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. Please follow and like us: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
Jan. 12, 2015 – A child, at rear, walks through the scene of an explosion in a mobile phone market in Potiskum, Nigeria. Two female suicide bombers targeted the busy marketplace on Sunday, killing 4. Amnesty International called Boko Haram’s recent attacks “the “deadliest massacre” in the history of the violent group, saying as many as 2,000 people have died. Hundreds of bodies still litter the bushes of Baga, Nigeria — mostly women, children and elderly victims too slow to outrun Boko Haram fighters who stormed the town with explosives…Read More