok something

  11. happygogirl

    October 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Dickson Akor the peace corps man and this kind of things!! He has boboed this woman or both of them are just the same. when will Nigerians stop paying huge sums of money into his accounts jst to be recruited into peace corps? Poor Nigerians would pay 20k for camp and uniform, 5 to10k for booths,id card, after camp,you are on your own, the story him and his cohorts tell around town is that “our bill has passed second reading in the senate”” even educated people fall prey. Yet he walks freely. Ok . Nigeria is struggling to pay salaries, yet someone would be lying to you that govt would soon approved peace corps and you will become a general, and you believe? Sorry to say this, even civil defence seem jobless to me.

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