The Nigerian government has said it stands by a 2015 claim that militant group Boko Haram has been defeated. Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in 2015 made the said statement on behalf of the government. That claim has been ridiculed several times by critics of the government who say that cannot be true when Boko Haram continues to kill through unending attacks. But Mohammed on Monday said the wings of the terrorists have been clipped. He told a gathering in Lagos that “I stand by what…Read More
25 children with suspected ties with Boko Haram have been released by the Nigerian army. They were released on Thursday after being cleared of such suspected ties with the militant group. Boko Haram has been attacking citizens in the country’s restive northeast region, killing thousands and displacing millions. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said 23 boys and two girls were released by the army. They were handed over to authorities in Borno state which is the worst affected by the insurgency. “These are children taken away from their families…Read More
65 mourners were slaughtered by gunmen in Maiduguri, Borno State of Nigeria during a funeral, according to local officials. The killings took place on Saturday and was executed by gunmen believed to Boko Haram fighters. Local media reported that the attack took place in a village called Gajiram, close to the regional capital Maiduguri. Local government chairman Muhammed Bulama was quoted by an AFP reporter to have said that “It is 65 people dead and 10 injured.” Bulama in his account said 23 people were killed as they returned from…Read More
Six abducted aid workers with an international charity Action Against Hunger have appeared in a video begging for their release. The aid workers were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists on July 18. They appeared in good health in the video which has been circulating on social media. In the video released on Thursday, Grace Taku, one of the aid workers called on the Christian Association of Nigeria to come to her rescue. Here is transcript of what Taku said in the video. “My name is Grace, I work…Read More
from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria ABUJA – THE Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed female officers to aid the fight against the Boko Haram terror group northeast of the country. Known as the ‘Women of War’, it is anticipated their presence will help eliminate the Islamist sect that has been perpetrating a violent campaign to overthrow the government. “We call them ‘Women of War’ as they are well trained to engage in combat and combat support operations for peace, security and national development,” said Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar. He said the women had showcased…Read More
By Leo Igwe The Nigerian nation-state is under assault from jihadist groups on two main fronts. First, on the non-state axis, this onslaught is embodied in the activities of Boko Haram and other extremist organizations, that are campaigning to impose their own version of sharia law and the Islamic state. Then on the state front, Islamic extremism is typified in the activities of Hisbah or the sharia police. This is the body that enforces sharia law in the Muslim majority states in Northern Nigeria. Incidentally, there has been a lot…Read More
According to reports Islamist militants of the Boko Haram group have released at least 80 schoolgirls from a group of 276 they abducted in north-eastern Nigeria three years ago, officials say. The release reportedly came after talks with the government, though few details are confirmed. The abduction of the so-called “Chibok girls” triggered a global outcry and sparked a huge social media campaign. Before the latest release, about 195 of the girls were still missing.Read More
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should use his position as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) to address key human rights concerns in different parts of the continent, including his own country, Amnesty International said today.
President Robert Mugabe takes over the rotating position from the Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz which will see him in charge for the year ahead.Read More
This article was first published by Black Agenda Report on May 14, 2014 and by Global Research on May 16, 2014.
You can’t understand the threat posed to Nigeria by Boko Haram, or the ghastly destruction of Syria over the past three years, outside the context of “the vicious NATO obliteration of the state of Libya.” One huge crime begets many consequences, including the death of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi. The Left should be outraged at Obama policies – in North Africa, in Syria, and in backing neo-fascists in Ukraine.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Boko Haram burst into the awareness of people around the world as a shadowy group of Islamists with the ability to carry out audacious attacks that paralyzed the army of the most populous country in Africa. People now want to know the group’s origins, where they came from, why they are kidnapping girls and how they became such a powerful threat. All important questions – but questions that cannot be answered by just looking at the internal politics of Nigeria, as important as those are, because Boko Haram is incomprehensible when decontextualized from the destabilization, death and destruction unleashed across Africa from the Sahel into West Africa as a result of one historic event – the vicious NATO obliteration of the state of Libya.Read More
Nigerians cram into a bus to flee a town in north-east Nigeria following Boko Haram attack on Baga. Photograph: Str/EPA Yusuf Sarkin does not remember much about the massacre that drove him from the town where he was born. The gunfire and the screaming and the frenzy of bodies trying to outrun bullets flying through the sandy streets of Baga blended into one long awful blur. But another loop of horror keeps playing in his mind: that he let go of his terrified 10-year-old son’s hand. Sarkin and his wife…Read More