There are strong indications that Nigeria and Cameroon may clash over Boko Haram as the Federal Government accuses Cameroon of harbouring members of the militant Islamic sect.
Saturday PUNCH learnt on Thursday that the Federal Government was becoming increasingly frustrated by the refusal of Cameroon to cooperate with Nigeria in its efforts to combat the militant Islamic sect.
A top source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who confided in one of our correspondents in Abuja, said that President Goodluck Jonathan would report Cameroon to relevant agencies in the United Nations.
Part of government’s strategy is to adopt the policy of hot pursuit, whereby Nigeria’s military will chase the insurgents into their hideouts and flush them out while those in the diplomatic circles will continue with diplomacy.
Nigeria’s government is seeking intelligence cooperation from neighboring countries and the international community to help defeat terrorist activities carried out by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, following an upsurge in violence in parts of the country, according to Rueben Abati, an adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan.
“The President has made it clear that he looks forward to the collaboration with both Nigeria’s neighbors and the international community in general, in terms of the exchange of intelligence, in terms of partnership to address the challenge of terror. To the extent that terrorism is not a local problem it is a global problem, and it requires concerted action on the path of the international community to deal with it,” said Abati.
Gunmen suspected to be from the armed group Boko Haram have killed at least 32 people in three separate attacks in northeast Nigeria, including one at a theological college, a local government official and residents have said.
The coordinated attacks in the troubled Adamawa state late on Wednesday came just two days after armed fighters were blamed for killing 59 people, most of them children, as they slept at a boarding school in Yobe state.
School attacks have featured prominently in Boko Haram's most recent uprising, which has killed thousands of people. The group, declared a terrorist organization by Nigeria and the United States, has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north.
United States Assistant Secretary of State, Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Says Boko Haram sponsors must be unmasked
The United States Assistant Secretary of State, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Thursday told an audience of the diplomatic community and Nigerians that US and indeed the world are expecting a free and fair election in 2015 from the Africa’s biggest economy.
Thomas-Greenfield who was a guest lecturer of the Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series initiated by the African Society of the National Summit on Africa held at the Nigerian embassy in Washington yesterday, said she was using the opportunity offered by the Chevron powered lecture to share her experiences in her recent visit to Nigeria, while espousing the Barrack Obama administration’s vision for Africa in general.
Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
on attacks in Yobe State, Nigeria
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the brutal slaying yesterday of dozens of students at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi in Yobe State, northeastern Nigeria, by unidentified gunmen. He extends his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and hopes that the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice.
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the increasing frequency and brutality of attacks against educational institutions in the north of the country. He reiterates that no objective can justify such violence.
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members has in early hour of today attacked and killed dozens students of Federal Government College Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State. Yobe state Police Commissioner, Sanusi A Rufai confirmed that twenty nine male students were killed and twenty four structures that include the Administration block, students hostel and staff quarters were burnt down.
A resident in the area said he has counted 39 lifeless bodies within the premises. "The attackers started the operation around 12:15 unpertubed until after 4 am, the students were slaughtered and fired with guns.
DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists killed at least 29 students at a school dormitory in a pre-dawn attack early Tuesday, the spokesman for the governor of Nigeria’s Yobe state told The Associated Press.
Soldiers guarding a checkpoint near the government school were mysteriously withdrawn hours before the attack, said the spokesman Abdullahi Bego.
The militants locked the door of a dormitory where male students were sleeping and then set it ablaze, slitting the throats of those who tried to clamber out of windows and gunning down those who ran away, said teacher Adamu Garba.
There are strong indications that the ongoing military operations against insurgents in the North-East may have been seriously hampered by lack of modern military hardware and the prevalence of aging equipment in the Armed Forces.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the military had been faced with the difficult challenge of using mostly refurbished military hardware in the critical campaign against the deadly members of the Boko Haram sect.
It was learnt that a good number of the military hardware in the country such as the Armoured Personnel Carriers, the Alpha Fighter Jets, the MIG Fighter Jets and the Helicopter gunships that were being used in the ongoing fight against the insurgents were acquired between 1979 and 1982 by the Alhaji Shehu Shagari regime.
Cananusa.org---NY-Feb 20--------In what was the first chapter launching this year, the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN has opened its 12th chapter in the US, and it is based in St. Louis, to cater for the Midwest area of America.
At an event held at the Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday Feb 15, Dr. James Fadele, CANAN President restated the vision of the organization as including the establishment of chapters across the US as much as possible.
“We are going to as many of the 50 states of the US as possible,” he disclosed to an impressive gathering of Nigerian-Americans who turned out very well on a Saturday afternoon from various churches and the Nigerian community in the Midwest.
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima on Monday lamented the terror attacks on communities in the North-East and declared that Boko Haram members were better armed and motivated than Nigerian troops.
Briefing State House correspondents shortly after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and service chiefs over Saturday’s insurgents attack on Izghe, a largely Christian community in Gwoza Local Government Area, Shettima stated that going by the rising activities of the sect, Nigeria was in a state of war.
He spoke just as the Northern States Governors’ Forum said the onslaughts by the sect had gone beyond the traditional pattern of attacks.