Month: April 2018

Herdsmen terrorism: U.S. may seek international coalition to protect Christians in Nigeria

In what sounded like the main reason for inviting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to White House, U.S. President Donald J. Trump has warned that his country will no longer accept the further murder of Christians in Nigeria by herdsmen and other Islamic extremists and terrorists.

Opinion | An Open Letter to President Buhari: Before We Are All Consumed

With a heart full of pains, I wish to beg the federal government to do something tangible to curtail the incessant killing of Nigerians.

It has become a daily occurrence and pitiful, the same stories and stories are all we are fed with by our security agents.

Nigerians are being killed, properties destroyed and many people displaced from their homes, as if we are in a movie theatre.

For Christ’s sake, this is a nation and not a jungle, and under a government’s administration.

Islamic State ally (Boko Haram) controls territory around Lake Chad

The Lake Chad countries – Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon – have long neglected the region, allowing ISWA to create a stronghold from which to launch attacks. Its gains contrast with setbacks for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

It makes sense for ISWA to organize the local economy and raise taxes, said Vincent Foucher, who studies Boko Haram at the French National Centre for Science Research.

“It opens the longer game of trying to create a connection to people,” he said, adding that if ISWA succeeds it may become a greater threat than Boko Haram.

Churches in Benue mourn as CAN protests herdsmen killings

It was a mourning Sunday as many churches in Makurdi Benue State, complied with the directive of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to protest the killings in different parts of the country by herdsmen and those under the captivity of Boko Haram.

Christian faithful wore black and white attires as a mark of mourning for the murdered catholic priests and parishioners of St Ignatius Church, Mbalom, Gwer East Local Government Area.

It would be recalled that two Catholic priests, Rev.  Father Joseph Gor and Rev. Father Felix Tyolaha, as well as 16 other worshippers were killed at the 5 a.m. mass of the church on April 24.

Opinion | Donald Trump must hold Nigeria accountable for slaughter of Christians

When he meets with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Monday, President Trump needs to seize this opportunity to call Buhari to account for allowing unchecked atrocities against Christians in his country.

While Boko Haram has made headlines for murdering and terrorizing people in Nigeria, in this case  President Buhari is allowing members of his own ancestral group — the Fulani — to attack innocent communities.

The unimpeded actions of this group of extremists, loosely known as “militant Fulani herdsmen,” are creating a humanitarian crisis of shocking proportions in Nigeria.

Trump finally hosts black African President at the White House

Nigeria is one of Africa’s most troubled when it comes to extremism. Extremist group Boko Haram launched a violent insurgency in the northeast nine years ago with the aim of creating an Islamic state, and tens of thousands of people have been killed. Mass abductions of schoolgirls brought Boko Haram international notoriety and one faction has declared allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Impeachment call: Edo Chief of Staff denies sponsoring attack on Senator

Chairman Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Senator Matthew Urhoghide (PDP – Edo South) has accused the Edo State Government House Chief of Staff, Mr Taiwo Akerele, as being responsible for the mobilisation of thugs that attacked him at Benin Airport on Friday.

Mr Taiwo Akerele, has however denied sponsoring thugs to attack Mr Matthew Urhoghide for moving a motion to impeach President Mohammadu Buhari.