Saturday, May 31, 2014

Boko Haram Insurgents Steal Food Items To Feed Chibok Girls

Recently, Boko Haram insurgents invaded a lot of villages close to Sambisa Forest in the North East in order to steal food items allegedly to feed the abducted girls.
In the past weeks, the Islamic terrorist group stepped up the looting of villages, markets and food stores in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states for food items including grains and bread, according to Saturday Punch investigations.
Residents of these communities disclosed that the insurgents were usually satisfied when communities raised money for them towards "God's work," but lately they had stepped up their activities by invading the villages and carting away food items.
With the pressure on Nigerian soldiers to clamp down on the Islamic sect, it was learnt that the insurgents no longer felt safe to go to markets to buy food items for fear of being arrested.
Some of theinsurgents recently met their waterloo in Madagali, Adamawa State, where they were given up by a local food vendor from whom they had planned to buy foodstuffs. Reportedly, members of a vigilance group pounced on them and killed over 70 of them while seven others were handed over to the police.
Residents of Limankara, Kamuyya, Kirenowa, Kimbaand Makor communities in Borno State said the insurgents usually carried away food items and livestock after killing people in their areas in recent attacks.
The scenario of these attacks are always the same. The heavily armed terrorists invade the village, open fire into the crowd killing innocent residents, start burning houses, shops and vehicles and stealing foodstuff.
During these endless attacks, dozens of people were killed as the hoodlums were well armed with sophisticated weapons.
InKamuyya village, Borno state, a resident, Bukar Umar, said over 20 insurgents, who must have emerged from the bush, stormed the Kamuyya weekly marketwhen traders were conducting their businesses and opened fire into the crowd before setting shops and vehicles on fire. Twenty people were killed on the spot and almost all the shops were burnt in the market.
The insurgents on Sunday intercepted a vehicle loaded with bread, killed the four occupants and drove the vehicles towards Sambisa Forest. The vehicle, which was on its way to Polka from Gwoza, was attacked at Waraba village.
Recently,Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, who is trusted by both the Federal Government and the Boko Haram leader as a mediator, allegedly visited the camp where the abducted schoolgirls were being kept.
According to Sakilda, who claimed to have seen the abducted schoolgirls, they are "well fed and adequately sheltered."
It wasgathered during the week that the insurgents resorted to stealing following the shortage of food to feed themselves and their hostages.
It was also learnt that the violent sect had begun to pile up food items in preparation for a long drawn battle with the military, especially as the United States, United Kingdom, France, Israel and other foreign collaborators are assisting the Federal Government to ensure the safe return of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
With the allied forces believed to be on the ground to help the Nigerian military rescue the girls, it was learnt that the insurgents did not want to be caught unawares by running out of strategic resources, especially food.
Unconfirmed reports had indicated that certain helicopters used to drop food items and other needs in the Sambisa stronghold of the Boko Haram group.
Security experts said the growing focus on the Sambisa forest must have disrupted the routine of the helicopters, thus putting pressure on the group's supply chain and fueling more attacks on villagers in the North-East.

5 Signs She's In Love With You

1. She Talks About You to Other Girls.
When a girl is in love with you. when other girls are busy talking about their boyfriends she would always mention you and talk about you to other girlfriends cause all she thinks of is you and no one else.

2 She Will want to be close to you.
A girl in love with you will want to be close to you, she wouldn't want other girls to be close to you rather than her alone, she would even get mad to girls who are close to you.

3 She will always want to talk to you.
When a girl is in love with you, she wouldn't waste a chance when you wanna talk to her, she will get all her time for you, she won't care about other anymore cause all her mind is set to you and you alone.

4 She will surprise you.
If a girlfriend come to you and surprise you with little unexpected gifts then she is so into you, women don't just give out surprises unless your special and important to them.

5. She Talks About The Future
The future is something that the both of your should be thinking about. If she loves you, she will bring up the future. She will talk about it and want to hear how you will react on it, how you look into the future if you will be with her.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Emir Of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar, Is Buried

The late Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar, was laid to eternal rest in his palace in Gombe on May 30, 2014, Friday, at 7.20pm
A large crowd has gathered at the emir's palace struggling to see the remains of the emir. Security operatives did their best to control the crowd. No serious incidents were reported.
The funeral prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Gombe Central Mosque, Aminu Pindiga.
The event was gloomed by the death of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrisa Timta, who lost his live in an attack by suspected Boko Haram member since the morning of Friday. The Emirs of Askira and Uba, who were also in the same convoy en route to Gombe, had survived.
The security was beefed-up because of the mentioned incident and because some of the top Nigerian politicians and stakeholders were in attendance.
The list included Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Adamu Mu'azu, the Governor of Gombe State Ibrahim Dankwambo, the FCT Minister Bala Mohammed, the Minister of Transport Idris Umar.
The Deputy Governor of Gombe Tha'anda Rubainu and the Deputy Governor of Bauchi Alhaji Sagir Aminu-Saleh were also present.
The people of Gombe state prayed God to send another Emir that would continue with the good works of late Alhaji Shehu Abubakar.
The Emir passed away at the age of 76 on May 27, 2014 in a London hospital. Alhaji Shehu Abubakar was one of those who fought for creation of Gombe State and had contributed immensely to peace and harmony in the state.
May his perfect soul rest in peace.

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Singer Kefee Who Collapses On Plane Thanks Fans For Prayers

Nigerian gospel singer Kefee who collapsed during flight to Chicago has assured her fans that she is doing well after a recent health scare.
When the singer has passed out on board of a flight to Chicago, the airplane had to make an emergency stop as she needed to receive medical care.
"Thanks for your prayers & well wishes, my people, nothing dey happen and No shaking," Kefee tweeted.
She also let her fans on the social network know that she is 'getting better.'

"Thanks for your prayers & well wishes, my people "nothing dey happen and No shaking." - @2faceidibia pic.twitter.com/WJ3afDPcHs- Kefee (@Kefee1) May 30, 2014

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How I Escaped Being Kidnapped By Boko Haram Insurgents - Emir Of Askiria

The Emir of Askiria, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammadu, has narrated how he escaped from being abducted by members of the Boko Haram sect.
The emir, who is a member of the ongoing national conference, said this in a text message to the Deputy Chairman of the conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi on Friday, 30 May, 2014.
Earlier today,it was reported that some hoodlums, suspected to be members of the Islamist militants group, invaded the convoy of dignitaries going for the funeral of the late Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar and made attempt to abduct some of the Emirs in the entourage.
According to Muhammadu, who was one of the emirs, he made a narrow escape as the hoodlums descended on him and other emirs.
While disclosing the news in Abuja today, the Assistant Secretary in charge of media and publicity of the National Conference, Mr. Akpandem James said the conference was happy that the emir was able to escape.
"In response to a text message sent to the Deputy Chairman of the National Conference, Professor Akinyemi, the Emir who was taking a deep breathe after the miraculous escape, said, 'My deputy Chairman, I'm most grateful, it was a narrow escape'.
"Akinyemi in a solidarity message to the Emir said, 'Your Royal Majesty, on behalf of the National Conference, please accept our heartfelt relief at the failure of the attack on your convoy. We thank Allah for your safety."
James added that the deputy chairman also expressed the happiness of all the delegates over the escape of the Emir and whole heartedly condemned what he described as "cowardly and dastardly attack."
It was gathered that two other Emirs,the Emir of Uba, Ismaila Mamza and Emir of Gwoza, Idrisa Tinta, all in Borno State, were not so lucky as they were kidnapped during the attack.
As at the time of compiling these report, no one knows the location of the traditional rulers although security operatives said they are on the heels of the abductors.

Bayelsa Speaker's 90 Year-old Mother-In-Law Kidnapped

Bayelsa State House of Assembly Speaker Hon. Kombowei Benson today was hit with the news that his 90 year-old mother-in-law Madam Ogboro Dark has been kidnapped by armed men.
The elderly lady popularly known as Obololo was taken by gunmen in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
She was taken in her hometown at around 2.00 am this morning, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that the armed men were said to have entered her home community through the waterside in three speed boats.
A witness told the reporters: "the gunmen came at about 2.00 am.
"They shot sporadically before making their way to the woman's home; we were all afraid because of the gunshots."They seized her and took her away to an unknown place. "They showed no pity at the age of the woman," the source said.
Police Commissioner in the state Mr Hilary Opara has confirmed the kidnapping saying his men have already started investigating the abduction.

Full-scale war against terror on – JONATHAN.

ABUJA—President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, vowed to wage a total war against terrorism and do everything to rescue the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls in Borno state.
The President in a broadcast marking 15 years of democracy in the country, also promised to rid Nigeria of terrorists. He, however, said his government was willing to keep its doors open to the terrorists for dialogue and reconciliation, ‘if they renounce terrorism and embrace peace’.
He said: “I am determined to protect our democracy, our national unity and our political stability, by waging a total war against terrorism. The unity and stability of our country and the protection of lives and property are non-negotiable. I have instructed our security forces to launch a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists on our soil. I have also authorized the security forces to use any means necessary under the law to ensure that this is done. I assure you that Nigeria will be safe again, and that these thugs will be driven away – it will not happen overnight, but we will spare no effort to achieve this goal.
“I have no doubt that, with the support of Nigerians, our neighbours and the international community, we will reinforce our defence, free our girls and rid Nigeria of terrorists.”
Blames foreign elements
President Jonathan also blamed foreign elements who collaborate with citizens to unleash terror on the country.
According to him: “It is a sad fact that as I address you today (yesterday), all the gains of the past 15 years of democratic governance in our country are threatened by the presence of international terrorism on our shores. Our dear country, Nigeria is facing a new challenge. A war has been unleashed on us. Extremist foreign elements, collaborating with some of our misguided citizens, are focused on an attempt to bring down our country and the democracy and freedom we cherish and celebrate today.
“The despicable abduction of school girls from Chibok in Borno State has brought to the awareness of the entire world, the heartless brutality of these terrorists, who want to instigate a descent into anarchy and balkanize our nation. In recent years, terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of several of our compatriots, many have been injured or maimed, whole villages and communities have been destroyed and the economy of some of our states is in jeopardy.”
FG ready for dialogue
The president, however, appealed to the terrorists to renounce violence and embrace peace, saying his government was ready for dialogue and reconciliation.
He said: “For our citizens who have joined hands with Al Qaeda and international terrorists in the misguided belief that violence can possibly solve their problems, our doors remain open to them for dialogue and reconciliation, if they renounce terrorism and embrace peace.
“My government, while pursuing security measures, will explore all options, including readiness to accept unconditional renunciation of violence by insurgents, and to ensure their de-radicalization, rehabilitation and re-integration into the broader society.”
The President likened the terrorist activities in Nigeria to “the same warped and ferocious world view that brought down the Twin Towers in New York, killed innocent persons in Boston and led to the murder of defenceless people in the Southern Russian city of Volgograd. Terrorist activities have brought war and pains to Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These agents of evil continue to brainwash and incite ignorant young men and women to attack the innocent. We cannot allow this to continue”.
He paid tribute to the security services in the country whom he said were gallant and recorded successes in liberating nations and in peace-keeping, from Liberia to Sierra Leone, Congo, Sudan, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and many places in Africa and beyond.
“Today, they face a different challenge, an unconventional war by terrorists. They are adjusting and are being equipped to tackle the new menace of terrorism. We must show confidence in their ability”, the president said.
He said despite the multifarious challenges his administration has faced, the country has witnessed high national economic growth rates, steady improvements and expansion of national infrastructure, including airports and roads, the restoration of rail transportation, the efficient implementation of a roadmap for improved power supply, a revolutionary approach to agricultural production, as well as advances in education, sports, youth development, healthcare delivery, housing, water supply and other social services.
“In the oil and gas sector, our promotion of a sustainable local content policy, continues to guarantee equity and better opportunities for Nigerian entrepreneurs and skilled personnel. Significant increase in mobile telephone and national broadband penetration, making Information and Communications Technology (ICT) one of the fastest growing sectors of the Nigerian economy. We have also developed strong financial markets and regulatory institutions. Our banks now have regional and global footprints.
“Nigeria has also gained recognition as the largest economy in Africa, the most preferred investment destination in the continent and in terms of returns on investment, the fourth in the world. We are pleased that the world has noticed, as global leaders converged on Abuja early this month for the World Economic Forum in Africa.
“Furthermore, under this administration, we have made consistent progress in improving the standard of elections in our country to ensure that they are ever more credible and truly representative of the people’s free choice. The National Conference we initiated to deliberate and make recommendations on the best ways of resolving our current political and socio-economic challenges is ongoing. It is our expectation that its outcome will help to further consolidate the gains we have made from democracy in the past 15 years, and place our dear nation even more firmly on the path to greatness”, the president noted.
He charged the citizens to remain united to win the war against terrorism.
He said: “Christians, Moslems, farmers, fishermen, herdsmen, teachers, lawyers, clergy or clerics, the rich, the poor and Nigerians from all sections of the country must work together with our security agencies and armed forces to overcome the terrorists who now threaten all that we hold dear.
The war against terror may be difficult, but the days of peace will come again. Terror is evil; nowhere in history has evil endured forever. The menace of Boko Haram will surely come to an end. I believe that because of your prayers, your courage, hardwork, faith and sacrifice, we will ultimately prevail over the terrorists and all other evil forces.
“We are a strong, resilient and courageous people. We will continue to partner with the civilized world, to confront international terrorism and every other challenge that comes our way with patriotic zeal and determination. We have challenges but we will surely overcome. Nigeria is our country. Nigeria is blessed. We will all collectively protect, defend and develop this country for ourselves, and our children”.
Amnesty for Boko Haram
Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna , yesterday, re-echoed President Jonathan’s statement that the Federal Government has an amnesty proposal for members of Boko Haram, who renounce violence and lay down their arms.
The minister disclosed this while giving an overview of youth position in the administration’s transformation agenda at a special event tagged “A day with young leaders of Nigeria” to mark Democracy Day celebration.
He said:”Series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace.
“Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the Federal Government, to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key to amnesty programme.”
Haruna said 30,000 Niger Delta youths have benefitted from the programme which has seen beneficiaries transforming from militants to wealth creators, employers of labour and skilled citizens.
Updated by Anex 119.

Minister, WAEC never warned against conducting exam at Chibok – Borno SSG.



Borno State Government, SSG, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, has faulted claim by the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Ahmed Muazu, that both the Minister of State for education and the WAEC, had written to the governor not to allow exams go on in Chibok, but that the governor insisted.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos yesterday, Jidda, who showed the reporters the purported letters from both the minister and WAEC, challenged Muazu to produce the letters which asked the state government not to conduct exams at Chibok. The SSG showed the reporters the letter the state government wrote to the Police, asking it to provide security on daily basis, to all exam centres, including the school in Chibok, based on the request made by WAEC.
He said, “there was no where in the letters where they asked us not to conduct exams in Chibok. In any case, the minister does not even have the locus standi to direct the governor on such matters.
We provided logistics as requested by WAEC. We wrote the Police too, to provide security on daily basis, as per the request from WAEC.
“But let me reiterate here that at no time did we receive any letter either from the police, WAEC or even the minister, advising us not to hold the exams in Chibok. At any rate, as at the time of the exams, Chibok was considered as one of the safest locations in the state.
“In actual fact, the minister’s letter only asked that security be provided for WAEC officials in Federal Government Colleges in Borno State. The letter did not request that security be provided for students, let alone Chibok students. So, I see Muazu’s claim as not only ridiculous, but one that smacks of mischief”, the SSG, added.
On the claim by Muazu that the governor was not in the country at the time Jonathan was to visit Chibok, Jidda again said, it was not true.
He said: “The governor went to London for a different purpose and not just to grant interviews. However, as soon as we got information that the President was on his way to France, and would make a stop over in Chibok, my governor cut short his trip to return to Borno. And while we were waiting to receive the President, we got the information that the President’s visit has been called off.” Updated by Anex 119.


Chibok girls: Obasanjo warns military against propaganda

Ex - President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday warned the Nigerian military not to "play Public Relations propaganda" with the abduction of over 200 female pupils of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
Obasanjo said this in a Channels Television news monitored in Lagos on Thursday night.
Asked to react to comments made by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, that the Nigerian military knew the whereabouts of the abducted girls, Obasanjo said, "This is not an issue that you will play public relations propaganda with.
"It is a serious issue that is like a spear in the heart of the parents and whatever statement we make and action we take, if it will not really deal with the issue in a way that will bring those girls out safe and secure and make their families happy and will also give every Nigerian a sense of security, then such statements should not be made," he said.
He said that he would be pleasantly surprised if the Chibok girls were "returned intact."
Asked to confirm whether or not he met with some relations of the Boko Haram leaders, Obasanjo said that he was planning to inform President Goodluck Jonathan before holding talks on the Chibok girls "but was surprised at how certain meetings have turned out."
"I cannot have a plan without the Presidency being involved," he said.
He added that he was not "going on a one -man mission," to rescue the kidnapped girls, insisting that doing so would be "idiotic."
Obasanjo said he was beaten by Shehu Sani to letting the state and national authorities know the meeting had taken place.
He added, "I have to involve the President and he also tells me this is what we are doing or this is what we are pursuing either in addition or along with what we are doing or not".
Reacting to President Jonathan's allegation that the abduction of the girls was done to bring down his government, Obasanjo said such thought was "unfortunate."
"If the Presidency is obsessed with one thing and one thing only and any other thing of concern to Nigeria is secondary then the Presidency will take that position, then this will be unfortunate," he said.
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Armed robbers kill whistle blower

A man in his late 40s has been killed in Lagos, Western Nigeria by armed robbers.
The man identified as Alhaji Bashiru, was killed at his residence in Kano street, Ebute-Metta, about 5am, Thursday, while trying to alert the neighbourhood of the arrival of the armed robbers who invaded the area.
A source who simply identified himself as Solomon, informed P.M. News that the man was preparing for the early morning Muslim prayer when the armed robbers arrived the community.
And in an attempt to alert the neighbourhood of the arrival of the unwanted guests, he was shot. His neighbours quickly rushed him to Feferal Medical Centre at Nigerian Railway Corporation, Ebute-Metta but he died on his way to the hospital.
The source further said that after shooting the man, the suspected armed robbers raided about four buildings and went away with properties worth millions of naira.
It was also gathered, though not confirmed at the time of filing this report, that four members of the armed gang have been arrested and currently detained at Denton Police Station.

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Match against Scotland was boring - Akporobie

Ex-Nigeria international Jonathan Akpoborie has picked super sub Uche Nwofor as the only Eagle that impressed in Wedneday's World Cup warm-up against Scotland.
The African champions forced Scotland to a 2-2 draw at a jammed Craven Cottage in London on with Nwofor coming off the bench to save Nigeria from defeat with his third international goal on the dot of full time.
THE PATRIOT . . . A Nigeria fan holding a placard is embraced by a Scotland fan before kick off
"The only person who performed well in that game as far as I am concerned was Uche Nwofor," said Akpoborie, who is now a television pundit.
The former Vfb Stuttgart striker said the game may come rather late but still served the purpose for the coach to have a look at the team's fringe players for a possible place on the final World Cup squad.
"The game served the purpose for which it was organised. I think a lot of people might just be over reacting at this time," he stated.
"I feel that playing a game with fringe players towards the World Cup was an exercise that should have been done long before now.
"By now, I expected the first team to be playing friendlies to strike an understanding and get full fitness because a lot of them did not get regular playing time at their clubs.
"Anyway, the game was horrible. The game was not about result, it was about making decisions on who will be going to the World Cup.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Happy Democracy Day, Nigerians. Read President Jonathan's Democracy Day speech

Happy Democracy Day, Nigerians. Read President Jonathan's Democracy Day speech

Happy Democracy Day to all Nigerians. Read the Democracy Day national broadcast by our president below...

Fellow Nigerians,
1.   I greet and felicitate with you all, today, as we mark 15 years of uninterrupted democratic governance in our beloved country.

2.  Our dear nation, Nigeria, has certainly come a long way and made notable progress since our first Democracy Day on May 29, 1999 when the military finally relinquished power and handed over to a democratically-elected government, marking the true beginning of a government of the people, by the people, for the people."


3.  Although I have ordered a low-key commemoration of this year's Democracy Day in deference to the current mood of the nation, there can be no doubt that the past 15 years, the longest period of sustained democratic governance in our country, have been a blessing to us, as a people.


4.  As we commemorate 15 years of our Fourth Republic today therefore, I believe that it is fitting that we pay tribute once again to all those who played a part in restoring our nation to the true path of democratic governance, built on the foundations of rule of law and freedom of expression.

5.  As a result of our collective efforts since 1999, democratic governance is now entrenched in our nation and institutions. I wholeheartedly believe that our people are the better for it. The scope of fundamental rights and liberties enjoyed by our people over the past 15 years has been expanded beyond measure.

6.  On my watch, we have witnessed high national economic growth rates, steady improvements and expansion of national infrastructure including airports and roads, the restoration of rail transportation, the efficient implementation of a roadmap for improved power supply, a revolutionary approach to agricultural production, as well as advances in education, sports, youth development, healthcare delivery, housing, water supply and other social services.

7.  In the oil and gas sector, our promotion of a sustainable local content policy, continues to guarantee equity and better opportunities for Nigerian entrepreneurs and skilled personnel.

8. Significant increase in mobile telephone and national broadband penetration, making Information and Communications Technology (ICT) one of the fastest growing sectors of the Nigerian economy.  We have also developed strong financial markets and regulatory institutions. Our banks now have regional and global footprints.

9.  Nigeria has also gained recognition as the largest economy in Africa, the most preferred investment destination in the continent and in terms of returns on investment, the fourth in the world. We are pleased that the world has noticed, as global leaders converged in Abuja early this month for the World Economic Forum in Africa.

10.               The event not only witnessed a record attendance, it brought the prospect of an additional flow of investment into the Nigerian economy estimated at over $68 billion over the next few years.  

11.                 In foreign relations, our country has equally done well within this period, by establishing and strengthening strong partnerships with all ECOWAS countries and the rest of the world. This has helped to deepen Nigeria's leadership role in multilateral institutions including the United Nations.

12.                Furthermore, under this administration, we have made consistent progress in improving the standard of elections in our country to ensure that they are ever more credible and truly representative of the people's free choice. The National Conference we initiated to deliberate and make recommendations on the best ways of resolving our current political and socio-economic challenges is on-going. It is our expectation that its outcomes will help to further consolidate the gains we have made from democracy in the past 15 years, and place our dear nation even more firmly on the path to greatness.

Dear Compatriots,
13.                It is a sad fact that as I address you today, all the gains of the past 15 years of democratic governance in our country are threatened by the presence of international terrorism on our shores. Our dear country, Nigeria is facing a new challenge. A war has been unleashed on us. Extremist foreign elements, collaborating with some of our misguided citizens, are focused on an attempt to bring down our country and the democracy and freedom we cherish and celebrate today.

14.                The despicable abduction of school girls from Chibok in Borno State has brought to the awareness of the entire world, the heartless brutality of these terrorists who want to instigate a descent into anarchy and balkanize our nation.

15.                In recent years, terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of several of our compatriots, many have been  injured or maimed, whole villages and communities have been destroyed and the economy of some of our states  is in jeopardy.


16.                There can be no doubt that what we are witnessing in Nigeria today is a manifestation of the same warped and ferocious world view that brought down the Twin Towers in New York, killed innocent persons in Boston and led to the murder of defenceless people in the Southern Russian city of Volgograd. Terrorist activities have brought war and pains to Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These agents of evil continue to brainwash and incite ignorant young men and women to attack the innocent. We cannot allow this to continue.


17.                I welcome the statements of solidarity from patriotic citizens and the global community in support of our efforts to stamp out terrorism. I applaud the understanding that in a democracy, such as we are building, people can have differences while sharing worthy values and standing together in opposition to the scourge of terrorism. Nigeria is the only country we have and we must all work to preserve it for present and future generations.

18.               Despite the challenges we face, we must commend our security forces. We must not forget their gallantry and successes in liberating nations and in peacekeeping, from Liberia to Sierra Leone,  Congo, Sudan, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and many places in Africa and beyond. Our forces have paid the supreme price in several places at several times.

19.                Today, they face a different challenge, an unconventional war by terrorists. They are adjusting and are being equipped to tackle the new menace of terrorism. We must show confidence in their ability. I have no doubt that, with the support of Nigerians, our neighbours and the international community, we will reinforce our defence, free our girls and rid Nigeria of terrorists.

20.              It is now 45 days since the horrifying abduction of the college girls of Chibok. I share the deep pain and anxiety of their parents and guardians and I assure them once again that government will continue to do everything possible to bring our daughters home.

21.                I am determined to protect our democracy, our national unity and our political stability, by waging a total war against terrorism. The unity and stability of our country, and the protection of lives and property are non-negotiable. I have instructed our security forces to launch a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists on our soil.

22.               I have also authorized the security forces to use any means necessary under the law to ensure that this is done. I assure you that Nigeria will be safe again, and that these thugs will be driven away – it will not happen overnight, but we will spare no effort to achieve this goal.

23.               For our citizens who have joined hands with Al Qaeda and international terrorists in the misguided belief that violence can possibly solve their problems, our doors remain open to them for dialogue and reconciliation, if they renounce terrorism and embrace peace.

24.               My government, while pursuing security measures, will explore all options, including readiness to accept unconditional renunciation of violence by insurgents, and to ensure their de-radicalization, rehabilitation and re-integration into the broader society.

Dear Compatriots,
25.               We must remain united to win the war against terrorism. Christians, Moslems, farmers, fishermen, herdsmen, teachers, lawyers, clergy or clerics, the rich, the poor and Nigerians from all sections of the country must work together with our security agencies and armed forces to overcome the terrorists who now threaten all that we hold dear.

26.               The war against terror may be difficult, but the days of peace will come again. Terror is evil; nowhere in history has evil endured forever. The menace of Boko Haram will surely come to an end. I believe that because of your prayers, your courage, hardwork, faith and sacrifice, we will ultimately prevail over the terrorists and all other evil forces.

27.               We are a strong, resilient and courageous people.  We will continue to partner with the civilized world, to confront international terrorism and every other challenge that comes our way with patriotic zeal and determination.

Fellow Nigerians,
28.              Yes, we have challenges but we will surely overcome. Nigeria is our country. Nigeria is blessed. We will all collectively protect, defend and develop this country for ourselves, and our children.  

29.               Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

30.              Thank you and God bless Nigeria.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Boko Haram in four-hour reign of terror, kills 35 in Yobe.


Boko Haram terrorists, Tuesday, killed 35 persons comprising 14 soldiers, 11 policemen and 10 civilians in separate attacks in Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State and Chinene village in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.
The Divisional Police Officer of Bunu Yadi Division, Superintendent Hassan Thlama, was among the policemen killed, while many others sustained gunshot injuries.
In the attack, the palaces of the Emir and the District Head (names withheld), a police station and some military posts were completely destroyed, while in the Chinene attack, two Churches, shops and residential houses were set ablaze. Buni Yadi is about 55 kilometers South of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital that had witnessed several attacks, particularly the attack on the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, which claimed the lives of over 55 students while they were sleeping in their dormitories.
Chinene village is South-East and a border community with Cameroon and about 130 kilometres drive from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Four-hour reign of terror
It was gathered that a large number of suspected terrorists invaded Buni Yadi at 5p.m. on Monday. They came in Hilux vehicles with military camouflage uniforms, improvised explosive devices, IEDs, petrol bombs and rocket-propelled launchers.
The attack, which lasted till 9p.m., targeted security formations. Many government structures including the Magistrate Court, and vehicles were destroyed.
A top security source in Damaturu, who confirmed the incident said: “The gunmen took all the security operatives in Buni Yadi unawares and wreaked havoc on mostly policemen and soldiers.
“Apart from 11 policemen and 14 soldiers killed, two persons suspected to be civilians, who were caught up in the crossfire, also lost their lives.”
A resident of Buni Yadi, Mallam Jubrin Usmanu, told Vanguard in a telephone interview that the gunmen only came for security operatives as they did not attack residents, but that civilians who died might have been hit by stray bullets.
He said the gunmen also burnt down the palaces of the emir and the District Head of Buni Yadi “without killing anybody as they first asked the residents in the palaces to leave before they set the places ablaze,” Usmanu added.
Another reliable security source said the dead bodies of their colleagues killed in Buni Yadi were evacuated to General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Damaturu, before conveying them to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital Mortuary for identification by their relatives on yesterday, while the injured ones are currently receiving treatment at different hospitals in Damaturu and Maiduguri.
The spokesman of the Military operatives in Damaturu, Lieutenant Eli Lazarus was contacted on phone several times, but there was no response at press time.
In a related development eight people were killed when some suspected terrorists riding in motorcycles and armed with AK47 rifles stormed Chinene village of Chikidr Joghode Kaghum ward of Gwoza council in Borno State.
Flags up
The insurgents, according to sources also hoisted their flags in Ashigashiya Ward and other hilly border villages with Cameroon and were celebrating what they now claimed as their strongholds.
A resident, Mr. Joshua Jidda, said the gunmen invaded Chinene at 2a.m., yesterday, and opened fire on sleeping residents killing eight people, including an old woman in her 80s.
He gave the names of some of the victims as Bulama Dajiba, Bulama John, Haruna Kwatha, Haruna Wadda, Births Kurma, Haruna Waruda and Shaibu Galva.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gideon Jubrin, could not be reached as his phone numbers were switched off. A top police source confirmed the attacks and the number of casualties. (Updated by Anex 119.)


Children write Jonathan, Boko Haram over Chibok schoolgirls.


Nigerian children, yesterday, celebrated this year’s Children’s Day in grief and tears as they embarked on prayers for divine intervention to bring back the over 200 schoolgirls of Chibok, Borno State, who were abducted 44 days ago by Boko Haram terrorists.
The children, who held prayer sessions across the states in the country, also wrote two letters: one for Boko Haram and another for President Goodluck Jonathan on the abduction of the girls.
Enugu school children weep
In Enugu, thousands of primary and secondary school children wept openly, while praying for the safety and speedy release of the abducted female students. The children roused the audience at the Michael Okpara Square venue of the event with the passionate words of prayer they voiced while raising their hands towards an imagined direction of Sambisa forest (where the Chibok girls are believed to be held) beseeching God to send His angels there to rescue the schoolgirls.
They also carried placards denouncing the abduction of the school girls and called for their immediate release, demanding an end to the harassment of school children and their teachers in the northern part of the country.
Led in the prayers by the state Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Rev. Godwin Madu, and the state Secretary of Christian Association Nigeria, Rev. Emeka Ejim, the children emphasised that there was no need for celebrations of this year’s event since their abducted colleagues were still going through the horror of captivity in the custody of the terrorists.
‘God’s angels watch over them’
Amidst tears, Miss Precious Ede, who prayed on behalf of the children said: “We did not come here to celebrate. Rather we came to express our anguish at the continued plight of our mates in the hands of the Boko Haram people.
“We came to seek God’s intervention so that they can be freed because just like us, they committed no crime by going to school.
“We are confident that God will answer us because even as we are praying, we know that His angels are already at work in Sambisa Forest or wherever our mates are being held.”
The traditional march past by schools in the state, however, took place after the prayers.
Presenting the address of President Jonathan on the occasion, Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State denounced the abduction of school children and the rampant bombing and burning of schools leading to the closure of some schools and colleges in the North-Eastern part of the country.
Children pray in Abuja
Children from different schools in the nation’s capital, Abuja, embarked on prayers for divine intervention to bring back the abducted girls.
In an interview with some of the students at the unity fountain in Abuja, they told Vanguard that it was only God that could fight for the country.
Gloria Timothy, from Junior Secondary School Galadimawa, Abuja, said that they gathered to say no to Boko Haram and fight against terror through prayers.
She said: “We are praying to God to bring back our girls and let the Boko Baram change and live a good life so that Nigeria will live in unity.”
Also speaking at the prayer session, the Convener and the Secretary General of Grand Alliance Against Terrorism, GAAT, Ariyo Atoye, urged Nigerians to unite against terrorism.
Letters to Boko Haram, Jonathan
The children also submitted two letters: one for the Boko Haram sect and another for President Goodluck Jonathan.
The contents of the two letters, which were presented to the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan were not made public though she promised to deliver the President’s letter to him.
The First Lady, who hosted children at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, enjoined Nigerians to stop abusing President Jonathan but to join him in the fight against the Boko Haram sect.
She said: “Let me thank the children that gave me letter to give to Boko Haram. I have received your letter, but I am not the one to give it to Boko Haram because I do not know Boko Haram and I have never seen Boko Haram.
“But I will give it to the National Security Adviser or Chief of Defence Staff who will submit your letter accordingly.
“To my children parliament, thank you for your letter. Thank you for your deliberation. I have received what you gave to me. I will make sure I pass it to the President because it is addressed to him.”
Fashola begs
In Lagos, Governor Babatunde Fashola appealed to the sect to safely release the schoolgirls, saying it was unfair for the group to continue to hold the girls captive for agitations they knew nothing about and for demands they could not meet.
This year’s Children‘s Day celebration was held at the Police College Ground, Ikeja, which was devoid of its usual fanfare.
The pupils, rather than wear their uniforms, were dressed in red T shirts with the inscription ‘Bring Back Our Friends Alive’. Updated by Anex119.


Obasanjo moves to free abducted Chibok girls


ABUJA—Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has launched a move to free the more than 200 girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
Obasanjo, who confirmed this to Vanguard last night, however, dismissed reports credited to a foreign news agency that he held talks with representatives of the sect in his Ota farm last weekend.
He nevertheless confirmed that he was set to open explorative talks with the Islamic sect, having re-established contacts with a lawyer who mediated his discussion with the sect three years ago. Chief Obasanjo, however, regretted that efforts he made to end the insurgency at that time came to nought after President Goodluck Jonathan dismissed the conditions and capacities of the group.
President Jonathan’s dismissal of the group’s capacities, he said, was despite the willingness of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State to do all that was required by the sect for peace to reign.
Obasanjo, who has been globally acclaimed for his role in peace mediation especially among troubled African countries also played down claims that the insurgency would not have reared its head were he in power.
The foreign news agency had reported, yesterday, that Obasanjo held talks with representatives of the insurgents in his farm at Ota, Ogun State last weekend.
Asked to confirm the veracity of the report yesterday, the former president said: “Three years ago I tried to reach out to Boko Haram to find out what their problem was and if there was a leader one could talk to.
“I got a lawyer who provided the link between members of the group and I. They told me what the government should do to stop insurgency.”
He said that he subsequently passed on the conditions set by the insurgents to Governor Shettima who pledged his willingness to do all and more of what the insurgents required.
“He told me he was willing to do all that was stipulated and even more, but that his fear was that once he implemented those conditions he would be accused by the president and his people of being a member of Boko Haram,” Obasanjo quoted the governor to have said after the initial talks three years ago.
The former president, however, did not disclose the conditions laid down by the insurgents.
The former president said that following his discussions with the governor of Borno State that he followed up by briefing President Jonathan who he claimed, played down the capacities and conditions laid down by the insurgents.
He said that at that point he withdrew as he lacked the executive powers to proceed further.
Obasanjo said that given the present situation, the need to resurrect talks with the group had become expedient.
“In this instance, there are now two issues involved, the insurgency and the kidnap of the girls and I want to find out if the same lawyer would still mediate,” the former president said.
He said that having confirmed that the lawyer is alive, he had now set machinery in motion to reach out to the group towards releasing the kidnapped Chibok girls and thereafter ending the insurgency.
Asked if the insurgency would have risen to the present stage were in power, Obasanjo said: “My friend go away, go away, go away.”
Obasanjo’s secret talks is besides a secret effort by the administration to engage the Boko Haram group through three individuals reported to be close to the group.
A national newspaper, yesterday, quoted presidency sources as disclosing the enlistment of a former journalist Ahmad Salkida; a Tiv, Benue State born former adherent of the insurgent group, Aliyu Teshaku and an Australian negotiator Steve Davies to negotiate on behalf of the Federal Government.
The government’s decision to negotiate for the release of the kidnapped girls is reportedly informed by fears of a possible harm to the abductees in the event of a full scale military onslaught to effect their release. Updated by Anex 119.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

APC under threat as court rules on acronym, Tinubu, governors differ.

                                

LAGOS — PROSPECTS of the country’s major opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, were shaking, yesterday, ahead of a decisive ruling on the validity of the party’s registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Besides, some party members were also apprehensive on the direction of the party following tension among party leaders on account of recent disagreements.
Some party insiders were fearful that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who had been a major rallying point for the opposition party might be losing enthusiasm over what sources claimed as the increasing opposition to him by other major party stakeholders, mainly some governors.
A ruling by a Federal High Court, Abuja, today, was anxiously being expected on a suit instituted by the unregistered African Peoples Congress, APC against the registration of the All Progressives Congress by INEC.
A loss for INEC in the suit in which the All Progressives Congress was refused to be joined in as a party, could be catastrophic for the new political party and put it in possible jeopardy ahead of crucial gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun states.
Tinubu, according to sources was not enthusiastic about the meeting expected to deliberate on outstanding issues flowing from recent congresses across the country. Tinubu, it is alleged, is miffed over the recent turn of events in the party which has seen him at the short end on three sensitive issues to the club of governors in the party.
Tinubu, according to party sources lost out on the venue of the convention, the choice of a chairman of the convention planning committee and on the zoning of the office of national chairman in the next executive.
Following the development, there were fears that Tinubu who had alongside General Muhammadu Buhari been the rallying point in the merger could lose enthusiasm for the new party. Party spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, however, rebuffed insinuations of any tension in the party over the alleged misunderstanding. Party elders are, however, to meet within days to deliberate on outstanding issues affecting the party notably the unresolved congresses, zoning of national party offices and permutations on the presidential candidate of the party.
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, a party elder also dismissed claims of a crisis in the party, saying the party would win the 2015 round of elections despite signs of internal rifts. He said, “Positions are being more keenly contested, people are seeing the future and I know that the next government in the next election will be an APC government at the federal level. We are now a serious contender for power at the federal level.”
The suit on the ownership of the acronym, APC, was entered before the high court by a rival political group, the African Peoples Congress, which is insisting that it has the patent right to the ‘APC’ acronym. The plaintiff told the court that though it was the first political group that applied to the electoral body to be registered as ‘APC’, it alleged that upon fulfilling all the condition precedents, INEC, without any cogent reason, declined to grant it the status of a political party in Nigeria.
Defunctpolitical parties
More so, the plaintiff told the court that it was surprised that after INEC under the leadership of Professor Attahiru Jega refused its application, it went ahead and registered another group with the same ‘APC’ acronym that was originally submitted to it by the plaintiff. It further told the court that it had earlier instituted an action that sought to prevent the Bisi Akande-led APC which primarily consist of three defunct political parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, the Congress for Political Change, CPC, and the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, from laying claim to the acronym since it was already in existence prior to the demise of their former political parties.
The plaintiff further insisted that it was wrong for INEC to have gone ahead to register the rival APC when a suit restraining the party from using such acronym was still pending in court.
Consequently, the plaintiff, in a motion on notice before the court which is due for ruling today, applied for an order to stop INEC from further recognizing or having any dealings with the ‘APC’ pending the final determination of their substantive suit.
The plaintiff specifically prayed for an order of the court in the exercise of its disciplinary jurisdiction, annulling, setting aside and voiding the action of INEC in registering All Progressive Congress with the acronym ‘APC’, notwithstanding the pendency of the suit.
As well as, “an order of the court in the exercise of its disciplinary jurisdiction, setting aside and voiding any steps taken by INEC to facilitate the registration of the said All progressive Congress APC after becoming aware of the pendency of the suit, in contravention to the doctrine of Lis pendens.”
The matter will come up before Justice Gabriel Kolawole for ruling, following which the court will adjourn to enable all parties adopt written addresses in preparation to the final judgment on the issue.
Party spokesman Alhaji Lai Mohammed was, however, calm yesterday and apparently unmoved by the pending ruling.
It was feared yesterday that a ruling voiding INEC’s registration of the Akande-led APC could cause unmitigated disaster for the new party in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun States.
Speaking with Vanguard in a telephone interview yesterday, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun assured that the party would resolve all issues ahead of winning the forthcoming elections.
He said “some of the congresses have not been resolved but I think most have been resolved, this is natural. Where there are difficulties, we will continue to try to make peace though there are few states where there are differences. Once a vast majority of the states conclude their congresses, we will proceed to the convention.”
”When opposition parties were basically regional parties, they did not have problems, now the APC is a national force, it is a government in waiting. Given the mood of the nation today, it has the possibility and probability of becoming the government of the federation.”
The former governor of Edo State added that “positions are being more keenly contested, people are seeing the future and I know that the next government in the next election will be an APC government at the federal level. We are now a serious contender for power at the federal level.
When asked if he is not disturbed about the controversy trailing the possibility of the party throwing up a Muslim-Muslim ticket, Oyegun said “you see, I do not know who is playing it up in the party. I know that those opposed to us are driving it in the media to distract the feeble minded in the APC. It is an issue we have not discussed. In fact, as at today, a Christian-Christian ticket is also possible. The Muslim-Muslim ticket is not an impossibility, but at the end of the day, the need to win an election, is what will guide us, the need to salvage the country is what will guide the party. So, all this speculation in the party is neither here nor there. The conclusion is that we shall cross that bridge when we get there.'' Updated by Anex 119.

We’ve located abducted Chibok girls – Defence Chief.


ABUJA—FORTY-THREE days after more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok, Borno State by insurgent sect, Boko Haram, the Military High Command, yesterday, had cheering news for the traumatised parents as it said it has located where the girls were being held hostage but would not use force to rescue them.
Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh disclosed this in Abuja even as UK media reported, yesterday, that but for the last minute change of mind by President Goodluck Jonathan, the abducted Chibok girls would have been freed.
Badeh, while addressing members of the Citizen Initiative for Security Awareness (CISA), an NGO on a solidarity campaign to the Defence Headquarters, said that the military will not use force in the rescue operation. He, however, assured that everything was being done to ensure their safe rescue.
His words: “We want our girls back, I can tell you our military can do it, but where they are held, do we go with force? Nobody should say Nigerian military does not know what it is doing. We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back. So we are working. The President has empowered us to do the work and no one should castigate the military.
The CDS disclosed that the fight against insurgency was quite different from a full scale war, pointing out that “if we are fighting an external war, Boko Haram would have been begging us to withdraw.
He said: “Nigerian military had proved its worth in the civil war, Liberia and Sierra-Leone wars and in the process returned democracy to those countries”.
On operations in the North-East, the CDS said the challenge was that the military was fighting its fellow brothers. “We are not happy at all because we are killing our own and we are killing mostly youths. We cannot afford to eliminate our youths. Who are we going to handover Nigeria to? We can’t continue to kill them.”
While noting that the military in Nigeria is the strong arm of democracy, he said it (military) holds the constitution very dear, adding that the constitution is represented by the President.
“We are using our lives to defend this democracy. Democracy must thrive in Nigeria whether anybody likes it or not. People have finally realised that you don’t have another military than this one and it is either you support your military or you are looking for anarchy”, he said.
He noted that the war should not be fought by the military alone, but by all Nigerians, adding that Nigeria is at war and all hands must be on deck.
Badeh also confirmed that the military was recovering arms and ammunition that are alien to the Armed forces “which shows that people from outside were supporting the insurgents”.
Expressing the belief that it was Al-Qaeda in West Africa, the CDS said: “I know people from outside Nigeria are in this war, they are fighting us, they want to destabilise us. But this is our country and some people in this country are standing with the forces of darkness; we must salvage our country, we must bring sanity back into our nation”.
Coordinator of the group, Chidi Omeje said the group represents the ordinary Nigerians on the streets who understand that no nation can stand on its own without a strong military.
He stated that the group was spurred into action because of the myriads of media attacks championed by mischievous politicians and some interest groups that have ulterior motives.
“We are not politicians or religious bigots and we appreciate our military and we know they are doing their best. We are trying to tell the leadership of the Nigerian military that ordinary Nigerians are behind them, and appreciate them”.
Jonathan’s call stopped last minute deal to free girls —Report
Meanwhile, but for a last minute change of mind by President Jonathan, the abducted Chibok girls would have been freed, UK media reported yesterday.
A deal for the release of some of the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria was close to being secured when the Federal Government called it off, BBC and Daily Mail said.
Some of the girls were allegedly set to be freed in exchange for imprisoned Islamist militants.
The papers reported that officials held talks with the group to secure the release of the schoolgirls.
An intermediary met Boko Haram leaders earlier this month and visited the location where the girls were being held, the reports said.
The deal was to set some of the girls free in exchange for the release of 100 Boko Haram members from detention, according to BBC.
But the government cancelled the planned agreement shortly before the swap was due to take place.
Though reasons for the withdrawal are unclear, The Mail on Sunday said: “A Nigerian journalist trusted by both the government and extremists from Boko Haram acted as go-between, risking his life on a one-man mission to enter the gunmen’s lair and broker an agreement, according to security sources.
“But last Saturday, at the eleventh hour, officials scrapped the exchange in a telephone call from a crisis summit in Paris where President Goodluck Jonathan met foreign ministers including those from Britain, the United States, France and Israel.
“It was agreed there that no deals should be struck with terrorists and that force should instead be used against them.
“The U-turn is said to have enraged Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. Insiders believe that the cancellation of last Saturday’s plan and the ensuing stand-off now puts the girls’ lives in even greater danger.
“An intelligence source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The next video we see from the terrorists could show the girls being killed one by one.’
“Sources in Abuja described how Shekau had agreed to bring the girls out of their forest camps in the remote North-East of the country in the early morning and take them to a safe location for the prisoner swap.”
The sources were quoted as saying: “They would have been dropped off in a village, one group at a time, and left there while their kidnappers disappeared. There was to be a signal to a mediator at another location to bring in the prisoners.”
Continuing, The Mail on Sunday said: “About 2,000 Boko Haram members are currently detained.
“One hundred non-combatant, low-level sympathisers were to be freed and the two groups brought together in a convoy of buses accompanied by a hand-picked go-between, respected Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida.
“The plan had been agreed in tortuous negotiations in response to worldwide outrage over a night-time raid on a school in the town of Chibok on April 14 when the girls were abducted from their dormitories.
“Mr Salkida was born in Borno State, where Boko Haram originated. He has known its leaders all his life and has unprecedented access.
“He has been arrested on several occasions accused of being a Boko Haram sympathiser, and he fled with his family to Dubai two years ago.
“But two weeks ago, he was summoned out of exile by President Jonathan’s aides. He initially feared he might face arrest, but was then given a letter of indemnity signed by the President when he flew to Nigeria.
“Sources said Mr Salkida was able to travel by taxi to the group’s forest camp to talk to Shekau two weeks ago. ‘His mission was secretive and dangerous,’ they said.
“He is probably the only civilian with access to Shekau. There is trust between them and Salkida had only one aim – to get the schoolgirls out.
“He reported afterwards that the group of girls he saw were alive and well, and being adequately fed and sheltered. They told him all they wanted was to go home.
“Salkida’s mission was complicated by the chaos surrounding government’s pronouncements about negotiations with the terrorist group.
“Shekau has released two shocking videos showing the girls dressed in hijabs and reciting verses from the Koran.” Updated by Anex119.