New York, NY April 22nd 2014; The Nigeria Democratic Liberty Forum (NDLF) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to "step up or quit" office if he is unable to eliminate Boko Haram.
In a statement released in New York and signed by its Executive Director, Mr Bukola Oreofe, the group averred that "it is crystal clear that the Jonathan administration has demonstrated an unacceptable level of gross ineptitude in matters of the state including on Boko Haram, he should either step up or quit office to prevent country-wide imminent chaos"
The NDLF condemned the terrorist activities of the Boko Haram sect and also lamented the glaring inability of the government to stop the activities of this gang "we condemn the activities of Boko Haram which has its guns and bombs on defenceless, unarmed poor citizens including women and children and also placing a section of the country under siege. Unfortunately, the Jonathan administration has failed in its fundamental duty of protecting life and property of the citizens. Despite the trillions of naira purportedly spent on security and combating the menace of this murderous group, what we have seen is the widening area of control, increase in scale and depth of their murderous activities while we have a Commander-in-chief who wears this toga of office with demonstrable incompetence".
Abuja — The Security Council Meeting scheduled for Wednesday would consider suspending the governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, with a view to imposing total emergency rule.
This would entail the suspension of all democratic structures in the affected states, should the idea sail through.
Officially, the emergency rule ended at the weekend, but the military authorities have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to extend it, since the war against the insurgency is far from over.
According to a top ranking officer in the military, the security chiefs had indicted some top politicians and elite in the Northeast, for sabotaging the ongoing operations against the insurgents and wanted the governors and Houses of Assembly in the affected states suspended while the operations lasted.
"The politicians and elite, including the governors in those states, are working against our programme; their unguarded utterances are daring the insurgents. They seem to have known the agenda of the insurgents and they are always ready to defend them. For example, whenever these criminals attack, killing innocent people, these politicians would blame us and whenever we are able to locate their hideouts and smoke them out, they would be out accusing us of killing innocent Nigerians. This is why some of us are of the opinion that suspending them while the emergency rule lasts is the best option," the officer said.
Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped nearly 200 girls from a boarding school in northeastern Nigeria.
"They took away my daughter," said one woman from Chibok, who asked for anonymity due to the uncertain fate of the children, according to AFP.
"I don't know what to do," the mother added. "They should not allow our daughters' dreams to be shattered by these murderers."
CNN reported that as many as 200 girls were taken from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok Monday night after heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists stormed the boarding school in trucks, vans and buses.
"The Boko Haram attackers came to town around 9 p.m. and made straight for the school where they had a gun battle with soldiers stationed at the school and killed two soldiers," said Chibok resident Maina Babagana.
A father, whose daughter was also taken in the raid, described the ordeal as a "nightmare," and said that the whole town of Chibok is in mourning.
Rising from its first Advisory Board meeting in Houston on Sunday evening, the leaders and the entire membership of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN woke up Monday morning to the devastating news that another Boko Haram bomb attack had killed at least 71 and injured 124 innocent Nigerians in a satellite town close to Abuja.
We observe that this killing was set as Christians all over the world entered into the Passion Week leading to the Resurrection Sunday, Easter celebrations. We are therefore not unawares of the wiles of the enemy. Media reports say 16 luxury buses and 24 mini-buses including some intending to transport people to work and some possibly on their way home heading South were set ablaze in several explosions.
Initial indications are that those targeted in this barbaric attack included several Christians who were traveling to observe the Easter holidays with friends and family. Now and again, families who had expectations of a happy reunion during this time of Christian celebrations are being forcefully fed this cup of sorrow.
A soldier has claimed that he witnessed incidents that suggested some military commanders work with Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
The soldier told the Voice of America Hausa Service how his military unit in Borno State was ambushed by Boko Haram members.
He said the commander of a nearby military unit in Bama recently sought assistance from his unit in carrying out a raid.
The soldier, who did not give his name, said when the two military units joined up, they were given different uniforms. The Bama unit commander, according to him, gave his own troops green uniforms while his unit received tan “desert camouflage” uniforms.
When the troops reached the battle area, the soldier said the commander of the better-equipped Bama unit suddenly withdrew his forces, leaving the remaining troops to fend for themselves against Boko Haram fighters.
Speaking in Hausa, he said, “We had only light arms and our men were being picked off one after the other.”
The soldier also said he recognised some of the Boko Haram fighters as his former military trainers in Kontagora, a town near Abuja.
“We realised that some of them were actually mercenaries from the Nigerian army… hired to fight us,” he said.
The soldier also claimed that many of his colleagues were deserting the army because of their frustrations with what he said was the politicisation of the fight against the militants.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - An American university professor says hundreds of refugees from northeast Nigeria's Islamic uprising are worrying where their next meal will come from as are the equally impoverished families that have taken them in.
Margee Ensign of the American University of Nigeria in Adamawa state said by telephone Friday that the refugees are mainly women and children, indicating militants are targeting men. More than 1,200 people have been killed this year.
Ensign says households in Mubi town that averaged eight people have doubled with refugees. Residents say the food they had to last until the harvest has finished before the planting season starts.
For centuries, European and American missionaries have gone to Africa to spread the word of Christ. That trend is now working in reverse, with a Nigerian minister in Texas who plans to build churches as numerous as Starbucks coffee shops.
Drive an hour north-east of Dallas, and you will find yourself staring off into a barren, flat horizon. One out-of-place building rises above the landscape: a 10,000-seat auditorium.
It is the centrepiece for the Redeemed Christian Church of God in North America, a Pentecostal movement that started in Nigeria in 1952.
It is one of Africa's largest and most influential Christian movements, claiming more than five million followers worldwide, mostly in Nigeria.
A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the invitation by the Federal Government to try in secret, a lecturer at the Kogi State University, Dr Mohammed Yunus and two others charged with sponsoring the proscribed Boko Haram sects.
Ruling on the application by the Federal Government, the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that the court was mindful of the accused persons' right to fair hearing and the need to protect the identities of witnesses from the
general public as was the practice in advanced countries where the trial were on terrorism.
Cameroon security forces on Tuesday made a huge seizure of arms apparently meant for use by terrorists operating in Nigeria last weekend.
Over 288 rifles and 35 Rocket Propelled Guns as well as 35 locally made Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were recovered after a fierce encounter at Abugasse, Cameroon, close to the Chadian border.
Other weapons recovered included pistols, mortar bombs, sub-machine guns and various calibers of ammunitions following the arrest of two suspects believed to be major arms suppliers to the terrorists in Nigeria.
The weapons, according to Military authorities were nabbed in Abugasse near the Chadian border with Cameroon. Also in their possession were over 50 Cameroonian passports as well as a Toyota Jeep.
According to a statement issued by the Defence Headquarters and signed by its spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, it was a boost to the quest of Nigeria to secure support of all the governments in the sub-region in the on-going counter-insurgency operations.