Reminiscences of the War against a Journalist

On this day, last year, I was declared wanted by the Nigerian Army. The official release from the Military High Command was publicised in international and local media. The Military statement declaring me wanted was in spite of the fact that I was in constant correspondence with security leaders in the country, including the Army. Not once was I ever invited for any reason by the security forces and there was a hesitation on my part.
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The Conflicted Lives In Crisis Torn North East And What Can Be Done

Andrew, a white European of the Christian faith currently works among the internally displaced persons, IDPs, in their camps in war ravaged and weather stricken villages of the North East Nigeria. His typical day is characterized by emergencies, thoroughly famished children hanging on the edge must be tended to, young women amid degrees of trauma and deprivation, avoidable deaths and life threatening situations surround him.
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Shekau’s Faction Of Boko Haram Claims Credit For Maiduguri Attack

In a video obtained exclusively by Sahara Reporters through salkida.com, the Abubakar Shekau faction of the dreaded Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, recorded dozens of its fighters driving into Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, in military painted trucks with little opposition from the military. In the first 23 minutes, the video shows the Islamist insurgents’ attack on Maiduguri, displaying uniforms, shoes, ID cards, arms and ammunition the group claimed their fighters seized from the military during the attack.

A video obtained exclusively by Sahara Reporters through salkida.com, the Abubakar Shekau faction of the dreaded Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, recorded dozens of its fighters driving into Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, in military painted trucks with little opposition from the military.

In the first 23 minutes, the video shows the Islamist insurgents’ attack on Maiduguri, displaying uniforms, shoes, ID cards, arms and ammunition the group claimed their fighters seized from the military during the attack.

The mercurial Shekau, who remains alive despite several claims by the Nigerian military that he had been killed in operations, appears in the middle of the video. Speaking in Arabic and Kanuri, he repeats some of the earlier claims by his commander, who spoke in Hausa. According to him, “It is not true that all the attackers were killed in Maiduguri on that fateful night. It is not true that we were overcome during the attack. The battle in Maiduguri was successful,” he says.

Remarkably, unlike in the past year where his video appearances were recorded indoors, the latest video features Mr. Shekau outdoors in an open field flanked by armed militants in front of armored tanks and trucks mounted with anti-aircraft machine guns.

The factional leader of Boko Haram reiterated his group’s determination to fight on, adding that there was no room for any dialogue. He cited Somalia, Afghanistan, and Syria where Islamist groups have waged longstanding wars. Mr. Shekau rebuked those who have been claiming that the Islamist group’s war around Lake Chad was over. “Our kids and grandchildren will continue from where we stopped,” he vowed.

By Sahara Reporters

CIVIL SOCIETY RAISES ALARM ON GOVERNMENT-MEDIA RELATIONS, CITING AHMAD SALKIDA

Recent developments in Nigeria have cast the relationship between government and independent journalists as well as public commentators in a disturbing veil of growing anxiety and tension. No fewer than five current governors have thrown journalists and public commentators into detention in the past few months over their comments and reports regarding public policies initiated by these government agencies. Weeks ago, Ahmad Salkida, an independent journalist whose consistency in reporting objectively on the human crisis situation in the Northeast raised the alarm, following a report he published on the released 82 Chibok girls, that his life was under renewed threat. Continue reading

The Water Wars in Northeast Nigeria

The Water Wars in Northeast Nigeria

Amsatu is in her mid – 20’s and has just gone into labour for her fourth child. News has begun to go round in the village in Yunusari Local Government Area. Amsatu’s husband was seen walking breathlessly to the scene of the delivery in the house with the prominent traditional birth attendant in the village. On hearing the arrival of newborn, the women began to take their empty water cans to embark on a walk to the neighbouring village to fetch water. Water would be the most precious article in Amsatu’s home and the women would trek the 11 kilometre distance to fetch water.
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WHY CHIBOK GIRLS FREEDOM CONTINUES AS MIRAGE

The biographer of “Muhammadu Buhari: The challenge of leadership in Nigeria,” Professor John Paden, revealed that the leadership of Boko Haram demanded 5 billion Euros as ransom for the release of the abducted girls, based on today’s exchange rate this comes to about 1.7 trillion Naira. Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information took it further in a recent press briefing. According to him, “on 4th August, 2015, the persons who were to be part of the swap arrangements and all others involved in the operation were transported to Maiduguri, Borno State. This team, with the lead facilitator, continued the contact with the group holding the Chibok girls… All things were in place for the swap, which was mutually agreed. Expectations were high. Unfortunately, after more than two weeks of negotiation and bargains, the group, just at the dying moments, issued new set of demands, never bargained for or discussed by the group before the movement to Maiduguri.”

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Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Ahmad Salkida

Nigerian military threatens journalist for not revealing sources – CPJ

Abuja, Nigeria, August 18, 2016 — The Nigerian military should cease threatening freelance journalist Ahmad Salkida with prosecution for not acting as an informer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The military has said the journalist could face terrorism charges if he does not provide it with information he gained in the course of his reporting on the militant group Boko Haram.
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RE NIGERIAN ARMY DECLARES AHMAD SALKIDA, (AMBASSADOR) AHMED U BOLORI AND AISHA WAKIL WANTED

My attention has been drawn to a public notice put out by the Nigerian Army and signed by Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations. The statement declaring me wanted seeks culpable grounds to punish me on account of “last two videos released by Boko Haram terrorists and other findings…” by the Army.

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