Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (Reuters)
Nigerian President Goodluck JonathanReuters

The parents of over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok, Nigeria refused to meet Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, showing their anger at the government's failure to trace the missing girls.

The Nigerian President had organized a meeting with the parents of the abducted girls. However, the meeting had to be cancelled as the parents decided to shun the event in the last minute.

Jonathan had agreed to meet with the Chibok parents, after Malala Yousofazai, education activist and a victim of terrorist attack, requested the Nigerian President to hold a meeting with the parents of the missing girls.

Following the failure of the meeting, the office of the President hit out against BringBackOurGirls activists for derailing the meeting, which was scheduled to take place in Abuja, reported Vanguard.

The President, in his statement, accused BringBackOurGirls activists of taking up psychological terrorism.

"It is with great regret that I announce the cancellation of the meeting with 12 parents of the abducted Chibok children, as well as five of the brave girls who escaped from the terrorist organisation, Boko Haram," Jonathan said.

The meeting, which was to be covered widely by both local and international media, was to tell the parents that the government is doing everything in its power to rescue the girls, the President Jonathan in his statement.

"Despite the shameful and disgusting games being played by the Nigerian chapter of BringBackOurGirls, as a father, I still stand ready to meet with the parents of our abducted children and the truly brave girls that have escaped this nightmare through the grace of God," the statement added.

According to BBC's Nigeria correspondent Tomi Oladipo, it is "highly unusual that the president has not spoken to the relatives, exactly three months after the abductions" while even the escaped girls have not been debriefed by the government.

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