Category Archives: Nigerian Current Affairs

#BokoHaram Infiltration into Cameroon


 

Good reports on how Boko Haram has infiltrated into Nigeria’s neighbour Cameroon. Boko Haram allegedly take advantage of the huge border between Nigeria and Cameroon to go backwards and forwards between both countries to recruit members and stage attacks.

 

Locals in Cameroon claim that Boko Haram members quickly bury their dead who are killed in attacks to prevent them from being identified.

 

One of the most tragic ironies is that thousands of Nigerians have fled from Nigeria into its poorer, smaller, less resourced neighbour Cameroon.

http://www.voanews.com/content/in-cameroon-bodies-of-boko-haram-fighters-quickly-disappear/1956969.html

The Nigerian Billionaire that Wants to Negotiate with #BokoHaram


Great interview with former Abia State Governor Uzor Orji Kalu, who is also also a billionaire and one of Nigeria’s richest men. Kalu is a friend of other Nigerian billionaires such as Aliko Dangote and Mike Adenuga. Kalu has offered to negotiate with Boko Haram and claims the security challenge of Boko Haram could result in Goodluck Jonathan being Nigeria’s last ever president:

“There was a time when news of bombing and terrorism was synonymous to countries like Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. Nigeria is now at that point. We are now like those countries. This is what we have become. If care is not taken, Goodluck Jonathan would be the last president we’ve had in this country.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2014/07/16/the-nigerian-millionaire-who-wants-to-negotiate-with-boko-haram/?&_suid=140578562363007233305675908923

Nigeria’s “Boko Haram Economy”


http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/15/the_boko_haram_economy?utm_content=buffer7be58&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Interesting article in Foreign Policy about how the Boko Haram insurgency is fuelled by Nigeria’s bleak economic and demographic stats:

In Borno State:

  1. More than 98% of children aged under 2 are not vaccinated.
  2. 83% of young people are illiterate.
  3. 48.5% of children do not go to school.

Overall more than 60% of Nigeria’s population is aged under 25, and Nigeria spends less than 1% of its GDP on health (one of the lowest rates of health spending in the world).

 

 

Interview with #BringBackOurGirls Coordinator Dr. Oby Ezekwezili


https://audioboo.fm/boos/2327364-interview-with-bring-back-our-girls-coordinator?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Interview with a #BokoHaram Spiritual Leader


https://soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/newsday-interview-with-a-spiritual-teacher-within-boko-haram?ocid=socialflow_twitter

 

In this interview a man who identified himself as a spiritual leader in Boko Haram said the Chibok girls will not be released until the Nigerian government releases all detained Boko Haram members. He claimed the girls are physically well, being well fed, and that Boko Haram do not differently treat Muslim and Christian girls. He claimed the girls “don’t have any problem”.

 

 

Christine Amanpour Interviews Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on #BringBackOurGirls


BBC Hardtalk Interview with Doyin Okupe


http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b045ln31/hardtalk-doyin-okupe-senior-adviser-to-nigerias-president

“We have Al Qaida in west Africa” – Air Marshal Alex Badeh (Chief of Defence Staff)


 

This is a video clip of Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh where he said the military knows where the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls are being held. Badeh was addressing a live crowd of demonstrators in Abuja. Excerpts from what he said:

 

“The good for the girls is we know where they are but we cannot tell you. We cannot come and tell you military secrets here. Just leave us alone – we are working. We will get the girls back…We have Al Qaida in west Africa. I believe it 100%… People from outside Nigeria are in this war. They are fighting us. They wants to destablise our country, and some people in this country are standing with the forces of darkness. No! We must salvage our country.”

 

http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/05/27/nigerian-military-on-abducted-girls-we-k?videoId=313094309

 

Nigerian Muslims (Including Sultan of Sokoto) Pray for Peace


 

Prominent Nigerian Muslims (including the Sultan of Sokoto and the Vice-President Namadi Sambo) gathered to pay for peace in Nigeria. The Sultan said that terrorists are everywhere, and that the Boko Haram crisis is worse that the civil war since during the civil war, you at least knew who your enemy was.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27569909

TV Interview with a Boko Haram Member


 

CBS television interview with a Boko Haram member in Abuja who called himself “Saleh Abubakar”. He claims the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls “willingly” converted to Islam, and that more schoolgirls will be abducted.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5sQUswN-cI

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