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Growing Up Fearful in Nigeria

ABA, Nigeria — Horror calls down to us from northern Nigeria. Most of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram rebels last spring are still unaccounted for. On Nov. 10, Boko Haram bombed a high school in Potiskum, killing at least 48 children. Last month, the group killed 48 fish vendors near the border with… Continue reading Growing Up Fearful in Nigeria

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Dokubo Asari: Boko Haram, Goodluck Jonathan and Me

Mujahid Asari Dokubo, the boisterous leader of Niger Delta Volunteer Force, has declared that he is not linked with the Boko Haram sect, even as he admitted meeting the sect’s deceased leader, Mohammed Yusuf, at the group’s mosque in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State.

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Religion not ‘Single Cause’ of Nigeria Violence

About 4,000 Nigerians have been killed by violence during the past 11 years in Plateau State, according to Human Rights Watch.  Locals say the conflict may be along ethnic and religious lines, but the root of the fighting is often political and economic. Nigeria is often described as predominantly Muslim in the North and mostly… Continue reading Religion not ‘Single Cause’ of Nigeria Violence

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Nigeria: Military kills 3 suspected sect members

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s military says it killed three suspected members of a radical Islamist sect who wanted to burn down a public primary school in the country’s violent northeast. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed said Monday that soldiers shot the suspected members of Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the sect’s spiritual home.… Continue reading Nigeria: Military kills 3 suspected sect members

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Special Report: Nigeria’s Boko Haram – between rebellion and jihad

(Reuters) – At about 10.40 one morning last August, Mohammed Abul Barra rammed his ash-colored station wagon into a security gate outside the United Nations headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, knocking it off its hinges. Barra’s 1996 Honda Accord then crashed through the main building’s glass doors and slammed against the reception desk.  … Continue reading Special Report: Nigeria’s Boko Haram – between rebellion and jihad

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A Critical Appraisal of the Boko Haram Insurgency

Note: This is not an attempt to justify the Boko Haram insurgence which I and many other Muslim maintain is a transgression of the limits set by Islam. It is rather an attempt to understand the genesis behind the violent orgies perpetrated by the group that is claiming innocent lives by the day, preventing peaceful… Continue reading A Critical Appraisal of the Boko Haram Insurgency

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‘NPF, Forget Kabiru Sokoto’ by Dr. Aliyu Tilde

Kabiru Sokoto, who some people suspect is the second in command of Boko Haram, would hardly be in police custody again. The probability that he is dead already outweighs the lesser possibility that he has crossed to neighbouring countries. By the time he was arrested, Kabiru was planning to leave Nigeria, according to reports. That… Continue reading ‘NPF, Forget Kabiru Sokoto’ by Dr. Aliyu Tilde

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Boko Haram Is Not the Problem

By By Jean Herskovits GOVERNMENTS and newspapers around the world attributed the horrific Christmas Day bombings of churches in Nigeria to “Boko Haram” — a shadowy group that is routinely described as an extremist Islamist organization based in the northeast corner of Nigeria. Indeed, since the May inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from… Continue reading Boko Haram Is Not the Problem

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US Congress warns of Nigeria’s #BokoHaram

A US Congressional report says Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram is an “emerging threat” to the US and its interests. Boko Haram has carried out a spate of bombings, including in the capital, Abuja, as well as in the mainly Muslim north where the group originated. The report said it may be forging ties… Continue reading US Congress warns of Nigeria’s #BokoHaram

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Boko Haram Disowns Konduga… says Ndume Also a Target

Maiduguri — The spokesman of the Jama’atu Ahlus Sunnah oLidda’awati Wal Jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram, Abu Qaqa today described Ali Sanda Umar Konduga who was arrested by the Nigerian State Security Service SSS, as an impostor. Qaqa, who spoke on phone in Hausa language to a group of newsmen at the Nigerian Union… Continue reading Boko Haram Disowns Konduga… says Ndume Also a Target

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