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While the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has proclaimed its “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, the world is paying too little attention to Boko Haram, its deadly imitator in northeast Nigeria. Late in August, the terrorist group’s leader declared the establishment of his own Islamic caliphate in Africa, and in past weeks, he has seized a significant amount of territory there.
Although Boko Haram soared to international notoriety with the kidnapping of roughly 300 girls in northeast Nigeria earlier this year, the Western press has largely ignored its continuing campaign of kidnappings, brutality and now seizure of towns and territory. As J. Peter Pham of the Atlantic Councilnotes, Boko Haram has evolved and grown stronger, and is now able to seize and hold territory as opposed to launching one-off attacks.
Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili also criticised the usage of the group’s hash-tag for President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 re-election ambition via the #BringbackJonathan2015, saying the presidency knew about it all along, contrary to the claims in the statement issued to order the removal of the banners. “It was a shameful hash-tag. How can you mock the pain of 219 that look up to the government to save them but haven’t been saved? How could anybody make a mockery of this kind of tragedy?” she queried.
Former Minister of Education, Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili, on Thursday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately rescue the hundreds of girls abducted in Chibok by the Boko Haram sect on 14th April 2014.
Speaking during a rally in Abuja organised by #BringBackOurGirls group to commemorate the 150th day of the girls’ abduction, Ezekwesili lamented that after five months there was still no sign of their return and rescue operations had yielded no result.
“Citizens are appalled by the way the Chibok matter has been handled. This matter has been handled in a very appalling manner. I think it is necessary that the government redeems what is left of the expectation that citizens have by rescuing those girls immediately”, she said.
“One hundred and fifty days is too long for young girls to be in the midst of killers. They want us to move on. We can’t move on; they are our daughters. Enough is enough; it is time to rescue those girls and send a signal to the world that we are not a godforsaken country. Nigeria is a great country and we can rescue our girls.
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Now that a formal chapter for New York is being formed, an inaugural meeting has been slated for September 14 Sunday at the New Covenant Cathedral, Bronx, NY.
At the meeting there would be an update on the Boko Haram and abduction of the Chibok girls, NY chapter officials would be inaugurated and the CANAN Dinner holding in New York on October 5 would be discussed.
Date: Sunday Sept 14, 2014
Venue: New Covenant Cathedral, 1175 Boston Rd, Bronx, NY 10456
Phone: 718 328 6072
For whom: All pastors, ministers, church members and all Nigerian Christians.
A former Minister of Petroleum, Prof Tam David-West, has berated President Goodluck Jonathan for failing to address the security situation in the country.
David-West said he was convinced that the President was afraid of Boko Haram that was why he (Jonathan) refused to visit the parents of the schoolgirls that were kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State over four months ago.
David-West said it was wrong of Jonathan to have invited the parents of the Chibok girls to Abuja instead of going to Chibok to visit them, adding that going to visit them would have given both the parents and Nigerians a psychological boost.
The former minister said this during an interview with Sahara TV, which was monitored by our correspondent.
Thousands of youths on Thursday thronged the streets of Maiduguri protesting against the increasing spate of attacks on Borno State by Boko Haram.
The youths, who first assembled at the popularly Ramat Square Ground, later moved to the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Elkanemi, saying they were willing to confront the terror group if given the go ahead.
They said they were at the palace for Elkanemi’s blessings which, according to them, would give them success when fighting the terror sect.
The youths comprising mainly members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, said they had resolved to enter the Sambisa Forest and other hideouts of terrorists to hunt them down and bring an end to the attacks.
H. R. ____
To direct the [Attorney General] to provide assistance for victims of terrorism in northern Nigeria by appropriating forfeited Nigerian assets for a humanitarian relief fund, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
[Name of those introducing the bill] introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on [name of the committee].
To direct the [Attorney General] to provide assistance for victims of terrorism in northern Nigeria by appropriating forfeited Nigerian assets for a humanitarian relief and program fund, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
The united Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is warning of a potential human disaster brewing in Northern Nigeria as civilians flee fighting between the armed forces and Boko Haram militants.
A UNHCR report today indicated that recent clashes in northeastern Nigeria between the Nigerian armed forces and Boko Haram insurgents had caused over 10,000 civilians to flee into neighboring Niger and Cameroon.
To date, Cameroon is hosting some 39,000 Nigerian refugees whilst Niger is caring for an estimated 50,000 Nigerian refugees.
The numbers pale in comparison to the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) which UNHCR estimates to be about 645,000.
Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, has raised questions over the value of America’s involvement in Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram.
He has also given a chilling insight into how the insurgents ambush Nigerian soldiers as a result of the hostile terrain in the north-east.
Davis, who was in the country for four months trying to negotiate the release of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, told TheCable by phone from Australia that it would appear America was not sharing intelligence with Nigeria.
He said: “The militants usually move in a convoy of 20 to 60 vehicles. Although they often move at night, they are now emboldened and are launching large-scale attacks in the daylight.
“Americans claim they are doing aerial reconnaissance. Why are they not passing the information to the Nigerian military? With this information the Nigerian military could intercept the Boko Haram convoy before it reaches its target.”
The United States says with the rising insecurity in the country, the reputation of Nigeria’s military is at stake.
The US assistant secretary for African affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who made this statement at the third session of the regional security working group meeting in Abuja on Thursday also remarked that the “apparent capture of Bama” by Boko Haram and the prospects of attacks on and in Maiduguri would impose a tremendous toll on the civilian population.
“This is a sober reality check for all of us. We are past time of denial and pride,” she said.
Thomas-Greenfield admitted that in spite of the joint effort of the US and Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, “the situation on the ground is worsening”.
“The conflict has affected the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people in the Lake Chad region,” she noted.