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Perry Brimah: Jonathan is a security threat to Nigeria

by Perry Brimah

Nigeria is on the brink of total economic and security collapse as the leadership of the nation has all but lost total control and boycotted its responsibilities. State corruption is now presenting a final and ultimately irreversible blow to the viability of Nigeria; its economy and security apparatus. Over 18 billion dollars defense budget under the Ihejirika and now Minimah/Badeh regimes is mostly unaccounted for and with preoccupation with looting as against developing serious strategies, the Jonathan government finds itself unable and unwilling to tackle the Boko Haram cash-cow. As the Jonathan leadership plays games with the security of Nigeria, deciding to beg and bribe Boko Haram and publicizing a meaningless unilateral cessation of fire; Boko Haram continues to occupy large portions of the nation’s northeast and continues to capture territory. Latest to fall is Mubi in Adamawa State.

CNN analysts have substantiated ENDS’ earlier position that the so-called Ceasefire, better called a cessation of fire by the government as not more than a political ploy and a provision of opportunity for Boko Haram to regroup. Quoting David Cook on CNN, October 29th, 2014:

“It remains to be seen whether this truce will actually materialize, whether it is merely an election ploy for Nigeria’s embattled President, Goodluck Jonathan, and most crucially whether it will bring about the release of numerous captives taken by Boko Haram during the past year,” he wrote in an analysis for CNN. “While Boko Haram has suffered some reverses during the recent past, there is no indication that the group has suffered any mortal damage. The most plausible interpretation of the truce is that it is a bought one (probably in tandem with the Cameroonian release of captives), and that Boko Haram is merely using it (assuming that it holds to the truce at all) as a respite in order to regroup.” [See: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/28/world/africa/boko-haram-missing-explainer/index.html?hpt=hp_t5]

This is desperately treacherous and an extremely dangerous reality for the people of Nigeria. President Jonathan who recently obtained approval for a loan of a whopping sum of $1 billion to allegedly combat Boko Haram has now rather run from the war we were winning and turned the crises on its head , reversing the #VictoryForNigeria campaign to one of #VictoryForTerror. It follows a recurrent pathway for the past six years of this administration where Boko Haram is always protected and encouraged to regroup, rape and conscript our youth and continue is campaign of death to the residents of the northeast. Rather than fight terror, the president continues to court the very sponsors of the terror.

Why would the Nigerian president decide to sabotage the army and people of Nigeria in such a way? It is further seriously worrisome considering what offers the leadership is making to placate Boko Haram. How much money is being offered to the terrorists? What type of arms will the Jonathan government give the terrorists in this truce illusion? (are these the arms our private jets were sent to smuggle in?) How many of their brutal, murderous members does the Jonathan government intend to free to bargain the temporary “peace” period it desperately seeks ahead of the February 2015 Presidential elections?

Nigeria has recently been disgraced internationally with cash smuggling scams and alleged arms deals in South Africa with companies that have no license to sell weapons. Seized funds were only released after the Nigerian leadership publicly blackmailed the South African government. Our international credibility is at an all time low.

While Boko Haram crisis is spinning out of control, the economy of Nigeria is now officially in the red. The Minister of the economy can hardly deny this preventable collapse. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has been making public statements in this respect every day, resisting to her utmost the temptation to spell out the actual severity of the crises. Global oil prices have tanked and with the constant looting of over half of the nation’s oil income by the current leadership and their Cabal cronies, and failed real developmental strategies, Nigeria is relying on depleted reserve cushions. The Minister this week declared that Nigeria needs $5 billion to survive.

Meanwhile the missing $20 over 18 months reviewed (estimated at up to 127 billion for all 6 years) which the Senate President David Mark described as not missing but “unaccounted for,” which of course has the same meaning; remains unaccounted for. The nation’s oil minister now hired as a finance director of President Jonathan’s re-election committee continues to plunder $4 million every day from the poorest Nigerian families, in the kerosene subsidy scam. That is over a billion dollars a year that she pockets.

The administration has plundered so much especially ahead of the elections in which billions of dollars would be used for “stomach infrastructure,” to buy the broke masses’ votes, that now the nation can no longer sustain itself. Internal debt is at an all time high as the Jonathan administration struggles to coast the sinking ship till after February 15th if it can get there before a full and total collapse. The 1 billion USD borrowed which by most expectations is not for the war on Boko Haram but was borrowed for use in the elections is the beginning of a borrowing streak that the current leadership is geared towards. Ngozi Iweala is prepping Nigeria for this.

February 14th and the hand over period may not be realistic. As more Nigerians die every day in the hands of unhindered terrorists, enjoying Jonathan’s unilateral cessation of fire, and more fellow countrymen die from suffocating poverty and lose all hope of prosperity, urgent local and international action to arrest this reckless leadership is requisite.

Nigeria is under siege. It is time for a resistance of the people, statesmen and global players.

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Soldiers flee as #BokoHaram invades town in Adamawa (Report)

by Akan Ido

Reports say hundreds of Nigerian soldiers are making their way out of Mubi, Adamawa State as men believed to be members of the Boko Haam Islamic sect make advances towards the town.

The insurgents, who were said to have attacked Uba Local Government Area yesterday, reportedly took over Mararaba Hildi, a few kilometers from Mubi, prompting the outward movement of soldiers.

According to the Punch, soldiers were seen leaving with their armoured personnel carriers.

The newspaper quoted an unnamed source saying, “It was an embarrassment seeing soldiers running away with their weapons. As I am taking to you now, I am in Kala and I saw the soldiers in convoys of cars leaving the town.

“It is just a pity that we are not telling ourselves the truth, because there is nothing like ceasefire with Boko Haram. People are just suffering and somebody is out there playing politics with their lives.

“It was just a pity that I was driving and could not take the picture of those fleeing soldiers. This country is in serious trouble.”

The Federal Government recently announced a ceasefire agreement with the Boko Haram leadership but there have been reports of continued attacks in the troubled areas of the North-east.

Observers have expressed doubts over the said agreement as no member of the insurgent group has publicly given credence to such claims but the FG insists that a deal was struck and discussions are still ongoing.

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Carnage in Borno town as #BokoHaram attack, maim residents and police

by James Sambo

Kukawa town, in Borno State was attacked on Monday by gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram terrorist sect.

The insurgents reportedly burnt down Kukawa police station, over 250 vehicles, not less than 200 houses, the government lodge and several other public buildings in the town.

A resident of the town, Mallam Abor Kanembu recounted that the insurgents arrived the town in Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and drove to the police station, where they began shooting sporadically at residents, with Rocket Propelled Launchers and AK47 rifles.

He said “the insurgents burnt down the Kukawa Divisional Police station and some public buildings in the town. I cannot tell the casualty figure because we had to flee the town in fear of our lives.”

Mohammed Mafindi, another resident of Kukawa revealed that they had to abscond from the town when the terrorists commenced the attacks. He said the incident occurred between 4:00 am and 10 am on Monday, after which the gunmen departed the town.

“The attack was a reprisal to an attack earlier attempted by the men of the Nigerian police Force, who were on routine patrol in the area in which they opened fire on the insurgents. The insurgents immediately responded by killing two policemen, and abducted two others while two policemen escaped into the bush”, Mafindi said.

Meanwhile, the caretaker chairman of Kukawa local government area, Alhaji Modu Musa confirmed the attack, saying that Boko Haram killed many people, while burning down hundreds of cars and houses.

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#BokoHaram survivors give shocking accounts of their ordeal

by Kolapo Olapoju

A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), claims that women and girls taken by Islamic terrorist sect, Boko Haram, are used in combat operations, forced to lure men into ambush and to marry their abductors.

The report was released on Monday, 27 October, after HRW interviewed former hostages of the militants, who recounted the physical and psychological abuse they suffered, while in captive.

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Boko Haram survivor, Deborah Peters

The 63-page report, “Those Terrible Weeks in Their Camp’: Boko Haram Violence against Women and Girls in Northeast Nigeria”, is based on interviews with more 46 victims and witnesses of Boko Haram abductions, including some girls who escaped the kidnapping from Chibok secondary school in Borno.

One of the victims, a 19-year-old told HRW about how she was forced to lie in the grass and hold bullets while the militants fought Nigerian troops.

“When security forces arrived at the scene and began to shoot at us, I fell down in fright. The insurgents dragged me along on the ground as they fled back to camp.”

In another operation, the report stated that the teenager was told to approach a group of five men and lure them to where the Boko Haram militants were hiding. They ambushed the men, tied them up and slit the throats of four of them, before handing the knife to her and ordered her to kill the fifth man.

She said, “I was shaking with horror and couldn’t do it. The camp leader’s wife took the knife and killed him.”

Many of the abductees described how they were assaulted, raped, and forced into marriage to the militants after being made to convert to Islam.

Another victim, aged 15, said she complained that she was too young to marry one of the militants but a Boko Haram commander dismissed her protests, saying his five-year-old daughter had married the previous year.

Human Rights Watch said more than 500 women and girls have been abducted since the start of the insurgency in 2009, although other estimates put the figure in the high hundreds.

In the camps, they described seeing other women and children, infants and others as old as 65 – but were unable to say whether all of them had also been kidnapped.

They were made to cook, clean and perform household chores. Some were forced to carry stolen goods seized by the insurgents after attacks.

According to Daniel Bekele, Africa director at HRW, “The Nigerian government and its allies need to step up their efforts to put an end to these brutal abductions and provide for the medical, psychological, and social needs of the women and girls who have managed to escape.”

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90,000 Catholics displaced in North-East Nigeria

by James Sambo

The Catholic Church has disclosed that 14 of its parishes in the Northeast were sacked by the rampaging Boko Haram insurgents with over 90,000 of the Church’s members displaced as a result of the over five-year-old crisis in the region.

The Director of Information, Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, also lamented the displacement of twenty Catholic priests, saying some members are still searching for their loved ones both in the Maiduguri and Yola dioceses.

According to Obasogie, “A good number of those trapped around the Cameroonian borders are gradually finding their way into Maiduguri. Counting their ordeals, some will tell you how they fed on grasses and insects. A group from Pulka community alone buried over 80 children who took ill in the bush and died.”

He added: “As a church we are really going through a severe moment of persecution. Our ecclesiastical circumscription has faced a sharp disintegration. For now, situation is still as before, no improvement whatsoever since our people are still displaced and have no much hope of getting home.”

Obasogie said the church spent over N3 million on all internally displaced persons (IDPs) at different locations in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, during a recent visit, stressing that “the church must bear witness to the Gospel both in word and deed”.

Obasogie then added that the Church “encouraged the people to accept all that is happening to them in humility and to see the hand of God at work even as they are alive today, calling on them not to lose faith, but to use this moment of trial and persecution as a golden opportunity to express abundantly the faith they profess.”

Obasogie listed two things the terrorists can never take away from the Church members as their faith and their soul, saying “These they must never give up even at the point of death.”

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There is nothing wrong with Islamic Jihad – Aregbesola

by Kolapo Olapoju

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has stated that he sees nothing wrong with the practice of Islamic Jihad, which he explained to be a concept that has the aim of promoting the establishment of a personal relationship between Muslims and Allah.

Aregbesola made the comments in Ile-Ife on Thursday, 23 October, while delivering a lecture titled, “Muslims’ response to insurgency threat in Nigeria”, at the 6th annual Femi Lateef Okunnu lecture series.

“Jihad should not be turned into a license to unleash terror on people, Muslims and Christians alike and as well as to destabilise the nation. Contrary to the claims by groups such as the Boko Haram sect, Jihad is neither a call to arms nor an ideological blueprint for destructive insurgency. Jihad in Islam is at its core about establishing a personal relationship with Allah. The meaning of Jihad in Islam is a total submission to the will and obedience to the laws of Allah.”

Aregbesola also criticised the members of the Islamic terrorist sect, Boko Haram for hiding behind Jihad to justify for their violent attacks and nefarious activities, a situation which he says is caused by a misunderstanding of the concept of Jihad.

“Jihad is far from being an open cheque for senseless violence, neither is it a Qur’anic endorsement of the pursuit of selfish political desires. The concept of Jihad in Islam simply means ‘struggle’ or ‘striving.’ It has two broad dimensions – external and internal striving.”

“Submitting to Allah’s will is an act of conscious choice granted to mankind by God; obeying His laws is a demonstration and vindication of that submission. They abused notion of Jihad often used as justification for satanic atrocities of insurgent groups, such as the Boko Haram sect, is a gross misapplication of the concept.”

Aregbesola asked, “If Islam thus forbids violence against innocents, how does Boko Haram justify the senseless killings, maiming, kidnappings of innocent women, children, and girls?”

The lecture was organised by the Nigeria Association of Muslim Law Students of the Obafemi Awolowo Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

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#BokoHaram abducts another two dozen girls

by Chidi Okoye

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses have told the Reuters news agency. This, the second reported kidnappings in less than a week, has happened in spite of talks over the release of over 200 other female hostages they seized in April.

A witness, John Kwaghe, who lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorothy Tizhe, who lost two, told Reuters that the kidnappers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones.

“We are confused that hours after the so-called ceasefire agreement has been entered between the Federal Government and Boko Haram insurgents, our girls were abducted by the insurgents,” Kwaghe said.

“We urge the government to please help rescue our daughters without further delay, as we are ready to die searching.”

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#BokoHaram: N1,500 dowry was paid to family members of the 60 kidnapped women

by Anike Jacobs

Members of the dreaded terrorist sect Bokoharam have abducted sixty women at Waga Mangoro and Garta villages.

Forty of the women were said to have been abducted in Waga Mangoro and the other 20 were forcefully taken away from Grata.

The abductions were carried out by the insurgents at the weekend, just hours after government announced a ceasefire, that even had to the bargain, the release of the 219 schoolgirls captured in April from the town of Chibok, in Borno state.

New reports however claim that the militants paid a dowry of N1,500 on each woman taken away.

A resident of Garta, Tizhe Kwada, who escaped the attack on Saturday had said that hundreds of militants stormed the village on motorcycles and vans on Saturday, burnt houses and abducted women and young girls.

“They conducted house-to-house searches for young women in Garta and forced relatives to collect N1,500 and kola nuts as bride price for any female taken. They slit the throats of three men and have since remained there.

“The insurgents are still in the area. They slit the throats of three men in Garta and abducted many young women. We also heard from residents of Waga that they killed two men and took 40 women away,” he said.

 

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Some ceasefire – #BokoHaram kidnap 60 women in Adamawa

In spite of efforts by the federal government to negotiate the release of over 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in Borno state, who have been in Boko Haram captivity since April, about 60 more women have been kidnapped by the terrorists from Waga Mangoro and Garta villages in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Whilst 40 women were said to have been abducted from Waga Mangoro, 20 were forcibly uprooted from their homes in Garta.

Tizhe Kwada, a resident of Garta who escaped during the attacks, said that hundreds of insurgents overran the area on motorcycles and in vans on Saturday. He said that the attack was still going on as of Wednesday, which necessitated his decision to flee towards Yola.

Kwada said the insurgents cordoned off houses in Garta specifically looking for young women, and then upon finding them, whisking them away in their vans.

“The insurgents are still in the area. They slit the throats of three men in Garta and abducted many young women. We also heard from residents of Waga that they killed two men and took 40 women away,” he said.

Similarly, a community leader from Michika, Emmanuel Kwache, confirmed the incident to journalists in Yola, saying he got the information from villagers in the area that the attack on Garta was still in progress.

When contacted, the Chairman of Madagali Local Government Area, James Watharda, said he had been in Yola since the insurgents took over his council and was not properly informed about the matter.

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#BokoHaram trial – FG wants to continue Ndume trial in secret

by James Sambo

The Federal Govern­ment has asked the Federal High Court in Abu­ja to move the rest of the trial, and the rendering of evidence link­ing Senator Ali Ndume, a senator from Borno state, to the Boko Haram sect to a secret hearing for reasons of national security and public safety. Senator Ndume’s trial, before Justice Gabriel Kolawole, has been open to the public since it started.

The federal government’s lawyer in the matter, E.A. Orji, in a motion dated September 23 begged the court to protect the identity of the remain­ing witnesses to give evi­dence in the matter.

“We urge the court to ex­clude members of the pub­lic from the trial.

“We also want the court to protect the identities of the remaining witnesses that shall give evidence in this case. The fundamental rights of the accused have not been violated because his counsel is represented and has not in any way been excluded from the matter.

“It is in the interest of national security and pub­lic safety that the motion should be granted,” he said.

On his part, Ndume’s lawyer, Mr. I. Amaza, in his submission told the court that the request will violate his cli­ent’s right to a fair hearing.

He prayed the court to turn down the request of the prosecution and continue with the trial.

Justice Kolawole adjourned the case to Friday, Octo­ber 24 to make a decision on the request.