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CANAN Decries Killings of Christians in Nigeria

  • Says 384 Christians Killed, 111 Injured so far in 2016 alone           

Cananusa.org, New York- July 26, 2016 --- NEW York. Members of Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) strongly condemn the horrible killings of Nigerian Christians by Muslims across the country.

Speaking through the Executive Director, Dr. Ade’ Oyesile, said, “we are saddened by the rapid occurrences of these atrocious killings without a corresponding accountability being meted to the growing list of perpetrators”.  CANAN now calls on the federal government to go beyond mere expression of shock at the vicious killings and set in motion practical steps to stem this ugly spectacle of continuous massacre of Christians.

As at July 20, 2016, our records show that at least 384 Christians have been killed and 111 injured in various parts of the country. With just weeks past midyear, this figure compares in a scaring proportion to   a total of 431 deaths and 301 injured Christians in the entire 2015.

These killings, we noticed, are carried out either by tit-for-tat attacks, arson on properties especially churches or the targeted systemic killings of Christians perpetuated by the Boko Haram terrorist religious sectarian group.

Our figures of Christians killed and maimed by Muslims corroborates with documentation by “The Religion of Peace,” a magazine that chronicles attack on Christians. The magazine gives even more details of the vicious killings in 2016 alone as follows:

Read more: CANAN Decries Killings of Christians in Nigeria

Negotiation of Minimum Wage Increase Commendable but Retrenchment Is Not an Option - CANAN

The Executive Director of Christian Association of Nigerian Americans (CANAN), Dr. Ade Oyesile, has commended the on-going meeting between the Federal government and the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) over increase in national minimum wage for workers adding however that mass retrenchment is not an option.

In a statement by Williams Ekanem, media consultant to CANAN, the Executive Director pointed out that the Federal government must be commended for opting to sit at the negotiation table to even talk about salary increment in the face of harsh financial realities occasioned by oil price drop.

According to Oyesile, “ it surely shows that the government has the interest of the people and should therefore stop introducing the option of staff rationalization because if the federal government, the highest employer of labor cannot retain its staff, where would they run to when thrown out of job.”

Read more: Negotiation of Minimum Wage Increase Commendable but Retrenchment Is Not an Option - CANAN

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Teenager Seized for Boko Haram Attack Tells How She Tore off Suicide Vest and Fled

Girl feared going against orders but was even more afraid of killing her father who she knew was staying at the crowded camp in Nigeria that was her target.

Strapped with a suicide bomb vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.

Her two companions, however, completed their grisly mission and walked into a crowd of hundreds at Dikwa refugee camp in north-east Nigeria and blew themselves up, killing 58 people.

Later found by local security forces, the girl’s tearful account is one of the first indications at least some of the child bombers used by Boko Haram are aware they are about to die and kill others.

Read more: Teenager Seized for Boko Haram Attack Tells How She Tore off Suicide Vest and Fled

'Boko Haram' Doesn't Really Mean 'Western Education Is a Sin'

What's the real meaning of "Boko Haram?" I've been wondering about this recently since news articles are constantly informing me (including ones on this website) that it means "Western education is a sin." 

I was surprised that Nigeria's Hausa language, spoken by the mostly Muslim group that is dominant in the northern half of the country, would have a four letter word that meant "western education." Haram has always been obvious - a borrowed word from Arabic that refers to things that are forbidden in Islam (as opposed to

Read more: 'Boko Haram' Doesn't Really Mean 'Western Education Is a Sin'

Virginia Man Opens His Home to Boko Haram's Victims

 

WASHINGTON - ISIS has dominated the news recently, but the terror group Boko Haram is responsible for the mass kidnapping of students in Nigeria and many other atrocities.

It is hard to forget the images of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram in April of last year, violently awakened and snatched from their boarding school in the dead of the night by the group, which is opposed to Western education.

The global hashtag #BringBackOurGirls became a trending rallying cry that reached all the way to the White House. Now, a year and half later, the headlines have died down, yet 219 girls from the Nigeria town of Chibok remain captive - but 57 managed to escape.

Human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe of Northern Virginia has helped bring more than a dozen girls to the United States. The latest girl arrived just last month.

"Being here reduces the trauma of living in the shadows of the terrorists and the terror threat,” said Ogebe.

A political prisoner himself in Nigeria, he came to the U.S. after being tortured and interrogated over a two-month period.

"We are talking about just abduction off of the street -- taken away -- no one knows where you are,” he said.

Read more: Virginia Man Opens His Home to Boko Haram's Victims

Nigerian Troops Kill ‘Notorious’ Boko Haram Chieftain, Members in Borno — Army

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops in Borno killed a notorious member of the extremist Boko Haram sect as well as two other members known for terrorising remote community in the North-east state.

The spokesperson for the army, Sani Usman, a colonel, said the suspected terrorists were killed by personnel on ‘fighting patrol’.

‎The statement said, ”As part of their determined efforts to rid the society of all known Boko Haram terrorists enclaves and hideouts, troops of 25 Task Force Brigade based on tip off conducted a fighting patrol along Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno State.

Read more: Nigerian Troops Kill ‘Notorious’ Boko Haram Chieftain, Members in Borno — Army

Boko Haram Expanding, Chance to Stop It Is Now: U.N. Official

West Africa’s Haram Islamist militant group is expanding and there is only a small window of opportunity to stop it, the top U.N. aid official in Cameroon said on Monday.

Najat Rochdi, U.N. Resident Coordinator in Cameroon, said the group's strategy was to demonstrate its power by almost daily suicide bombings, often by young girls, while trying to gain territory.

Its offensive was bankrupting Cameroon's economy and destroying a fragile society, especially influencing the young.

Read more: Boko Haram Expanding, Chance to Stop It Is Now: U.N. Official

One of 100 Wanted Boko Haram Terrorists Nabbed at Abuja Airport

The Nigerian Army, on Monday asked Nigerians to be vigilant to track down Boko Haram members it declared wanted recently.

This is contained in a statement issued by the acting Army spokesman, Sani Usman.

“The Nigerian Army would like to reiterate the need for all well-meaning Nigerians and those residing in our great country to be more vigilant.

“We also solicit the assistance of citizens to security agencies with information about the declared wanted terrorists, their sponsors and other criminals in our midst,” the statement said.

Mr. Usman said the call became necessary following reports of mass exodus of the insurgents from their enclaves in parts of the Northeast due to sustained military offensive.

He confirmed the arrest of one of the suspected wanted terrorists at the Abuja airport.

Read more: One of 100 Wanted Boko Haram Terrorists Nabbed at Abuja Airport

Another Declared-Wanted Terrorist Seized in Adamawa State

 

Ishaku Wardifen, one of the 100 declared-wanted Boko Haram terrorists, has been captured by vigilant troops of the 23rd Bridge Special Battalion in Maiha, Adamawa State.

Acting Nigerian Army Director of Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a press statement that preliminary interrogation revealed that Wardifen, who is #22 on the list, to be a Cameroonian citizen. He has been handed over to military intelligence for further investigation and possible prosecution.

Read more: Another Declared-Wanted Terrorist Seized in Adamawa State

More Articles...

  1. Troops On Patrol Clear Boko Haram Terrorists Camp At Duwabafi Primary School
  2. 45 In Custody over 'Boko Haram Plot' In Lagos - Sources
  3. Troops Destroy 20 Boko Haram Camps
  4. 200 Boko Haram Members Surrender To Troops – Army

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