by, Brownie Marie | Christian Today | h/t Trop
It was revealed this week that Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram beheaded a six-year-old boy on June 1 because he was a Christian.
The attack occurred in Attagara, Gwoza district, Borno State – a predominately Christian community, according to Voice of the Martyrs.
Over 100 militants descended upon the village, slaughtering men, women, and children.
Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed Christians and Shiite Muslims across Borno and Yobe States in an increasingly deadly campaign to establish an extremist, Sunni Muslim reign.
The assault on Attagara occurred as Sunday church services were beginning, according to Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). Boko Haram slashed the villagers with machetes, and fired upon them with assault weapons.
One villager, Sawaltha Wandala, was arriving at church for the second service when he saw children being massacred. One six-year-old boy had been slashed and thrown into a ditch, but he was alive. Wandala picked him up and was carrying him to a hospital in Cameroon, when he was stopped by five of the militants.
The men reportedly took the child from Wandala’s arms and beheaded him, then began beating the 55-year-old with tree branches. After striking him in the head with a rock, they left him for dead.
Two days later the militants returned, attacking Attagara and other villages in Gwoza. VOM reported that approximately 200 people were killed in the two-day assaults.
John Yakuba and his family survived the Attagara attacks and fled to Cameroon, but Yakuba returned to their home to retrieve their animals and some of their belongings. The family faced starvation at a refugee camp, and Yakuba hoped to sell the animals to support them.
Boko Haram members saw Yakuba entering his home, however, and captured him.
“We know you’re John,” they said to him, according to VOM. “You must convert to Islam or else you will die a painful death.”
When Yakuba refused to denounce Christ, they tied his arms and legs to a tree, and hacked his hands with a knife.
“Can you become a Muslim now?” the militants asked.
“You can kill my body, but not my soul,” Yakubu cried out.
The men continued to cut his feet and back with a machete and knife to torture him.
“We will show you,” they said.
Yakuba’s head was slashed, and an axe was driven into his knee, reaching the bone.
He lost consciousness and was left tied to the tree for three days before someone found him, after which he was taken to the hospital in a coma.
When Yakuba recovered sufficiently to be interviewed, he offered a message of peace to his attackers.
“I have forgiven the Islamic militants, because they did not know what they are doing,” he told VOM.
Boko Haram became internationally known after kidnapping over 270 children from an all-girls school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 14. A second mass kidnapping occurred on May 4 in Warabe. Over 200 girls remain missing.
by, Michael Carl | World Net Daily (WND)
Christians under attack by Muslims terrorists in Nigeria are being warned to defend themselves, because the government won’t do it.
“Fight them,” said Rachel Ehrenfeld, director of the American Center for Democracy and the Economic Warfare Institute.
“Unless the non-Muslims in Africa fight the jihadists, they’ll become refugees, enslaved or killed,” she said.
Her comments came just as Christians in the northern Nigeria town of Gwoza were attacked by the jihadist group Boko Haram, killing 100 people and burning several buildings.
Ehrenfeld said Christians “have to be able to fend for themselves, because they can’t rely on the government.”
A former military intelligence officer who served with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, Paul Hair, agrees.
Hair told WND Nigerian Christians might have to adopt the tactics of Christians and other non-Muslims in the Central African Republic.
“They might have to fight back brutally with whatever weapons they have. They’re going to need a high desire to achieve complete victory,” he said.
“What else can the Nigerian Christians do if they don’t want to be wiped out? If the government can’t help them, and it’s increasingly questionable if it can, then what use is appealing to it? The U.S. is heavily involved in Nigeria, but the Nigerian Christians shouldn’t expect help from the United States,” Hair said.
He said the American government is allowing its dislike of the Nigerian government’s social policies to interfere with helping counter jihad.
“The heavy U.S. involvement is complicated, and there are certain things the U.S. government doesn’t like about the Nigerian government that is partially hindering whatever working relationship the two governments have. Furthermore, the current U.S. leadership has bizarre priorities in Nigeria, like [Secretary of State John] Kerry’s concerns over Nigeria’s ban on same-sex marriage,” Hair said.
Boko Haram: Terror, Blood & Death
WND reported last week the Obama administration was withholding intelligence from the Nigerian government because of a policy difference over same-sex marriage.
Hair noted to WND there are Christian communities that have faith-based objections to arms while Muslims do not.
“There also isn’t an international community of Christians that are going to help the Nigerian Christians with fighting. When Muslim or Arab communities around the world want to fight, there are no shortages of wealthy groups, not to mention national governments, who will help them in some sort of military capacity if the circumstances are right,” he said.
“That doesn’t exist for Christians anywhere in the world. At most, the international Christian community can offer aid and pleas to governments. Other than that, they can do nothing,” Hair said.
He did note evidence Nigerians are working together for security through a Civilian Joint Task Force. A report in May said organized villagers fought off a Boko Haram attack.
International Christian Concern Africa said Boko Haram previously targeted Christians in Gwoza.
A spokesman said the situation for Christians in northern Nigeria continues to deteriorate as Boko Haram is “now carrying out a mass-land grab for radical Islam.”
“For weeks, the insurgency has laid waste to once peaceful villages, destroyed bridges and erected toll booths for terrorism, and not just in Nigeria.”
Hussein Solomon, senior professor in the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, said the Nigerian military isn’t trained to defend the nation.
“African militaries are not trained to keep citizens safe but to keep regime elites safe from the citizens. They are not soldiers but thugs meant to keep unarmed civilians in line. When having to deal with the likes of Boko Haram, they crumble,” Solomon said.
by, Ludovica Iaccino | International Business Times (IBT) | h/t Trop
Fears are growing that Boko Haram terror group is using the 220 girls it abducted in Chibok last April as suicide bombers.
Speculations come as two students were killed and eight were injured in a suicide bombing at a university in Kano, northwest Nigeria. Information Nigeria reported the suicide bomber was a girl.
Thirteen people were later killed as two women blew themselves up in two mosques in the town of Potiskum, Yobe State.
The same day, Nigerian authorities arrested two suspected Boko Haram members travelling with a 10-year-old girl who was carrying explosives.
According to local daily Punch, two female suicide bombers struck in different parts of Kano killing and injuring many people while Muslims had gathered together to celebrate Eid, the end of Ramadan.
A woman also blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria killing three people. Anothersuicide bomber struck in a supermarket; nobody was killed.
A 15-year-old girl was reported to have blown herself up near a temporary university site with five police officers suffering minor injuries.
Members of the #BringBackOurGirls group, created after the Chibok girls were abducted, fear the girls are being forced by the terrorists to carry out suicide attacks.
Former education minister Oby Ezekwesili urged the Nigerian government not to “move on,” as the Chibok girls may be “indoctrinated or coerced into being used as suicide bombers”.
“This new trend and serial pattern of female suicide bombers surely should particularly worry us,” she said.
“Female suicide bombers are again and again becoming the trend and our Chibok girls are still in the enemy’s den. It worries me stiff. Are we thinking? Our Chibok girls really need to be rescued from the clutches of evil.”
The Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) urged the government to investigate the identity of the female suicide bombers.
“In the event that these female suicide bombers are identified to have been the same kidnapped girls, then the government should immediately deploy all resources and strategies to bring to an end, once and for all, this shameful scenario, since the military have repeatedly stated that they are aware of the whereabouts of the kidnaped Chibok girls,” the organisation said.
Political blogger Japheth Omojuwa suggested that Boko Haram might be using the girls for suicideattacks, to save its members for combat.
Who are Boko Haram?
Boko Haram – which translates from Hausa into ‘Western education is forbidden’ – wants to impose sharia law in Nigeria.
The militants, currently led by Abubakar Shekau, are known for targeting civilians and government members who oppose the Islamisation of the country.
The group carries out its attacks primarily in northern Nigeria, where three states – Borno, Yobe and Adamawa – have been under a state of emergency since May.
Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths between 2002 and 2013.
Kidnapped Christian Girls Being Gang-Raped Then Stoned to Death or shot by Muslim Men
by, Obinna Akukwe | Spy Ghana | h/t Trop
One of the latest revelation in the ordeal of over 250 abducted Chibok girls and another 250 Christian girls abducted in villages near Chibok was that they are being gang raped and shot for being Christians. This was the summary of the revelations by Senator Zanna representing Born Central Senatorial District According to an interview he granted an online media, the senator said that “.Actually the information I’m getting, some of them are very disturbing. Although I don’t want to mention but they are just raping the girls on camera and even showing them on video, releasing it to the public”.
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Christian Girl Buried in the Ground Then Stoned to Death:
“Somebody told me that they were shown being raped, and in turn, it is the girl who was raped that came out kneeling down and begging the man to be patient. Do you know the reason why? They said when they rape them they shoot them. Therefore the girl after being raped, she curled down to the man, kneeling down and begging him to please be patient. So disturbing”.
Senator Khalifa Ahmed Zanna, though a Muslim, was previously accused by former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff of being a Boko Haram sponsor who sponsors people outside the country for trainings in terrorism, but since this Chibok abducted started, he has shown great concerns over the fate of the abducted girls even more than the Federal Government and had almost on weekly basis released information that might aid in the release of the girls to the security agents .
Senator Zanna just like Dr Peregrino Brimah , another Muslim, have tried all with their powers to know whether the Federal Government can step up in its fight against Boko Haram and permit the arming of local hunters and vigilante to go after the abductors of the girls The sympathy shown by these Muslim leaders are commendable and if many others had shown the same interest, probably this monster called Boko Haram would not have risen. . I want to insist that all Muslims are not in support of Boko Haram and will never be, however, the infidels raping, videoing and shooting my fellow Christians of the opposite sex are Muslims and they are doing it in the name of Allah.
Initially these girls were abducted to be used as sex slaves because they are Christians and in the name of Allah. Boko Haram avoided all Muslim dominated schools and targeted Chibok to kidnap and rape innocent ‘infidel’ Christians. Later they were married to some old men with syphilis, gonorrhoea and staphylococcus in the name of Allah. A man whose age was past sixty was captured by Civilian JTF in Borno in May and he confessed that he has married two of the girls. Obviously, with his capture, the two girls would be rotated to other sex starved insurgents all in the name of Allah. Later they were forced to convert to Islam and now they are being raped and killed.
The latest news from sources within CAN and others claimed that insurgents who couldn’t share in the Chibok girls wife spoils have convinced the leadership of Boko Haram to bring out the girls for serial raping and execution. Senator Zanna confirmed that one of the girls so raped was begging her rapists to be patient for her to recover from the just concluded rape and surrender willingly for another round for fear of being shot like others. This is the level of atrocities being committed in the name of Allah and yet the Muslim communities in Nigeria have not deemed it fit to fight these murderers and protect the name of Allah from being desecrated. Adherents of this religion of peace have not deemed it fit to enforce the peace in their faith by declaring all out war against these Boko Haram members whose activities are inimical to the peaceful co-existence of Nigeria.
This Chibok issue has brought about the heartlessness of certain sections of adherents of this religion .It has also brought about the powerlessness of moderate and conservative Muslims who have found it difficult to tame these groups of persons dragging the name of Allah to the mud.
Shehu Shagari, Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar,Raji Fashola,Bola Tinubu are all adherents of Allah and during the periods they held sway in government, they did not disgrace the name of Allah. While Buhari was known to have fought corruption, Shagari gave the South East infrastructural boost. Tinubu fought Obasanjo’s hegemony and executive recklessness while Fashola developed Lagos astronomically, and when he illegally deported some Igbo destitutes, he later apologized for his mistakes. Therefore there are many good adherents of Allah but the evil ones like Mallam Shekau had dragged the name of this deity to the mud.
Abducting, serially raping and now mercilessly shooting some forcefully impregnated Christian girls in the name of Allah is a time bomb that will consume both the sponsors of Boko Haram and all the persons who through acts of commission or omission aided the spread of this wickedness
God is warning those playing with the issue of these abducted girls that if the blood of these girls are wasted as we carry on our normal businesses, we are opening doors of unimaginable violence in the nation such that everybody will bear the consequences. The patience of the Christian community in Nigeria should not be taken for granted. The Muslim community in Nigeria should lead the onslaught against their brothers who have gone astray from the tenets of Islam and became rapists and murderers and President Jonathan and his Federal Government should not hesitate to arm the Borno residents who have shown willingness to pursue Mallam Shekau and his band of killers . The earlier we do that and deliver these Chibok Christian girls and others from serial gang-raping and death,the better, before the consequences of this evil falls on the entire nation.
by, Associated Press (AP) | The Washington Post | h/t Trop
BAUCHI, Nigeria — Suspected Islamic extremists sprayed gunfire at worshippers and torched four churches Sunday in a village just miles from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped, witnesses said.
At least 30 bodies have been recovered but more are turning up in the bushes, where people tried to escape from Kwada village, said a member of a vigilante group that has had some successes in repelling attacks.
“They killed dozens of people and burned houses after attacking worshippers,” survivor Mallam Yahi told The Associated Press by telephone from Chibok town, to which he escaped.
Some of the church buildings destroyed included the Protestant Church of Christ in Nigeria, the Pentecostal Deeper Life Bible Church and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa, which is Hausa for Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, Yahi said. The last was started by American missionaries from Illinois in the 1920s.
Yahi said the attackers went on to neighboring Kautikari, where they gunned down villagers and burned down homes. The vigilante said they had not yet reached Kautikari so did not know what the death toll was there.
Police spokesman Gideon Jubrin said he could not confirm the attack because bad communications have kept officials from reaching the nearest security post at Chibok, though Associated Press reporters were able to make cell phone calls to the town. Chibok is the town in northeast Borno state from which more than 200 girls were abducted in April. Officials say 219 girls remain captive. Kwada is 10 kilometers (six miles) and Kautikari seven kilometers (four miles) away.
Angry Chibok residents said soldiers were slow to respond to news of the attack, and the vigilantes said that once they reached Kwada, the soldiers refused to confront the extremists directly, only shooting at them from a distance outside the village. They spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the military.
Boko Haram extremists attacked a military camp in the neighboring local government area of Damboa last week and killed at least 51 soldiers. Survivors said they came in armored personnel carriers mounted with anti-aircraft guns and were armed with rocket launchers and submachine guns much heavier than the soldiers’ AK47 assault rifles. The insurgents abducted many soldiers who remain missing, they said.
Boko Haram extremists are demanding the release of detained fighters in return for the kidnapped girls. Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has been criticized for the slow reaction to the abductions and failure to swiftly rescue the girls. The United States has drones flying to help locate them and other nations have sent experts to help, but negotiations appear stalled.
Nigeria’s military has said it knows where they are but fears any military campaign could get them killed.
Jonathan on Sunday condemned other recent attacks — Friday’s bombing of a hotel that local reports identified as a brothel in Bauchi state, also in the northeast, and sectarian killings of sedentary farmers who are mainly Christian by alleged Fulani Muslim herders in northern Kaduna state.
“The president commiserates with all the families who lost loved ones in the heinous attacks and extends his heartfelt sympathies to all those who suffered injuries or lost their properties during the wanton assaults on Bauchi and Kaduna States,” said a statement. He promised the attackers would be brought to book.
Jonathan made no mention of the near-daily attacks Boko Haram extremists have been mounting in the area around Chibok, an enclave of mainly Christian people in the majority Muslim north of the country. Bauchi and Kaduna states are governed by Jonathan’s ruling People’s Democratic Party while Borno is held by an opposition governor.
A year-long military state of emergency in three northeastern states, all held by political opponents of Jonathan, has failed to curb the 5-year-old Islamic uprising that has killed thousands of people. The militants have increased the tempo and deadliness of attacks this year, with more than 2,000 people estimated killed compared to 3,600 in all four previous years.
Boko Haram also has increased its theater of operations to bombings in several northern towns and the capital, Abuja, in central Nigeria. Politicians say some attacks in central Nigeria are being mounted by extremists disguised as Fulani herdsmen.
Boko Haram is blamed for last week’s bombing of a shopping mall in Abuja, the capital in central Nigeria, that killed 24 people. Boko Haram claimed two separate bomb attacks at an Abuja bus station in April that killed more than 120 people and wounded about 200.
The extremist want to enforce an Islamic state in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, the continent’s biggest oil producer and its most populous nation of about 170 million people divided almost equally between a majority Muslim north and mainly Christian south.
Faul reported from Lagos, Nigeria Associated Press video journalist Lekan Oyekanmi contributed to this report from Abuja.
by, George Okoje and Benjamin Isaiah | All Africa | h/t Trop
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has said that no fewer than 750 churches have so far been burnt by the highly dreaded terrorist sect known as Boko Haram.
The religious organization, which lamented the loss after its emergency National Advisory Council meeting at Ajao Estate in Lagos, called on the federal government to compensate the families of those killed by the insurgents.
PFN national president Rev. Felix Omobude, who spoke on behalf of the body, said the church has been a major victim of the horrendous terrorist attacks in Nigeria.
The PFN boss said, “We have lost at least 750 churches in the north to attacks by terrorists. Our worry of late is that churches that are making efforts to rebuild are facing difficulty in that part of the country to secure necessary permits.
“We do not want to believe that there is deliberate effort to discriminate against the church, even though churches in the North have, over the years, experienced difficulty with obtaining necessary approvals for their buildings.”
Omobude solicited for express approval of the applications by churches to rebuild their places of worship and schools for the sake of fairness and equity.
He emphasized that there was the need for government to compensate the families of those killed by Boko Haram as many of them were currently going through harrowing experiences.
Harping on the 2015 elections, the clergyman urged political leaders to restrain themselves and shift their focus beyond the selfish interest of winning elections to assume mantle of leadership of the country.
The PFN president also condemned the abduction of female students in Chibok and demanded their immediate release.
“We call on the federal and state governments to increase their level of cooperation as it is a battle that can only be won when we are all united. We salute the courage of the Nigerian Army and enjoin them to rededicate themselves to this cause and expedite action in ensuring the safe return of the girls.
“We challenge them to continue to stand as one, maintain unity of purpose and ensure that proper chain of command is maintained at all times. We have faith in their capacity and dedication to safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria,” Omobude said.
Boko Haram war concerns the sovereignty of Nigeria – CAS
The chief of air staff (CAS), Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, has said that the fight against insurgency, particularly the Boko Haram sect, is a war that concerns the sovereignty of Nigeria and must be fought successfully.
According to the CAS, the war requires officers and soldiers who can think out of the box to win the war, adding that Nigerians should not sympathize with the military in its campaign against insurgents but only pray for them, because they were built to fight and will not relent until victory is achieved.
The air chief stated this while addressing 156 armed forces officers who graduated from Junior Course 77 in the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna, yesterday.
The CAS, who disclosed that the officers who were trained as junior commanders were to join the operation in the north-east, pointed out that the capability of the Boko Haram terrorists cannot really match that of the military.
“I want to assure you that the war in the north-east of our country is not ‘moi-moi’. It is a serious war. This is a fight that concerns the sovereignty of our great nation.
“One of the Americans that came said the Boko Haram terrorists are not sophisticated, they are complicated. How do you undue a complicated issue? I want to recommend to you: it is simplicity. Simplicity brings about clarity.
“The Boko Haram terrorists use okada, they use Hilux. Now, what do we need to do? We need people that will think out of the box. Why would they use okada and Hilux? They want to be fast, because the capability they have cannot really match our capability. That is why we talk about asymmetric — war between unequals. So the enemy with low capability will go for unusual tactics.
“So, as you go into the field, I want to advise you: what we need is something out of the box. It is not going to be conventional. We are going to look to you to bring about the changes that are necessary.
“For me, the Boko Haram terrorist activities are a huge opportunity for the armed forces to expand capabilities. It has been a long time that we have not built on the capabilities that we had at the inception of the armed forces. So, it is a big opportunity to expand capability. So, you should be excited to join those on the field.
“Is it going to be difficult for us to win this battle? No. We don’t really need extraordinary weapons; it’s just the mind. Where did we lose it? We went around fighting wars for our neighbours in Africa, Sudan; where did we lose it? So, as you go into the field, we need you to turn things around. I must tell you that, so far, our activities are going on well, and it is just a matter of time. Hopefully, very soon, we should be celebrating not just victory over the terrorist group but that we have improved capability and that we have expanded.
“We in the Nigerian Air Force decided to partition counter-terrorism anti-terrorism, but some school of thought believes we should merge the two together. For us, the lead in the counter-terrorism should be the armed forces, which is what we are doing right now.
“The anti-terrorism is huge. That is where you have the police essentially leading the team. Of course, the Customs, Immigration — they need to do their beat at the border. And don’t forget, they have a huge kind of profile in the whole arrangement. If they allow and compromise people to come into our country, we will have a huge problem; no matter your efforts at counter, once the borders are loose, all your efforts would be defeated. So, we need to work together.”
Meanwhile, the commandant of the college, Air vice Marshal John Chris Ifemeje, told the graduating students who are army captains and their equivalents in the Air Force and Navy, and two from the Republic of Gambia to be good ambassadors of the college in their respective services and countries.
The students who were in the college for 22 weeks’ training were later conferred with Passed Junior Staff Course (PJSC), while outstanding officers among them were honoured with prizes.
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by, BBC News – Africa
The Nigerian military say they know where the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are but they will not attempt a rescue.
Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff said it was “good news for the parents,” although he admitted the military would not risk “going there with force.”
More than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram gunmen from their school in northern Nigeria in April.
Earlier, the BBC learned that a deal to release some of the girls was close but was called off by the government.
The BBC’s Will Ross in Abuja says an intermediary met leaders of the Islamist group and visited the place where they were being held.
He says agreement was almost reached to release 50 of the girls in exchange for the release of 100 Boko Haram prisoners.
But the Nigerian government pulled out of the deal after President Goodluck Jonathan attended a conference on the crisis in Paris. The reasons for the withdrawal are unclear.
Nigeria’s government is under pressure to do more to tackle the group and bring about the girls’ release.
Thousands of people have died since Boko Haram began a violent campaign against the Nigerian government in 2009 and in the subsequent security crackdown.
Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said on Monday that “the good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are” but said he couldn’t reveal the location.
“But where they are held, can we go there with force? We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he added.
Mr Badeh was addressing demonstrators who had marched to the Ministry of Defence in Abuja to protest against the government’s response.
“Nobody should come and say the Nigerian military does not know what it’s doing,” he told the crowd. “We know what we are doing.”
“The president is solidly behind us. The president has empowered us to do the work,” Mr Badeh said.
The girls, who were mainly Christian, are thought to be held in a remote forested area of the north-eastern Borno state, close to the border with Chad and Cameroon.
Nigeria previously insisted it would not agree to free Boko Haram members in return for their release but the information ministry insisted that all options were on the table.
The UK, the US, China and France are among those countries to have sent teams of experts and equipment to help to locate the girls.
Who are Boko Haram?
- Founded in 2002
- Initially focused on opposing Western education – Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language
- Launched military operations in 2009 to create Islamic state
- Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria – also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja
- Some three million people affected
- Declared terrorist group by US in 2013
- Two teenage girls found tied to trees in a clearing in the Nigerian bush
- Had been beaten, raped and left to die in sweltering heat by Boko Haram
- Found a week after 276 girls were taken from a school in Ba’ale, Chibok
- Found by Baba Goni, 15, who was held hostage by the group for two years before escaping
- Here brave young man tells of Boko Haram’s reign of terror in his village
by, Barbara Jones | The Daily Mail | h/t Trop
Their faces scratched and bleeding, the pitiful remains of their once-smart school uniforms ripped and filthy, the two teenage girls were tethered to trees, wrists bound with rope and left in a clearing in the Nigerian bush to die by Islamist terror group Boko Haram.
Despite having been raped and dragged through the bush, they were alive – but only just – in the sweltering tropical heat and humidity.
This grim scene was discovered by 15-year-old Baba Goni. ‘They were seated on the ground at the base of the trees, their legs stretched out in front of them – they were hardly conscious,’ says Baba, who acted as a guide for one of the many vigilante teams searching for the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted from their school last month by Boko Haram – and now at the centre of a concerted international campaign for their freedom.
The horrific scene he and his comrades encountered, a week after the kidnap early on April 15, was in thorny scrubland near the village of Ba’ale, an hour’s drive from Chibok, where 276 girls aged 16 to 18 were taken from their boarding school dormitories – with 223 still missing. It was still two weeks before social media campaigns and protests would prick the Western world’s conscience over the abduction.
In the days following their disappearance, rag-tag groups such as Baba’s, scouring the forests in a convoy of Toyota pick-up trucks, were the girls’ only hope.
But hope had already run out for some of the hostages, according to Baba, when his group spoke to the terrified inhabitants of the village where Boko Haram had pitched camp with their captives for three days following the kidnap.
The chilling account he received from the villagers, though unconfirmed by official sources, represents the very worst fears of the families of those 223 girls still missing.
Four were dead, they told him, shot by their captors for being ‘stubborn and unco-operative’. They had been hastily buried before the brutish kidnappers moved on.
‘Everyone we spoke to was full of fear,’ said Baba. ‘They didn’t want to come out of their homes. They didn’t want to show us the graves. They just pointed up a track.’
The tiny rural village, halfway between Chibok and Damboa in the besieged state of Borno in Nigeria’s north-east, had been helpless to stop the Boko Haram gang as it swept through on trucks loaded with schoolgirls they had taken at gunpoint before torching their school.
Venturing further up the track, Baba and his fellow vigilantes found the two girls. Baba, the youngest of the group, stayed back as his friends took charge.‘They used my knife to cut through the ropes,’ he said. ‘I heard the girls crying and telling the others that they had been raped, then just left there. They had been with the other girls from Chibok, all taken from the school in the middle of the night by armed men in soldiers’ uniforms.
‘We couldn’t do much for them. They didn’t want to talk to any men. All we could do was to get them into a vehicle and drive them to the security police at Damboa. They didn’t talk, they just held on to each other and cried.’
For Baba, a peasant farmer’s son who has never been out of rural Borno, it was shocking to see young girls defiled and brutalised by the notorious terrorists he knew so well.
But his own life has been full of tragedy and he told how he had ‘seen much worse’ than the horror of that day in the forest clearing.
A bright-eyed Muslim boy from the Kanuri ethnic group, proud of a tribal facial scar and nicknamed ‘Small’ by all who know him because of his short, slim frame, he described a happy childhood with three brothers and two sisters in Kachalla Burari, a collection of mudhouses not far from Chibok.
Without electricity or running water, the children spent their days helping on their father’s subsistence farm, planting maize and beans and millet.
Baba and his friends used home-made catapults to shoot birds and in the rainy season fished in the river with bent hooks. But by his tenth birthday, the scourge of the radical Islamist Boko Haram was creeping up on everyone in Borno State.
Baba and his siblings attended a local madrassa, or religious school, where they learnt the Koran, but he had no formal teaching and cannot read or write to this day.
By 2009, Boko Haram were becoming active in his area, peddling their message of hatred to Christians, but also turning on Muslims they branded as informers. Nigeria’s chaotic military was incapable of defending itself or its citizens.
Baba’s village life came under siege. There were attacks on the Christian population in the region, with bank robberies funding the gang. Disaffected, unemployed youths from local families were recruited and neighbours who once lived in peace now spied on one another.
One night as he slept in his family’s mudhouse in the village, the gunmen came door to door, looking for informers. ‘I heard some noise, I woke up and saw men coming through the door, shooting at my uncle who was in the bed beside mine,’ he said. ‘That was the end of my childhood, the end of everything. I saw his body covered in blood, I backed away, and the men turned their guns on me. They grabbed me roughly and took me outside to a pick-up truck.
Baba, telling his story confidently and lucidly, wants to skate over the details of his two hellish years in the Boko Haram camp in Sambisa Forest. Today there are special forces soldiers swarming over the vast nature reserve and circling overhead in surveillance aircraft.
For this slight boy, there was no such worldwide interest as he scurried back and forth at the command of a ruthless gang dug into woodland far from any help or rescue.
He remembers many of them lived with women who had come voluntarily into the camp. He never saw any girls abducted. This latest phenomenon is unknown to him. ‘There were many abducted boys, but no girls,’ he said. ‘We were all scared to death and had to do whatever we were told – fetch water, fetch firewood, clean the weapons.
‘We couldn’t make friends – you didn’t know who to trust. I was made to sleep next to the Boko Haram elders, the senior preachers. I had no special boss in the camp, I was ordered around by everybody’.
The men prayed five times a day yet would leap on their motorbikes and trucks to carry out killing sprees.
‘I knew they had started out as holy men but now I saw them as criminals, loaded with weapons and ammunition,’ he said.
As he got older, he was taught how to use an AK-47, how to strip it down and clean it, and reassemble it.
He could never understand what drove the men. They did not use alcohol or hard drugs, though he sometimes saw them smoking marijuana. They were monsters and he felt convinced they were mad.
‘They were wild, even when they prayed so loudly in groups together, making us join in. They were insane, unpredictable, and always planning their next attack. I never wanted to be one of them.
‘They slept rough every night, just taking shelter under trees in the rainy season,’ he said. ‘We all wore the same afaraja [the Nigerian long shift and trousers] day and night. We washed them when we could. We slept on mats made of palm leaves, out in the open with the trucks all parked nearby, ready for a hasty move if necessary.’
He said the fear, and the endless boredom, were his worst enemies. ‘They made us work hard so it was easy to sleep. I don’t remember crying through homesickness. I think the night when my uncle was killed in front of me did something to my feelings forever. It seems mindless, but I adapted to my life out there.’
Then came the day when he was given a ‘special’ but sickening task. One of the commanders told him he was going on a journey and would be tested for his loyalty to the group.
‘He brought two of his senior men to stand beside me. He said I would be going with them to my family’s home and I would have to shoot and kill my father.’ Baba had no time to plan. He was sandwiched between the two fanatics as they set off on a motorbike for his village home.
‘I pretended I was willing to do the job. I took the ammunition belt I was handed and clung on as we drove through the rough bush. When we were less than a mile from a nearby village, I threw the ammunition belt to the ground and pretended it had slid out of my hands.
‘They stopped to let me pick it up. Instead, I ran as fast as I could through the undergrowth. I didn’t care about thorns or snakes or anything. They shot at me and I could hear the bullets flying past and hitting the trees, but I was not going to stop for anything. I made it to the village and some kind people let me hide there.
‘The shooting would have been heard by local vigilante groups. I think that is why I wasn’t followed by the men on the bike.’
The next day Baba went home. He saw his grieving parents and siblings for the first time in two years.
‘But I couldn’t stay,’ he said. ‘I was bringing danger to their door and we all knew it.’
Confirmation of that came when Baba soon heard that vengeful Boko Haram chiefs had put a bounty on his head for his defiance of the equivalent of £12,000 – a fortune in the local economy.
‘I took a bus to Damboa, to report to the youth vigilante group,’ he said. ‘I wanted to work with them and I knew I was doing the right thing.’
His family, terrified, abandoned their home soon afterwards and today live in a remote part of Borno, rarely seeing their eldest son. He lives with a cousin who is also under a Boko Haram death threat.
He became a valuable volunteer with the vigilantes. He helps man checkpoints where Baba points out members of Boko Haram to the rest of the team.
But he was soon exposed to brutality of a different kind – this time from the government side. He helped to get one of his captors, a man he only knew as Alaji, arrested and handed to the soldiers.
‘It felt good at first, but then they shot him dead right in front of me,’ he said.
Now joining the patrols armed with a shotgun and machete, Baba has been able to give valuable intelligence to the Nigerian authorities about Boko Haram’s way of life in their camps.
‘By now I have seen this violence many times. It never gets better. It will always be an even worse sight than finding those poor schoolgirls in the forest,’ he says.
A Christian girl forcibly converted to Islam.
by, Fani-Kayode | Vanguard
Now that the operational leadership and visible face of Boko Haram, in the person of the filth called Mr. Abubakar Shekau (aka Darul Tawheed), has finally admitted that they were responsible for the abduction of hundreds of our school girls and that they intend to ‘’sell them in the market like slaves’’, it is pertinent and necessary for us to consider some of the emerging, though uncomfortable, facts.
This will enable us to understand the nature of who and what we are dealing with and allow us to consider what the appropriate response ought to be if we really want to solve the problem. Permit me to share the following facts that have been brought to my attention:
1. That the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has told us that 90 per cent of the girls that were abducted from their school at Chibok were Christians.
2. That President Goodluck Jonathan himself alluded to this during his last media chat when he said that ‘’the majority’’ of girls that were abducted were Christians.
3. That the majority of the girls that either ‘’escaped’’ or were released by their abductors were Muslims.
4. That the Governor of Borno State refused to accept the counsel and abide by the directives of WAEC that the exams should not take place in Chibok due to the precarious security situation and instead he insisted that the exams should take place there and that he would guarantee the security of the children.
5. That the Christian Association of Nigeria has formally accused the Governor of Borno State of ‘’conspiracy and collusion’’ and they have urged him to tell us exactly where the girls are and what he knows about the whole incident.
6. That the girls that have been kidnapped are being raped up to 15 times a day by their captors and that those amongst them that have refused to convert to Islam are having their throats cut (read the testimony of one of the girls that ‘’escaped’’ on page 8 of the Vanguard Newspaper, 5th April, 2014).
7. That there was not a single adult in the school grounds watching over the 278 girls that entire night apart from one security man and that there was no electricity, no generator, no principal, no matron, no house master and no house mistress in the grounds with them.
8. That the children were all alone in their dormitories that night in the blistering heat and deepest darkness before the Haramites arrived to burn their school and carried them away into captivity.
9. That the soldiers that were guarding the school in Chibok were redeployed a few hours before Boko Haram launched their attack and abducted the children.
10. That up till now pictures of the abducted girls have not been produced or released by the school authorities or the state government.
11. That this was a predominantly christian School and that Chibok is a predominantly Christian community.
In my view, these facts are relevant and instructive. When one considers them, the picture of what really happened at Chibok on that tragic night, what the real intentions of the abductors and their secret sponsors were and what is really going on now is getting clearer by the day.
Ordinarily, whether the children are Christians, Muslims, pagans or atheists really should not matter because, regardless of their faith, we want them all back and we must fight for them all to be returned to their homes and loved ones.
However, the fact that 90 per cent of them are Christian adds a sinister and frightening dimension to the whole horrific episode and it is glaring evidence of the fact that Christian girls are now being targetted by the Islamists and that those girls are being ‘’sold in the market’’, being forced to convert to Islam and being turned into sex slaves.
Let me put it on record that I am one of those that believe that the Federal Government has failed woefully in their primary duty to protect the Nigerian people and I have enunciated that position more than anyone else in this nation in numerous essays and contributions over the last three years. However, I honestly believe that, today, the problem has become so serious and pronounced and that the conflict has reached such a critical stage that criticising and lambasting the government alone will not help. The truth is that such an approach has, certainly, not achieved much in the last three years because nothing has changed.
I believe that it is time for us to change tactics in order to achieve better results even though we must not relent in demanding that our President and his security and intelligence agencies do their job properly and provide the necessary security for our people. We also need to understand and appreciate the fact that this matter goes way beyond politics. It goes way beyond whether you are for or against President Jonathan.
It goes way beyond whether you are in the APC, PDP, APGA, Labour or UPN. It goes way beyond whether you are a progressive or a conservative. It goes way beyond whether you are a christian or a muslim or whether you are from the north or the south.
The bitter truth is that regardless of wherever you come from, whatever your faith is and whichever side of the political divide you stand, we all have a duty to get to the bottom of this matter, join forces, close ranks, find out what is really going on and bring this nightmare to an end. We must join hands with all men and women of goodwill and, together, we must fight this insidious evil that seeks to envelop our land and overwhelm our people.
To be sure, there is only one thing worse than failing to protect your people and that is when you organise and mobilise some misguided and mentally unstable miscreants to use religion as a political tool and get them to blow up, kill, abduct, rape and maim innocent men, women and children in an attempt to destabilise the country, spark off a religious war, change the status qou, pull down the government, induce a military coup, dismember our country and cow the Nigerian people into submission.
That is what those who are the secret supporters and sponsors of Boko Haram are doing and attempting to achieve. They are also interested in furthering the sinister and barbaric agenda of the Taliban, the Al Nusra Front, Al Shabab, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Al Qaeda whose wish is to destroy the secular state and to establish an Islamic fundamentalist state. They wish to establish a radical new caliphate in the west African sub-region where christianity and moderate Islam is banned, where women are treated like sub-human beings and chattel and which is governed by the strictest form of Islamic Sharia law.
To this end, it is interesting to note that the evil is spreading. A glaring testimony to that sad fact is the fact that an army barracks was attacked by Boko Haram in the Camerouns on 5th April and after killing two army officers they freed all their fellow terrorists and Islamists that had been detained there.
What is going on is dangerous, bloody, vicious, heartless, brutal, deep, dark and sinister and it is a conspiracy of monumental proportions. It is a conspiracy which we have all fallen victim to. It is a conspiracy that is fuelled by secrecy and strengthened by the reluctance of those that know better and that know the truth to speak out and expose it.
It is a conspiracy that also receives massive funding and covert support from various governments and royal families in the Middle East whose support for the salfists is well known and whose wahabbi doctrines and philosophy is exceptionally dangerous. These are the type of people that we are dealing with and these are the times that we are living in.
It is good news that the international community are set to play a greater role in this fight and that they are ready to assist us in resisting terror and waging war against what is esentially a relentless and vicious global jihad.
However this is not enough. The fight is still primarily for our President and the Nigerian people to lead.
It is left for the President and his team to rise up to the occasion, tell the Nigerian people the bitter truth about all that is going on behind the scenes, remove the kid gloves, get real and fight the Haramists and their sponsors with all that he has got.
If he refuses to do it or if he is cowered into not doing so by the moderate and dovish voices that appear to be around him, he can be rest assured that sooner than later this country will break up and he will go down in history as the last President of a united Nigeria. Worse still, if he is not careful there may well be a military coup which will not be welcome by any right-thinking person and which everyone dreads. We must assist him as best as we can to ensure that this does not happen.
I have little doubt that the President knows who those that are behind Boko Haram are: it is now time for him to exercise his full powers, expose them and deal with them in a brutal and savage manner.
It is time for him to show strength and to lead us into this war against terror boldly. It is time for him to be a Commander-in Chief that we can all be proud of. It is time for him to use his full power and to detain and interrogate all those that he suspects may be linked to the terrorists.
It is time for him to rise up to the occasion and to crush the evil and the forces of darkness that have challenged our way of life, everything that is dear to us and indeed our very existence.
It is time for him to use every method known to man to vigorously fight the insurgency, including better intelligence gathering and the usage of ‘’black ops’’, ‘’wet boys’’, covert operations and maximum co-operation with various foreign and international intelligence and security agencies.
It is time for him to ruthlessly bomb the notorious and Boko Haram-infested Sambisi forest …and burn it, together with everything and everyone that is in it, to the ground. It is time for him to exercise the right of ‘’hot pursuit’’ and to pursue the Haramites into the Camerouns, Chad, the Niger Republic or anywhere else if and when it is necessary for him to ever do so.
It is time for him to prove to the world that the Nigerian people are not insensitive cowards and that we know how to fight and to protect our own. It is time for him to rise up and to exercise the full powers and authority of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is time for him to do whatever it takes to bring our girls back home and to let us hold our heads up high once again.
by, Abby Ohlheiser | The Wire | h/t Trop
As many as 300 people died in a Nigerian border town on Wednesday in what officials described as an large and vicious attack by Islamist militants. Borno’s state information commissioner Mohammed Bulama gave more details on the attack to the AP, which took place overnight in town of Gamboru Ngala. Homes and shops were set on fire, Bulama said, adding that “many, many” were presumed dead.
Nigeria’s Daily Post, citing Nigerian Senator Ahmed Zannah, said that the attack lasted for over 12 hours. Insurgents, widely believed to be part of Boko Haram, drove into the town on trucks and opened fire on crowds of people. Then, they razed the town itself. Zannah said that “The attackers stormed the communities in the night when residents were still sleeping, setting ablaze houses and shooting residents who tried to escape from the fire.”
Zannah added that the attack came about an hour after security forces stationed there moved away from the town to look into possible sightings of the Boko Haram insurgents who kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls weeks ago.
Over 1,500 people have died so far in Boko Haram attacks since the start of this year, the AP reported. The extremist group wants to remove what they believe are “western” institutions from the country (for example, education), and impose Islamic law, even though roughly half of Nigeria’s population is Christian. Yesterday, the U.S. announced that it would assist Nigeria in its unsuccessful search for the kidnapped school girls, whom Boko Haram has threatened to sell into forced marriage and slavery.
Nigeria: Research by three scholars, Anahita Ghorbani, MA, Iranian women’s rights activist and researcher; Yafiah Assoulin, PhD, Syrian women’s rights activist and researcher; and Shada Al Zahrani, MA, a Saudi journalist, women’s rights activist and researcher, have exposed the link between the Islamist terrorists operating in north east Nigeria, and the Saudi Kingdom.
The report made exclusively available to elombah.com on Monday, 14 April 2014, which told the stories of the Syrian war and its related miseries, also unraveled the Saudis’ global strategy which involves a planned attempt to take control of Syria and install a Wahhabi Islamic regime that disproportionately disavows women, deprives girls of education and basic rights, and darkens the prospects for equality between men and women in society.
According to the authors, the Saudis’ game plan is not just limited to Syria. It is also a broader and calculated drive to install Islamic political leaders and regimes in fragile regions of the world, particularly West Africa. It also aims to distort the way of life of the west through a full scale Islamination process—a process that enjoins men with the right to multiple wives and deprives women of humanity.
Boko Haram – the name means “western education is sinful” – seeks to establish an Islamic republic in Nigeria and to implement Shari’a. They say that western education and influence have corrupted Africans and that only Islamic law can save Nigeria from an endemic of corruption that is impoverishing citizens of Africa’s biggest oil producer and it’s economic powerhouse. Nowhere is more poor than the northeast, the birthplace of Boko Haram where only about 5 percent of children finish high school and only a tiny percentage of those are female.
Attacks on Schools and the kidnapping of school girls, is a major Boko haram strategy.
Although Nigeria has political leaders with Muslim backgrounds and many of its top military brass have been Muslims, the presence of Christianity and political balance of the country makes the Saudis’ impact basically irrelevant and unnoticeable in measurable ways. The Saudis understand that they can impact Nigeria in terms of increasing the Islamic dominance, they also realize that, in no way can a nation like Nigeria with its vast population and diversity revert exclusively to a Muslim state that adheres strictly to Wahhabism and Shari’a law. In spite of this, the Saudis see Nigeria as a necessary focal point because of the country’s growing influence, population, wealth and natural resources, especially oil.
The report titled, ‘The Syrian War, Saudi Arabia’s Struggle for Global Influence, and Control of Africa’, stated that the weakening control or lack of leverage by the Saudis on Nigeria is a serious concern to the Saudi Royal family and the Kingdom’s policy decision makers. This concern is what prompts the Saudis’ support for radical groups such as Boko Hiram in Nigeria. The aim of the Boko Hiram terrorist sect in Nigeria is to impose the Shari’a law and eventually ensure that Nigeria follows the strictest interpretation of Islam. Like al Qaeda, Boko Hiram has indirect financial support links to Saudi Arabia. But unlike al Qaeda, the Saudis’ support for Boko Hiram essentially involves understanding and relating the oil picture thereto.
The Saudis have made significant inroads in several western and Asian countries, cultivating an indiscreet spread of their radical theocratic system and attendant legal instrument. As one of the largest contributors of development aid – both in the volume of aid; and in the ratio of aid volume to GDP, the Saudis have infiltrated and challenged western civilizations in a very serious way, such that western way of life is under threat in the United States and Europe.
As of 2006, Saudi Arabia donated £49 billion in unspecified ‘development’ aid in the previous three decades, but exclusively to Muslims (except for one donation amounting to the equivalent of £250,000). This purported development aid has and continues to contribute to the spread of Islam, particularly the sort found in Saudi Arabia (Wahhabi’s) rather than fostering the beliefs, values, and traditions of the receiving nations and people. The effect of this has been the erosion of notable regional cultures, the report said, and continued:
“In the west, the Wahhabi’s form of Islam is perceived as the source of Islamist extremism. The Saudis have and continue to fund radical Islamic projects, programs, and influence through aid. For example, in the United Kingdom where Wahhabism is a serious concern, the Finsbury Park Mosque in London which was overseen by an Islamic extremist cleric Abu Hama until 2003, was built with Saudi government overseas aid funds. Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, James Woolsey, described Saudi Arabian Wahhabism as “the soil in which al-Qaeda and its sister terrorist organizations are flourishing.” Some in the U.S. Government also believe that the royal family, through its long and close relations with Wahhabi’s clerics, had laid the groundwork for the growth of militant groups like al-Qaeda. This and other factors, including that the Saudis continue to be the source of Islamic terrorist activities worldwide, have made her relations with the US and other Western countries to be further strained, more so that Osama bin Laden and 15 out of the 19 September 11 attacks hijackers were Saudi nationals. Proof of the Saudi’s support for extremism is evidenced by the fact that after the September 2011 attacks, the Saudis had done little to help track the militants or prevent future atrocities. Moreover, the Saudis are increasing their effort to sponsor a number of Islamic projects to implant Wahhabi’s Islamic practice in many U.S. states, notably in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, etc.
“Nigeria, the world’s sixth largest oil producer, passed its peak of production in 1979 and has estimated reserves of approximately 24 Gb. What makes Nigeria critical is the fact that it can function, with minimal investment, as a so-called “swing” producer. In the event of oil shortages there are wells, pipelines and refineries already in place and easily accessible which could accommodate a short-term increase in production to control prices or offset shortages. Shell, ChevronTexaco and TotalFinaElf have heavy investments in the country and until recently, maintained sizeable workforces there.
“Recently the US has been exerting tremendous pressure on Nigeria to withdraw from the Saudis controlled Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its strict production quotas by dangling the prospect of Imperially-funded prosperity in front of it. The appeal of African oil has drawn serious US government attention, even to the point of it sponsoring a January, 2002, Washington conference titled, “African Oil – A Priority for U.S. National Security and African Development.” This was reported in The Petroleum Supply Monthly in December of 2002 and on the World Socialist Web Site in August of the same year.
“Aside from Nigeria, the five biggest oil producers in Africa are Algeria, Libya, Egypt and Angola. The U.S. currently imports more oil from these six countries than it does from Saudi Arabia. Recent projections by the U.S. National Intelligence Council as reported in The Petroleum Supply Monthly estimate that the proportion of U.S. oil imports from sub-Saharan Africa will reach 25% by 2015.
“While it is a fact that there are no oil reserves anywhere which rival those of Saudi Arabia with approximately 250 billion barrels (Gb), or Iraq which has approximately 112 Gb, the current world consumption is approximately 1 Gb every twelve days and demand is increasing rapidly. The two critical factors are the accessibility of oil (both geologically and geographically) and how long it takes to get it to the market. It takes about six weeks for oil from the Persian Gulf to reach an American gas tank yet it takes only about two weeks for oil from West Africa to make the same journey. Equally important, oil installations in West Africa are in direct and immediate reach of US naval forces from the Atlantic Ocean. There are no political or international coalitions which need to be massaged if intervention becomes necessary. The weakening control or lack of leverage by the Saudis on Nigeria is a serious concern to the Royal family and the Kingdom’s policy decision makers. This concern is what prompts the Saudis’ support for radical groups such as Boko Hiram in Nigeria.”
Elombah.com recalls that a forensic criminologist and security co-ordinator at the American University of Nigeria, Dr. Lionel Von Frederck Rawlins recently disclosed in an interview that Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabab terrorist organisations operating in the Islamic Maghreb and Arabian peninsula have been helping members of Boko Haram carry out their operations in Nigeria.
Rawlins, a US marine, who has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Middle East and Far East as a counter-terrorist specialist, explained that Nigeria is under siege from terrorists from other lands.
He explained that Boko Haram currently receives help from other globally recognised terror groups. What you have now are “insurgents from other countries. They are trained by Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabab and other groups. They send people here to train them. They also go for training and come back but you must remember, many terrorist groups are in this together and they don’t have problem training and supporting each other because they know that one day, they can call each other for help and when they do, they expect that you will come and help. They may say ‘we need you to help us get Mali, and then you send people because they trained you, gave you funding and all the resources you need, so that was done for you to pay back. So, you are correct to say they got people to help them. There are times also that survivors report that people who came with Boko Haram to kill them were speaking a language they have never heard before; nothing out of Nigeria, so they could be French, Spanish, something from Mali, CAR, Kenya, etc. They know instinctively that it is not a Nigerian tongue which proves the fact that they bring in outsiders.”
Rawlins advised the Nigerian government to seek help in dealing with the insurgency. According to him, the Nigerian government and people “only have to ask and they will send people.
Murderer of Christians: King Abdullah bin Abdul al Saud
Saudis Forced Political Drive in Sub Sahara Africa:
Elsewhere in the West African region, the report continued, there are signs of small to mid-sized discoveries of oil which, while not affecting Peak Oil, are certainly keys to how Peak oil politics and economics will be played out. New data suggest that Liberia and parts of Sierra Leone are poised to be the basin of the West African offshore oil reservoir coming all the way from Nigeria. This clearly makes West Africa vital to the Saudis’ empire in terms of global oil price control, because failure to have political control in Liberia through religious affinity means the west will disengage the Kingdom once they have other major sources of oil exploration and imports.
The Saudis do not have much focus on and interest in North Africa and most part of the Middle East, except for Egypt and Iran. Apart from Israel and Lebanon, almost all of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa are politically governed by either strict or flexible Islamic leaders. In Lebanon, the Saudis understand that despite the relative secular nature of the country, the Hezbollah Islamic terror movement dominates public affairs and has the greatest force such that Islam will continue to remain the dominant way of life there.
The Saudis intend to use both an easy but influential means as well as forceful process to ensuring that West Africa adheres to Islamic political governance and laws. The easy means is to fund Muslim candidates and the forceful means is to support terror sects which are already ongoing in northern Mali and parts of Nigeria and the Central African Republic where the objective is the imposition of a theocracy known as Wahhabism. Through the Saudis’ financial support and connections, a well-armed and supplied Wahhabi’s movement is active in the African country of Mali. Funded by the Saudis’ royals and high liners, the Wahhabism sect has taken over most of northern Mali and has begun to, amongst other Wahhabi’s practices, destroy tombs of African kings and heritage sites. This massive influx of funds has allowed the Wahhabi’s movement in the Sahel region of Africa to expand massively. This puts non-Muslim dominated nations like Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, Togo, and Cameroon at a the risk of Islamic radicalism and its effects.
The Saudis’ radical theocracy which expresses itself in the form of Wahhabism involves murdering girls for going to school, and massacring religious pilgrims for the crime of being Christian or Buddhist heretics so on and so forth. These tendencies are already enforced under the Wahhabi’s terror group in Northern Mali and the Boko Hiram terror group in Nigeria. Soon, other countries in West Africa might begin to confront these challenges if the Saudis’ influence and money trails are not curtailed.
As is in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Iraq, Egypt and North Africa and even Syria, Saudi money, billions of dollars worth, has funded the most reactionary, extreme and violently dangerous centers of terrorism and backwardness. All of this paid for by one of the most corrupt and reactionary regimes on the planet, who just happen to be a major ally of the western regimes, the Saudi Arabian royal family.
On why they sent the report to elombah.com, a very popular online media in Nigeria, one of the authors, Anahita Ghorbani said in an email: “Our interest in uncovering this plot and expose the Saudi royal family’s plan is to extend our advocacy of women’s rights, especially the rights of Arab women. And to also ensure that there is religious and social tolerance. If the Saudi’s radical expansion of Wahhabism takes control of most parts of the world, imagine how many girls will not go to school, imagine how many women will be relegated to second class persons in their community, imagine what will happen to freedom and democracy; imagine how the streets of cities and towns will be when women are coerced to cover their faces as a way of religious obedience, imagine how many men will select to have multiple wives, imagine the increase in terror acts. Currently women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive, go to places by themselves, speak truth to their spouses and their communities, participate in political process at all levels, and associate in the open with the male counterparts. This is wrong and should not be allowed to spread to the rest of the world. This is essence of this brief informative project undertaking by us.”
by, Sylvia Eneghalu | 360 Nobs | h/t Trop
Bauchi State, Nigeria: Boko Haram men in the early hours of today April 20th attacked Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Yana, killing a 5 year old girl and setting some buildings in the staff quarters ablaze.
The Bauchi State Police spokesperson, DSP Haruna Mohammed while confirming the incident said the gunmen stole a private vehicle belonging to the principal of the school and also destroyed a bank vault.
“Unknown gunmen attacked the staff quarters of GGSS Yana, Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi State, around 2.30am on Sunday. They set the school bus ablaze; and in the process, a five-year-old girl was killed in the fire while they destroyed the vault of a bank,’’ he said
He said a combined team of security forces are on the trail of the attackers.
The Islamist terrorist group is suspected of being behind the murders of at least 200 children over the weekend.
by, The Clarion Project
At least 200 students on their way to sit exams have been massacred by the Islamist terrorist group over the weekend Boko Haram reports say. Boko Haram is a group seeking to create an independent Islamic state in north-east Nigeria.
According to Borno area Senator Zannah Ahmed insurgents arrived in two armored personnel cars and seven double cabin pickups. They drove from village to village shooting people and torching buildings. It often takes a time for news of events like this to filter through, as the villages attacked are in isolated rural areas with poor communications.
Senator Ahmed told reporters “It is a must for me to speak since people’s lives are involved and they are my people. All these are happening in my constituency and it will be wrong to keep quiet. I feel so much pained and would have not love to speak (sic) but definitely my conscience will not let me do that.”
Boko Haram, which translates as “Western Education is Forbidden” have been behind many brutal attacks on civilians during their insurgency. It was founded in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf to fight against the perceived ‘westernization’ of Nigeria. The conflict has become sectarian between the largely Muslim north and the largely Christian South. However, there are at least 370 different ethnic and cultural groups in Nigeria, with a commensurate number of languages. These divisions have made peace and unity difficult to achieve.
Schools and students have been targeted in the past, presumably because of Boko Haram’s focus on preventing western education. In February, 59 boys were killed in a massacre at a secondary school. Churches and other buildings were targeted at the beginning of the year, prompting a state of emergency to be declared in three of the northen states where Boko Haram operates.
In November 2013 the US State Department designated them as a terrorist organization. They are linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) an Algerian Islamist terrorist group.
Rare Video Shows Boko Haram Attack:
(This is NOT the attack on the students mentioned above.)
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Blood stains are seen on the floor as Kenyans inspect the site of a deadly attack at a church in Mombasa on March 23, 2014 (AFP Photo). Photo courtesy of: Yahoo News
by, AFP | Gulf News | h/t trop
NAIROBI, Kenya: Attackers shot dead four worshippers on Sunday when they burst into a church service near the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, spraying the congregation with bullets, police said.
The attack, which also left about 17 people wounded, came amid heightened warnings of a threat of Islamist violence in Kenya and despite boosted security in major cities including Mombasa.
“They were shot by gunmen who shot indiscriminately at worshippers and then fled,” said local police chief Robert Mureithi, from the Likoni district just south of Mombasa.
Two people were killed instantly, while two more later died of their injuries, the Red Cross said, adding that 17 people had been taken to hospital.
Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre said there had been “mass casualties” in the attack on an evangelical church.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Kenya has been hit by a series of attacks since sending troops into southern Somalia in October 2011 to battle the Al Qaida-linked Al Shabab insurgents.
Kenyan troops, which have since joined the African Union force in Somalia, are taking part in a fresh offensive launched this month against Al Shabab bases.
Kenya and Uganda, another key contributor of troops to the AU force, have both warned of the threat of fresh Al Shabab attacks in their own countries.
The attack on the church comes six months after Al Shabab commandos carried out the September massacre in Nairobi’s Westgate mall in which at least 67 people were killed.
The group said the carnage was retribution for Kenya’s military role in Somalia.
First aid workers carry the body of a victim who was shot dead by gunmen in a church in Likoni, near the port city of Mombasa, Kenya, 23 March 2014. At least two people were killed and several others injured when unknown gunmen stormed the Joy Jesus Church and opened fire on worshippers in Lokoni, local media reported. Photo courtesy of: Gulf News
The latest attack also comes just days after police arrested two men with a vehicle stashed full of large quantities of powerful explosives prepared in pipe bombs, which experts said would have been strong enough to bring down a major building.
Kenya’s top security chiefs warned last month of “increased threats of radicalisation” among homegrown Islamists.
Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku on Saturday said security had been beefed up in Mombasa, as well as in the capital Nairobi and other towns.
“Our officers are out there, they are doing everything possible to fight crime and terrorism,” he said in a statement.
But tensions are high between the security forces and radical Muslim youths.
Last month police raided a mosque accused of encouraging extremism in Mombasa, detaining scores of suspects whom they accused of attending a radicalisation meeting.
Several senior Muslim leaders have been gunned down on the coast, with their supporters accusing the police of state-sponsored assassinations — claims the security forces deny.
Bodies of Christians murdered in three Nigerian villages. Photo courtesy of: BosNewsLife
by, AP | ABC News
KANO, Nigeria: Officials say Fulani Muslim herders attacked three Christian villages and killed more than 100 civilians. Hundreds of thatched-roof huts were set ablaze.
Thousands have been killed in recent years in competition for land and water between mainly Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Christian farmers across Nigeria’s Middle Belt. More than 100 people were killed in similar attacks in neighboring Katsina state last week.
Christian villages burnt down by Muslims.
Chenshyi village chief Nuhu Moses said Sunday that gunmen killed more than 50 people including the pastor’s wife and children. He said the entire village in the southern part of Kaduna state was destroyed.
Local government acting chairman Daniel Anyip said about 100 people were killed in attacks on three villages Friday night.
The Southern Kaduna Indigenes Progressive Forum blamed the government for failing to take action.
Christians murdered by Muslims in Nigeria.
Editorial Footnote: Christians around the world need to wake up. Muslims HATE Christians with a passion! Their goal is to cleanse the earth of ALL Christians. Every last one. ANY Muslim that tells you any different is lying to you. Wake the hell up to reality. If “YOU” call yourself a Christian and you are not fighting the spread of Islam, you are no Christian. You are no better than the Muslim that’s slaughtering the Christians. Silence is complicity.
At least 37 Christian students murdered by Muslim terrorists. Photo courtesy of: Reporters 365
by, AFP | Yahoo News
KANO, Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 37 people in three separate attacks in northeast Nigeria, including at a theological college, a local government official and residents said on Thursday.
The coordinated attacks in Adamawa state late on Wednesday came just a day after Islamist militant fighters were blamed for killing 43 people, most of them students, as they slept at a boarding school in Yobe state.
The chairman of the Madagali local government area in Adamawa, Maina Ularamu, said “a large number of militants carried out three separate attacks on Shuwa and Kirchinga in my local government area and on Michika in neighbouring Michika (district)”.
“The gunmen divided themselves into three groups and separately attacked the three locations,” he told AFP.
He had earlier put the death toll in Shuwa, part of Madagali local government area, at 17.
But he later told AFP that eight more bodies were recovered in the village, including three from a Christian college, confirming the account of a resident about the three burnt corpse found in the seminary.
“The death toll in the Shuwa attack now stands at 25 after eight more bodies were recovered, including three discovered under the burnt debris of the theological school,” Ularamu said.
In Shuwa, several buildings were burnt, including a Christian theological college and a section of a secondary school.
In Kirchinga, Samuel Garba said the gunmen were all dressed in military uniform — a tactic frequently employed by the militant fighters in previous, similar attacks.
“The gunmen… killed eight people in our village and burnt many houses,” he added.
“Four people have so far been confirmed dead in Michika,” said Abdul Kassim, who lives in the village.
The dead were a young boy who was trying to run away and three security guards, he added.
In a statement, the military confirmed the attacks on multiple communities in Adamawa but said that only one soldier and three civilians were killed. Troops repelling the raids also killed six suspected Islamists, according to the statement.
The military further claimed that the militants, “in desperation for money and food…looted and burnt banks (and) shops”, and were trying to escape across the Cameroon border.
The top military commander in Adamawa last week ordered that the state’s border with Cameroon be sealed to block Boko Haram’s purported escape routes.
Residents in Michika described earlier how people fled to the nearby foothills when the attackers arrived in four-wheeled drive trucks and on motorcycles.
Michika resident Abdul Kassim said militants arrived at about 9:30 pm (2030 GMT) on Wednesday, “armed with RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and explosives which they hurled indiscriminately at homes and public buildings”.
The attack reportedly lasted for more than four hours. Various residents said four banks were razed, as well as hundreds of shops, a police station, government buildings and dozens of homes.
One witness, who requested anonymity, said the village looked like a “war zone” and that some 90 percent of all businesses had been destroyed.
The military and police declined to comment when contacted by AFP.
Adamawa is one of three northeastern states placed under emergency rule in May last year following waves of Boko Haram attacks.
The top military commander in the state last week ordered the complete closure of the border with Cameroon in hope of blocking the movements of insurgents and weapons.
The ongoing military offensive has failed to crush the insurgency and nearly 300 people have been killed in a range of attacks already this year.
The United Nations meanwhile said on Thursday that nearly 300,000 people, more than half of them children, had fled their homes in the three states from May to January 1 because of the violence.
by, AP | News 24 | h/t Theo – Shoebat.com
Damaturu, Nigeria – Suspected Islamic militants killed dozens of students in a pre-dawn attack on a northeast Nigerian college, survivors say, setting ablaze a locked hostel and shooting and slitting the throats of those who escaped through windows. Some were burned alive.
Adamu Garba said he and other teachers who ran away through the bush estimate 40 students died in the assault that began around 02:00 on Tuesday at the Federal Government College Buni Yadi. It is a co-ed school about 70km south of Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, and difficult to communicate with because extremists last year destroyed the cell phone tower there.
Soldiers still are gathering corpses so he could not give an exact number of dead, said military spokesman Captain Eli Lazarus.
Garba, who teaches at a secondary school attached to the college, said the attackers first set ablaze the college administrative block, then moved to the hostels, where they locked students in and started firebombing the buildings.
At one hostel, he said, “students were trying to climb out of the windows and they were slaughtered like sheep by the terrorists who slit their throats. Others who ran were gunned down.” He said students who could not escape were burned alive.
He spoke to The Associated Press in Damaturu, where he and several other teachers had made their way.
Tuesday’s attack brings the toll from attacks blamed on Boko Haram to more than 300 civilians killed this month alone.
Acts of terror
It is the first reported in Yobe state and the first school attack reported this year by suspected fighters of the terrorist network of Boko Haram — the nickname that means Western education is forbidden.
President Goodluck Jonathan told a news conference Monday night that the Boko Haram attacks were “quite worrisome” but that he was sure “We will get over it.”
His understatement is cold comfort for people who have lost family members, houses, businesses, all their belongings and livelihoods in the 4-year-old rebellion that has driven tens of thousands from their homes.
And it likely will anger regional officials who charge the military is losing its war to halt the Islamic uprising in the northeast of Africa’s biggest oil producer. The military has said recent attacks are being perpetrated by militants who have escaped a sustained aerial bombardment and ground assaults on forest hideouts along the border with Cameroon.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday condemned the “unspeakable violence and acts of terror” and said the United States is helping Nigerian authorities to develop a comprehensive approach “to combat the threat posed by Boko Haram while protecting civilians and ensuring respect for human rights.”
But survivors and local officials charge they get no protection. And refugees who have fled to neighbouring states have said that they are fleeing the extremists as much as the fallout from a military campaign in which soldiers are accused of gross human rights abuses including executions of people suspected of helping Boko Haram.
The onslaught of Islamic persecution by Muslims in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of: Vinienco
by, Carey Lodge | Christian Today
New reports suggest that Islamist militants have been responsible for the deaths of at least 200 civilians in north-eastern Nigeria in the last week.
Original estimates indicated that 106 were killed in the Christian village of Izghe near the border of Cameroon in an attack on Saturday when armed men attacked the rural community, slaughtering dozens of innocent people and forcing many others to flee. The death toll has now increased to at least 121.
The attackers are thought to be members of Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group with ties to al-Qaeda that has declared an intention to cleanse the country of Christians, eradicate Nigerian democracy, and replace it with an Islamic state guided by Sharia law.
They also detonated bombs and set fire to homes in the attack.
The gunmen arrived at night-time in pick-up trucks and on motorcycles, chanting “Allah Akbar” meaning “God is great”. They ordered villagers to gather together before opening fire on those present and slitting the throats of any who attempted to escape.
Local reports suggest that Boko Haram members also carried out similar attacks in other villages on the same day, including Bitiku, Dagu, Kirchang, Kwambula, Yazza and Yinagu. It is as yet unclear how many were killed in these attacks, though a survivor from the village of Yazza reported counting at least 25 corpses before he was able to escape.
Boko Haram has caused over two thousand deaths in Nigeria since 2009, and has recently been particularly active in targeting rural communities. On 26 January, at least 138 civilians were murdered in two attacks in the north-eastern region of Nigeria, with many more injured and suffering terrible burns as militants set fire to homes.
On 11 February, gunmen attacked Konduga in Borno State, killing 62 people and taking 20 young women hostage.
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Muslim-majority Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in May 2013 and has authorised an increased military presence to tackle the ongoing violence. Many members of Boko Haram, however, have retreated to bordering Cameroon.
Last week, the Nigerian Air Force began bombing the Sambisa Forest on the border in an effort to force members of the extremist sect out, killing a number of militants and costing at least nine soldiers their lives.
Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide Mervyn Thomas has urged the international community to increase its efforts to help the Nigerian government put an end to the violence.
“Nigeria is a strategic nation. Thus it is vital that members of the international community render every possible assistance to enable the country to counter this growing threat to peace and security in the region,” he said.
“It is also important for neighbouring states to assist by reinforcing security on their borders and deny Boko Haram a hiding place as a matter of urgency.”
In addition, Thomas has called upon the Nigerian government itself to further increase military presence in key areas.
“We echo local calls for a surge in numbers in order to stem the sect’s violent campaign in rural areas, which remain soft targets,” he said.
William Stark, regional manager for Africa at International Christian Concern, a US-based religious freedom group, has also expressed concern over the lack of action on the part of the Nigerian and US governments.
Despite officially designating Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 2013, he says the US is not doing enough to end the campaign of terror and warned that the situation could worsen.
“The Nigerian government continues to fail to protect Christian villages and has allowed hundreds of Christians to be killed in 2014 already,” he added.
“More decisive action must be taken to end the bloodshed. If action is not taken, the slaughter of Christians in northern Nigeria could reach genocidal levels in the near future.”
Boko Haram Threatens the U.S.
All that remains of the latest church attacked by Muslim terrorists.
by, Carey Lodge | Christian Today
The number of fatalities resulting from attacks in Nigeria on 26 January has risen to at least 138.
Islamist terror group Boko Haram, officially labelled a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisation’ by the US government in November last year, is suspected to have coordinated the violence.
‘Boko Haram’ translates as ‘Western education is sacrilege’. The group has ties to Al-Qaeda and is responsible for over 2,000 deaths in Nigeria since 2009. Its leadership has declared it aims to cleanse the country of Christians, eradicate Nigerian democracy and replace it with an Islamic state guided by Sharia law.
On Sunday, armed militants attacked a church in Adamawa State in the north-east of the country. They locked the doors before the end of the service and shot at the congregation, slitting the throats of those who tried to escape. They also detonated bombs before going on a four hour rampage, burning houses and taking hostages from the village.
Initial reports recorded 22 casualties. However, that number has now risen to 53, with dozens more wounded.
On the same day, the Islamist group carried out another vicious attack in Kawuri Village, in neighbouring Borno State. Militants shot men, women and children as a busy weekend market was packing up, and set fire to over 300 homes. Many victims are now reportedly unrecognisable due to terrible burns.
A 46-year-old grandmother, Rabi Mallam, hid her son and granddaughter under a blanket soaked in water as members of the extremist sect set fire to their hut, but they were still badly burned.
“I cried for the children because they were calling me to take them out, but I could not,” she remembers.
A total of 85 people perished in the attack, and at least 40 remain hospitalised. However, 16 people are still missing, so the death toll is expected to increase.
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Muslim-majority Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in May 2013, and has authorised an increased military presence to tackle the ongoing violence.
However, government troops have so far been unsuccessful in quashing the extremist group’s terror activities. Boko Haram has recently shifted its attacks from urban areas to rural communities, often targeting churches, highways and schools.
Within the last week alone, 37 communities in Damboa, Konduga and Gwoza areas have been subjected to terrorist attacks, and over 200 people have died in the past month at the hands of militants.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide has urged the Nigerian government to do more to combat extremism across the nation, particularly in rural communities which often suffer “devastating violence”.
In addition, Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas has appealed to bordering nations to coordinate with Nigerian authorities in stopping militants from fleeing the country and avoiding capture, which is unfortunately commonplace.
“If this tendency is not addressed effectively, it will ultimately undermine peace and security in the entire region,” he warns.
One of the wounded survivors in the attack.
by, World Watch Monitor | h/t Robert Spencer – Jihad Watch
A missionary has been killed and several churches set ablaze in attacks by Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram in neighbouring Cameroon.
The Nigerian missionary, David Dina Mataware, with the Christian Missionary Foundation (CMF), was killed on November 13 by suspected Boko Haram militants in Ashigashia, a village which straddles the Nigeria-Cameroon border.
He was murdered on the same day as thekidnapping of a French priest, Father Georges Vandenbeusch, but the death was not reported by the media, a church leader told World Watch Monitor, even though both incidents happened in the same area.
The kidnap was claimed by Boko Haram “in an operation co-ordinated with Ansaru”, its spokesman told Agence France Presse. Ansaru is a Boko Haram splinter group that has attacked several Western and Nigerian targets. It claimed responsibility for the kidnap and murder of seven international construction workers earlier in 2013.
Mataware had worked with CMF since 2010. CMF is a Nigeria-based mission agency active in Cameroon since 1989. Its ministry is focused on the tribes of Mandara, Kanouri and Guemergou in the district of Mora in northern Cameroon.
“An undetermined number of armed men crossed the border and entered into Cameroon at midnight. On their way back, they attacked the CMF compound. Unfortunately, one of the six missionaries had his throat cut. Five others managed to flee,” said the church leader, who wished to remain nameless.
Cameroon is a secular country in Central Africa. Approximately 70 per cent of the population is at least nominally Christian and most of its population in the North are Muslims.
Over the weekend of November 15-17, a number of incidents took place alongside the porous border of Nigeria and Cameroon. Local sources contacted by World Watch Monitor say dozens of properties, including Ewy church in Tourou (in Cameroon) were attacked while at least one church was set ablaze and destroyed on the Nigerian side of Ashigashia.
At least four people were killed and many others wounded and transferred to health centres. Despite the reinforcement of security forces in the area, villagers fear continued attacks from Islamist militants from Nigeria.
Northern Cameroon is a vast semi-desert area composed of three provinces (Adamawa, North and Far North), bordered by Nigeria to the West, Chad to the Northeast and Central African Republic to the West.
Criminality has increased in the region over time, including poaching in Waza and Bouba Ndjida Parks, where hundreds of elephants were massacred last year.
In February, seven members of a French family, including four children, were kidnapped by Boko Haram following a visit to the Waza National Park near Lake Chad. The Moulin-Fournier family was released after two months.
Northern Cameroon is considered a “red zone” by the French authorities: French nationals are formally discouraged from visiting the area due to terrorist threats and the risk of kidnapping. A similar warning was issued by British authorities, who called on UK nationals to leave the Cameroon’s Far North Province.
Deadly attacks by Boko Haram since 2009 and Nigeria’s military crackdown have pushed thousands of refugees into neighbouring Niger and Cameroon. A local human rights organisation says Cameroon’s Far North region has become a base for Islamist militants.
“Some Nigerian refugees have been granted Cameroon National Identities with the complicity of local officials. Many suspected militants are officially Cameroon nationals, which allows them to move freely in Cameroon after carrying out attacks in Nigeria,” Emmanuel Momo, President of Cameroon Human Rights Monitoring, told World Watch Monitor.
Momo said Cameroon’s security response was inefficient, having failed to prevent Boko Haram attacks.
“How can one explain the apparent silence of authorities of the Mora district in November, as Boko Haram has distributed letters threatening to kidnap?” said Momo. “Considering the fact that the French priest was kidnaped by a convoy of 18 motorbikes carrying heavily armed men, riding openly on a main road before midnight, one should ask where Cameroon security forces have been at that time.”
“Many suspected militants are officially Cameroon nationals, which allows them to move freely in Cameroon after carrying out attacks in Nigeria.”
-Emmanuel Momo, Cameroon Human Rights Monitoring
Several churches were targeted by armed men, supposedly Boko Haram militants, notably at Amchide and Limani during Easter time in 2012, reports Cameroon Human Rights Monitoring. Some victims had their throats cut, while others were beaten to death or burned alive.
Unlike neighbouring Nigeria, Chad and Niger, Cameroon is not a member of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) set up in 1998 with the aim of combatting transnational crime near Lake Chad. This Unit then expanded to include counter-terrorism.
In November, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called for Cameroon’s support in combating Boko Haram. The two countries share a 1600 km border, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the South to Lake Chad in the North.