Maiduguri, the major city in Nigeria’s northeast, came under sustained attack from Boko Haram terrorists on Sunday, and officials here called it the group’s most audacious assault on the city to date. By early afternoon, the attackers had been beaten back, but not before dozens of soldiers had been killed, officials said. They said the insurgents had taken a major military base to the north of the city, sending about 1,400 soldiers fleeing into the bush.
Bayelsa state recently played host to a meeting of ex-militants with some stakeholders to discuss issues that participants find pressing. Among these issues are the follow up on post amnesty, peace of the country, anti-poverty agenda for the region, progress of the Niger Delta Region and securing the environment in the face of dwindling oil revenue accruing to the country.
“Well, it’s a fairly depressing landscape,” says Martyn Day. He doesn’t seem particularly depressed as he says it. In fact, he seems positively cheerful, radiating all the satisfaction and energy of a man doing a job he loves.
In a country that is landlocked and almost exclusively dependent on agricultural products for its economy, as it progresses gradually to an industrialised economy, any opportunity for economic diversification is exciting.
The terrible news keeps on coming from Nigeria’s embattled northeast. Two suspected child suicide bombers reportedly blew themselves up in a crowded market on Sunday – the second such attack in two days linked to Boko Haram in which young girls were strapped with explosives.
To best answer the above question is to peer through the Buhari’s profile:
“The APC Presidential hopeful is an Islamic terrorist commander”
Buhari is half educated and undemocratic like Abacha. This mallam is also very uncivilized, unforgiving, a coup plotter, an Islamic fundamentalist, tribal, and very discriminatory in his dealings with non-Muslims. This extremist is very cruel. Buhari, with a mood unstable as his academic record, would have definitely had zero tolerance for the likes of Saro-Wiwa. Therefore it’s believed Buhari would murder Ken Saro-Wiwa the same way his master Abacha did.
The Nigerian community of Bodo hit the headlines this week. In a spectacular jiu jitsu manoeuvre, they forced a £55m ($83 million) settlement from Shell over two oil spills that destroyed their homes and livelihoods.
Nigeria — My compatriots moan ceaselessly about wicked politicians who pocket the wealth from our nation’s natural resources with impunity, yet most are reluctant to do anything about it. This is not surprising — there are inherent risks in challenging authority, especially in a country like Nigeria, where, in the words of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, politics is a “do or die affair.”
Monday November 10, 2014, indubitably marks the nineteenth anniversary of the tragic and shocking death of Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa and eight of his Ogoni kinsmen, in the evil hands of professional hangmen who sneaked into Port Harcourt from Sokoto in the cover of darkness.