Contrary to recent claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that Fulani herdsmen only “carry sticks,” an insight that gives a lie to this has been obtained exclusively by this reporter. In recorded audio and video materials documented by one of the leaders of the Fulani Herders’ Militia, who gave his name only as Sarkin Yaki, the group has owned up to the systemic killings in the North East and North Central states of Nigeria.
“Our dear childrens, husbands, relations and the entire nation need us back home. To our able organisations please hear our cry for mercy. We are really helpless and hopeless, please rescue us and vindicate us, our families need us back and the entire nation at large,” they said in a handwritten note deliberately unedited by SaharaReporters, which was passed on through a secondary source to Ahmad Salkida, the Nigerian journalist with the deepest knowledge of Boko Haram and the insurgency.
On Thursday, 1st March, 2018, the Islamic State affiliate in West Africa (ISWAP), also known as Boko Haram attacked and overran a heavily guarded military facility in the small town of Rann in Northern Borno state. The invading forces wreaked remarkable havoc, with scores of casualties on soldiers and international aid workers. Three persons, a nurse and two midwives, connected with the work of some international aid agencies in the Lake Chad region were kidnapped. The ISWA forces also carted away military hardwares, arms and ammunition from the military base. It is not certain the exact casualty figures to the army.
There is an ugly, depressing reality of Nigeria that beggars understanding. The leaders and the institutions they run have generally been skewed to revere and pamper themselves as the demi-gods, while utterly placing no value on the lives and aspirations of ordinary citizens outside the circle of the ruling elites. The public systems and institutions are not designed for problem solving mechanisms. Which is why the culture of public blame is a pastime of both the political class and the military jackboots. The buck starts with the rulers and must be forced to stop with the hoi poloi and the retched dregs. There’s frequently a problem here, a crisis, there always. But not once do you see the engagement of clear-headed thinking to dissect the problem with a view to bring an elaborate solution.
Contrary information Nigerians and indeed the world has been fed with by the Federal Government and the military, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, has refuted all claims by Nigerian military that he has been wounded or killed, saying “I am alive and well.” In two videos just released to Sahara Reporters by Ahmad Salkida, a journalist that specializes in reporting conflict in Lake Chad region, Shekau, also said he is not done with waging war against the Nigerian government.
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“I am not wounded, I am ready to fight and will continue to fight,” he said as he read from a prepared speech in Hausa and flanked left and right by well-armed lieutenants.
Shekau also claimed responsibility for the air force helicopter that crashed recently, although, the military authority had earlier told Nigerians that the helicopter came down as a result of technical issues.
The video also showed some girls alleged to be some of the remaining Chibok School Girls saying that they are not willing to go home because they have been converted to Islam. The Boko Haram video also paraded some women believed to be police officers who were abducted in June 2017, the women sobbed as a Boko Haram speaker recited the Qur’an before asking some of them to speak on video, it appears they’re under duress as they were surrounded by armed Boko Haram fighters.
The videos which also show Shekau firing relentlessly from his gun were released today, Monday, January 15, 2018 and it also showed some members of the sect who were heavily armed operating freely in an open.
Source: Sahara Reporters, New York.
Amid reports of heavy casualties sustained by the Boko Haram terror group, led by Abubakar Shekau, the group released a 16 minute video apparently showing it still has the capability to bring down military aircraft, hold its ground, and even fend off forces in the Sambisa forest.
A beat reporter provides much more than the what, who, when, where and why of reporting his or her corner of the world. If the reporter is good, indeed diligent at what he does, it shows in the steps he takes to go beyond the superficial, delves in deeper, enriching the reader, the viewer and the public who are invested with the right to know. Journalism is a service that promotes understanding of issues. That was what I aspired to be when I started my journalism career over 17 years ago. When I started with the ‘Boko Haram’ story, in July 2006, the group was only known and mostly referred to as ‘Almajiren Mallam Mohammed Yusuf,’ or the followers of Mohammed Yusuf I also aimed at making a mark.
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.
Boko Haram Captives
Following SaharaReporter’s exclusive June 20 report on a vicious Boko Haram attack on a joint police/military convoy near Maiduguri which embarrassed and caught dozens of policemen off guard, the leadership of the militant group has released a video through journalist Ahmad Salkida of Salkida.com.
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.