Abuja-based #BringBackOurGirls advocate and daughter of the fiery late historian and university teacher, Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman of the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Hadiza Bala Usman has confirmed her membership and support for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is coming as APC bigwig and former Minister of Communications, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has in a letter, apologised for comments he made recently, during the formal declaration of the former Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari, saying the BringBackOurGirls campaign is led by ?members of our party, the APC.?
He said in the letter signed by him that his statement was not intended at painting the group as a sub-group of the APC.
It read: ?I feel obliged to let you know that my statement at our function last week was not intended to paint your group as an APC sub-group. This is because, from what we know, less than two per cent of the group are our party members, but members we value highly.?
Ogbe, a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), apologised for any discomfort his statement may have caused and reiterated that he has ?nothing but respect and admiration for the advocacy group for keeping a six-month vigil and telling the world that the Nigerian conscience is not entirely dead.?
?The rest of you are not and may not even belong to any political group whatsoever. This is not to say that you have no right to be if you choose to. The world is watching us and making judgments?, the letter read.
From her statement released Tuesday, Hadiza affirmed her membership and support of the APC.
He said: ?I, Hadiza Bala Usman, the Convener/Initiator of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, am a member of the APC, and there has been no time I have hidden this fact or tried to mask it.
?It was never about politics and/or my political affiliations; it was rather about our shared humanity as human beings. As a mother, I have experienced the trauma of not knowing where my child is for few minutes; does it then surprise many why I would be moved to act on behalf of mothers who are yet to see their daughters for two weeks (at the first instance) and now over 189 days after??
She stated further on her political affiliations, outlining on recent attempts by some ?principal officers? of the Federal Government to discredit her and the #BringBackOurGirls group.
?I did so not as an APC member, but first as a human being, as a woman, a mother and a Nigerian.?