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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Time to discard Nigeria’s patronage system

Almost everyone agrees that the problems in Nigeria or failure to address problems is a consequence of the country’s failing institutions. Others argue that there are no institutions at all; if there are, they do not just function. The current band of lawmakers responsible for enacting laws cannot do away with ambiguities to strengthen institutions; if they do, many of them will have no role in government, going by their antecedents.
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STILL ON NIGERIA’S POLITICAL FOUNDATIONS.

It is far-fetched for anyone to think that Nigeria will just wake up one day to become like Singapore, one of the world’s most successful societies since human history began or even to frog jump to the level of the United Arab Emirates, UAE, a country that has achieved mastery over natural barriers to emerge as a model of social cohesion, creative innovation and a cultural melting pot to the rest of the world. Both societies by sheer planning and commitment to process have within a generation scaled over the basic needs of human existence, such as food, shelter, healthcare, education and employment. Each of these countries functioning well under carefully foundated template. And so, the leaders now have set their eyes on the future.

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Boko Haram: It’s About Human Lives, Not Territories

Nigeria has been known with a rather disturbing attitude of placing a deplorable value on the lives of her citizens. It seems to run in the veins of successive administrations. And none has been more disturbing than the inclination to celebrate the much hyped technical defeat of Boko Haram over and above the continual massacre of defenceless citizens in the war ravaged North East Nigeria as well as in camps holding numerous distressed internally displaced persons, IDPs.
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