Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan forced to call off meeting with parents of abducted girls after they refused to attend. Paul Chapman reports.
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Relatives of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist rebels in Nigeria were in less than co-operative mood over the president's plans for a meeting with them.
Goodluck Jonathan had to call off the talks with some of the parents when they suddenly withdrew.
His spokesman said the president believed their decision was politically motivated.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) DOYIN OKUPE, SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO NIGERIAN PRESIDENT ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS, SAYING:
"Unfortunately political forces within the Nigerian chapter of 'Bring Back Our Girls' have decided to take this opportunity to play politics with the situation and the grief of the parents and these girls. It's a pity and this is something that is really, really very shameful."
The protesters are vehemently rejecting such criticism.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) JEFF OKOROAFOR, PROTESTER, SAYING:
"What we're doing is to make sure that the issue of these girls is on the front burner of the government. That's just it. So the government saying that this group is making it hard for them to rescue these girls, I will say categorically and specifically that is untrue."
The girls were snatched three months ago by Boko Haram militants.