Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau(s) WARNING images of dead bodies

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Postby stefano » Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:53 am

Boko Haram’s roots in Nigeria long predate Al-Qaeda era

Analysis: While the group is linked with Salafist groups in North Africa, it’s a product of northern Nigeria’s collapse
April 23, 2014 8:27AM ET
by Jeremy Weate

The bomb blast near Abuja, Nigeria, on April 14 that killed at least 75 people, and the kidnapping the following day of what appeared to be more than 100 schoolgirls in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok, have placed Boko Haram firmly at the top of local news. Security was tight in Abuja’s churches and cathedrals over the Easter weekend, and in a video released to Agence France-Presse on Sunday, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the bomb, warning, “We are in your city, but you don’t know where we are.”

But northeastern Nigeria had been bandit country long before the emergence of Boko Haram. And while it may coincide with the growth over the past two decades of Salafist armed groups elsewhere in the region and beyond, the real context for Boko Haram's emergence is the long political and economic decline of Nigeria's northeast and enduring Kanuri opposition to northern power structures.

Writing in 1917, just three years after the amalgamation of south and north into a unified Nigeria, the colonial official Herbert Palmer reported back to London on the porous zone known colloquially by the British Foreign Office as "Central Sudan." The portent of his words repays quoting at length:

The whole Sudan belt is one country with no real geographical obstacles, with homogeneous peoples having a common religion, and with few or no real racial antipathies. They would be quite capable under certain circumstances of fighting for their faith ... though that is hardly a likely contingency in Nigeria so long as their Muslim life and social order are protected as they have been since 1903 ... There would, however, probably be a point at which their general sentiment for Islam and an instinctive desire for independence and freedom from Christian control might get the upper hand of their discretion, and assert itself.


Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north to this day maintains its fluid connections with the wider Sahel region — or "Sahelistan," as some have begun to refer to the region after the emergence of various armed Salafist groups operating across borders. The 1903 moment cited in Palmer's report refers to Lord Lugard's colonial annexation of the Sokoto Caliphate, founded in the 19th century by the Fulani leader Usman dan Fodio, who had called for "jihad" against the Hausa kingdoms of northern Nigeria. The British adopted an "indirect rule" policy, leaving administrative matters to Nigerians, consolidating the authority of an "emirate" that empowered the local Fulani elite as the "protectors" of Muslim life and social order.

But the authority of the local emirs has been steadily eroded over the years by grinding poverty, social breakdown and conflict over resources often masked in religious terms.

One precedent for Boko Haram was the 1979 revolt led by Mohammed Marwa, known as "Maitatsine" — the one who damns. He declared himself a prophet and led a rebellion against religious authority in Kano that claimed 5,000 lives. His supporters, the "Yan Tatsine," were often non-Hausa northerners alienated from local power structures and facing declining employment prospects. They are not direct precursors to Boko Haram, but they do reveal a history of violent rebellion in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram's backstory also taps into an older historical tradition of resistance to the colonial-controlled Sokoto elite led by Muhammad al-Kanem. Boko Haram's hierarchy is dominated by Kanuri people, who are descendants of the Kanem-Bornu empire.

Historical legacy aside, Boko Haram's rise has been fueled by economic decline. Lake Chad has shrunk by 90 percent in the past 40 years, drastically affecting fishing livelihoods and irrigation farming for a surrounding population of 30 million. And desertification claims more than 770 square miles of cropland every year. Boko Haram has emerged in the poorest part of Nigeria, where 71.5 percent of the population lives in absolute poverty and more than half are malnourished.

Still, despite the complex matrix of political, economic and historical trends into which it emerged, Boko Haram began as a simple local dispute. A decade ago, the radical Kanuri cleric Mohammed Yusuf had been running an effective alternative government to the Borno state Gov. Ali Modu Sheriff, providing welfare and jobs to locals who lacked access to the governor's patronage network. Yusuf was popular among the region's impoverished and disaffected youth, and his death in police custody in 2009 after an altercation at a funeral prompted many of them to take up arms and begin attacking police stations to avenge their slain leader. Yusuf was succeeded by the more militant Shekau, and the insurgency began to spread west and south.

Five years on, however, Boko Haram has morphed from a local rebellion into part of a pan-Sahelian insurgency with a diffuse set of targets, from schools and universities to the U.N. It has formed linkages sharing expertise, training camps and equipment with groups in Mali and Libya. It has now also splintered into six factions, including Ansaru — which has more direct links with Al-Shabab in Somalia and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). However, it is thought that Shekau has little operational control over these groups.

The massive increase in federal military spending on the counterinsurgency effort (the annual military budget is now $6.25 billion) has also created a perverse incentive within Nigeria's military to keep the war going. An International Crisis Group report (PDF) from earlier this month referred to “allegations that substantial sums are pocketed from defence and security appropriations by government officials, security chiefs and the contractors supplying military hardware.”

In June 2012, President Goodluck Jonathan made the startling claim that Boko Haram had widely infiltrated Nigeria's power structure.

"Some of them are in the executive arm of government, some of them are in the parliamentary/legislative arm of government, while some of them are even in the judiciary," Jonathan said. "Some are also in the armed forces, the police and other security agencies."


Even if Boko Haram has evolved into a national and regional insurgency, the movement's power structures may have begun to intersect with the dynamic of corruption within the state's security apparatus. At least, that's what Nigeria's president appears to believe. Others, such as Adamawa state Gov. Murtala Nyako, controversially accuse Jonathan himself of supporting Boko Haram.

A political motive for disrupting the northeast is easy to see. The International Crisis Group report notes there are now “suspicions the ruling PDP and President Jonathan, who is expected to seek a new term, are trying to suppress ballots in the region, which is largely controlled by the newly-formed opposition party the All Progressives Congress.”

Meanwhile, establishment elders such as former Chief of Air Staff Al-amin Dagash and former Minister of Finance Mallam Adamu Ciroma called a press conference in early April to query how authorities could not be aware of the use of helicopters to drop supplies to Boko Haram strongholds.

While Shekau remains the Boko Haram figurehead, the six factions of the organization, the ease with which they can penetrate secure locations in Abuja and the looming 2015 election create a far more complex picture. Even though Boko Haram has now claimed responsibility for the Abuja bomb, the State Security Service and the police are not restricting their investigations to Boko Haram. In the most recent video clip, Shekau did not even mention the Chibok kidnapping.

Political solutions are often touted as the answer to armed insurgencies, but there's little reason to expect that Nigeria's politics — and next year’s nationwide election — will produce an answer to the challenge posed by Boko Haram. The movement has established supply routes and funding sources. Caches of recovered Boko Haram weapons have been traced to Libya, and Ansaru, at least, has established links with AQIM and Al-Shabab. Nor is a "hearts and minds" approach likely to succeed when ideology may not be the key driver of the insurgency. Nor does the government in Abuja seem likely to divert resources to address the extreme poverty of the northeast; it had adopted such an “amnesty program” in response to a different insurgency in the Niger Delta largely because rebel attacks on oil pipelines there threatened state revenues. Plans to refill Lake Chad by diverting water from a tributary of the Congo are not politically feasible, and desertification is an unstoppable feature of northern life.

With these forlorn factors in mind, it is hard to see Sahelistan being anything other than violently lawless for decades to come, with its epicenter in the northeast of Nigeria. Boko Haram may by now be a mirage on the dunes fostered by alienation and merciless economic hardship; it will also remain as an opportunity to continually destabilize the Nigerian state from within. Either way, it looks as if the movement that terrorizes so many thousands of ordinary Nigerians is unlikely to be uprooted anytime soon.


- Maybe Sheriff had Yusuf killed by cops and replaced him with Shekau
- Sheriff crossed to the PDP earlier this year, if he promises to deliver Borno to the PDP he will have got massive concessions in return - blind eye on ops in Chad and Borno, even federal-level support as with trip to Ndjamena, aren't out of the question
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Postby stefano » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:26 am

How Buhari’s Declaration Exposed #BringBackOurGirls Group’s Hidden Agenda To Unseat Jonathan – Presidency

Posted by: daniel on October 17, 2014

The Presidency on Thursday said its longstanding suspicion that the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group was a smokescreen for opposition members to ‘unseat’ President Goodluck Jonathan was confirmed on Wednesday with the presence of some of the group’s leaders at the presidential declaration of Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, made the Presidency’s position known via a series of tweets yesterday.

Buhari had at the Eagles Square, Abuja on Wednesday formally declared his intention to contest the 2015 presidential elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

But Abati said the roles played by an anti-corruption activist, Dino Melaye, and the presence of one of the co-conveners of #BringBackOurGirls, Hadiza Bala Usman, at the declaration, were enough evidence of their true aim, which is to politicize the abduction of the more than 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram since April.

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Postby stefano » Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:56 am

Voice of America and AFP playing a very weird leading role in this. And the Chadians.
#ThankDavis: FGN Confesses About Sheriff-Jonathan-Deby Meeting; Says Boko Ceasefire Not Yet Signed

Published On: Sun, Oct 19th, 2014
By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja, ThisDay

The federal government has confirmed that negotiations for a ceasefire agreement with the “Abubakar Shekau” leadership of Ahlul Sunna Li Daawa Wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, will resume this week. The Principal Private Secretary to President Goodluck Jonathan and leader of the federal government team that brokered the latest ceasefire agreement, Alhaji Hassan Tukur, disclosed this on Saturday in an interview with THISDAY. He said the release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok, in Borno State, by the sect in April was at the top of the agenda.

Contrary to media reports, Tukur clarified that no issues were put on the table neither was there any discussion about the release of the Chibok girls or prisoner–swap before the current ceasefire agreement between the federal government and Boko Haram.

He said both parties had agreed, as a first step, to cease hostilities, in a deal brokered by Chadian President Idris Deby, before discussing conditions for the signing of a ceasefire agreement.

Tukur explained how members of Boko Haram, who claimed to have been sent by one “Imam Abubakar Shekau,” sent an emissary to the Chadian government to initiate discussion with Nigerian government on how to end the insurgency.

After a thorough investigation, he said, Deby contacted Jonathan, who visited Ndjamena for an ICT conference on September 8 and used the opportunity to engage in further discussion on the deal with Boko Haram.


The presidential aide said, “We have been discussing with the Ahlul Sunna Li Daawa Wal Jihad since 2013 and recently we sat down together in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, and agreed the need for a ceasefire.

“The truth, however, is that the organisation contacted Chad government first, which did their own verification and informed us. However, both the federal government and Chadian government said that there has to be cessation of hostilities first before any meaningful discussion can start.”

Asked if there were terms and conditions before the ceasefire agreement was reached, he said; “No, there was none.”
On the date for the commencement of the negotiation, Tukur said the negotiation will commence this week.
Concerning the kidnapped Chibok girls, Tukur said even though Boko Haramdh had assured that the girls were alive and well, no agreement has been reached on the date of their freedom.

He also clarified that contrary to suggestions in some quarters that the military might not have been carried along in the current ceasefire arrangement and impeding negotiation.

“Of course, the military was carried along. If the President is the Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces you will know he will not go into any venture without factoring in the military. In fact, when you look into the various committees that were set up by the federal government, the military are usually represented.”

Meanwhile, Tukur has said that the federal government would investigate the reported violation of the on-going ceasefire agreement by Boko Haram following reports of attacks in parts of Borno and Adamawa states. There were reported attacks on Maikadiri in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State, on Friday evening, and on Sina and Grata villages in Michika Local Government Area in Adamawa State yesterday.
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The following is an excerpt from the interview…
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Will there be a prisoner swap, who and how many people would be involved?

I don’t want to pre-empt anything. Please I want you to hold on till when the agreement is reached. You will be the first people to know the details. It is going to be an open secret.

What happens to the contested territories in parts of the North-east should this ceasefire hold, because the military has vowed that no part of Nigeria would be left in the hands of enemies?

What do you mean by contested. Do you mean by occupied. The military has said no territory of Nigeria would be occupied, including the contested areas. I can tell you that at the end of our discussion with Suna Jihad every territory that belongs to Nigeria will be back to Nigeria. The issue of those areas would be addressed squarely…if you remember the president has said there is no inhibition in discussing all issues, including the ones they will put on the table. There is no problem that Nigeria or Federal Government will not find a solution to. Also there is no country that its territory is occupied that will not want it returned. That is the import of this discussion. Every territory of Nigeria would return back to normalcy, local governments will function properly, people will go back to their businesses and to their houses and make sure that there is peace and stability.

Since you are involved in this negotiation with Boko Haram, Nigerians will want to know if the acclaimed leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, is dead as was being reported.

I cannot say whether he is dead or alive but an organisation of this nature has so many dynamics with people saying Shekau is still their leader. I don’t know whether he is dead or alive.

So which Boko Haram are you negotiating with?

The people we negotiated with are the people who initiated the discussion and they went through the Chadian leader Idris Deby to initiate contact with the Nigerian Government and after thorough investigation by the Chadian government, they came and we sat down to discuss. So we don’t know whether Shekau is dead or alive. It’s rumour and we only need to confirm. You saw the pictures on the Youtube and he looks like the spokesperson of the association. People that came they did it in the name of Abubakar Shekau but given the channel which they came I want to maintain confidentiality.

Assuming that Shekau is dead won’t there be a leadership vacuum and the problem of who to negotiate with?

I don’t know what you mean by the leadership vacuum. They have their structures still in existence like the Shura…they have a leadership council, which can negotiate on behalf of the organisation. If you can recall, Yusuf was their leader before and unfortunately he died. You saw when he was shot and later Abubakar Shekau emerged and as far as we know he is still their leader and he is the one they pay allegiance to, and that is the person they look up to.

We want to know the actors that brought this agreement or brokered this deal and what is the role of Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia has no role in it. I don’t know who told them this; that this agreement was signed in Saudi Arabia. I think the mistake was that when Suna Jihad wanted to declare their ceasefire the VOA representative in Nigeria who happened to be in Saudi Arabia as at that time on Hajj and when they got him on the phone he spoke from Saudi Arabia. This was now mistaken to mean the agreement was signed in Saudi Arabia that even when Channels TV heard N’djemena, Chad, they thought it’s Jedda in Saudi Arabia because it sounds similar. That is the mistake because it has nothing to do with Saudi Arabia at all and that should be corrected. It even presents a diplomatic problem because when the government of Saudi Arabia hears it, it could look like the federal government and Suna Jihad went to their country to reach an agreement without their permission. I want this to be corrected.

Which other actors played key roles in this?

The Chadian government, Idris Derby and his ministers. On the federal government side, I represented the government. Also President Goodluck Jonathan gave his full support because no president of a country would want his country to dissolve under his leadership


Child Trafficking: Did Deby’s Chad Hide The Chibok Girls?

Published On: Sun, Oct 19th, 2014

According to the latest on the alleged deal to free over 200 abducted Chibok girls, the president of Chad Idriss Deby is said to head the deal. The girls will be handed over to Deby. People are wondering how and why Boko Haram will move over 6 lorries of girls out of Nigeria to Chad to hand them over to Deby. Analysts now believe that the girls if still in one piece and place have been kept in a safe house in Chad under the Deby government.

Idriss Deby has been fingered as a collaborating Boko Haram sponsor with a governor of Borno, Ali Modu Sheriff. He was reported by Nigeria’s presidential aide, Alhaji Hassan Tukur to have requested the emergency meeting with Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan and implicated Boko Haram sponsor, Governor Ali Modu Sheriff on September 8th a week after an Australian negotiator, Stephen Davis revealed Sheriff’s involvement in the sect. Last week Deby mediated with Boko Haram commanders to broker a deal that would free a few Cameroonian and Chinese hostages and that gave Boko Haram $400,000 and arms and ammunition according to an intel. report in SaharaReporters. Deby ensured the arms were safely delivered to Boko Haram commanders in that deal.

Chad is a tier 2 child trafficking destination and the Deby government like Boko Haram is notorious for conscription and employment of child soldiers.

Wikipedia describes further:

Chad is a source and destination country for children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of forced labor and forced prostitution. The country’s trafficking problem is primarily internal and frequently involves parents entrusting children to relatives or intermediaries in return for promises of education, apprenticeship, goods, or money; selling or bartering children into involuntary domestic servitude or herding is used as a means of survival by families seeking to reduce the number of mouths to feed. Child trafficking victims are primarily subjected to forced labor as herders, domestic servants, agricultural laborers, or beggars. Child cattle herders follow traditional routes for grazing cattle and at times cross ill-defined international borders into Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), and Nigeria. Underage Chadian girls travel to larger towns in search of work, where some are subsequently subjected to prostitution. Some girls are compelled to marry against their will, only to be forced by their husbands into involuntary domestic servitude or agricultural labor. In past reporting periods, traffickers transported children from Cameroon and the CAR to Chad’s oil producing regions for commercial sexual exploitation; it is unknown whether this practice persisted in 2009.

During the reporting period, the Government of Chad actively engaged in fighting with anti-government armed opposition groups. Each side unlawfully conscripted, including from refugee camps, and used children as combatants, guards, cooks, and look-outs. The government’s conscription of children for military service, however, decreased by the end of the reporting period, and a government-led, UNICEF-coordinated process to identify and demobilize remaining child soldiers in military installations and rebel camps began in mid-2009. A significant, but unknown number of children remain within the ranks of the Chadian National Army (ANT). Sudanese children in refugee camps in eastern Chad were forcibly recruited by Sudanese rebel groups, some of which were backed by the Chadian government during the reporting period.

The government does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. During the reporting period, the government took steps to investigate and address the problem of forced child labor in animal herding. It also initiated efforts to raise awareness about the illegality of conscripting child soldiers, to identify and remove children from the ranks of its national army, and to demobilize children captured from rebel groups. The government failed, however, to enact legislation prohibiting trafficking in persons and undertook minimal anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts and victim protection activities. The country faces severe constraints including lack of a strong judicial system, destabilizing civil conflicts, and a heavy influx of refugees from neighboring states.
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Postby stefano » Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:22 am

What Ceasefire?

By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju
Published On: Tue, Oct 21st, 2014
Africa / Terror | By NewsRescue

Here we go again! What ceasefire? Who ought to declare the ceasefire? Is it the federal government or Boko Haram? Who declared war on the Nigerian state? Last Friday when it was reported that a ceasefire had been reached between Nigeria and Boko Haram terrorists that would ensure the release of 219 kidnapped schoolgirls, many people were skeptical. Who is the Danladi Ahmadu, that brokered the deal? What are his bonafides? Does he have access to the group or is he just an impostor? Is Danladi a trusted Muslim given his name? There is no one out there who has ever heard of this Danladi. Is Danladi a phony invented by Ali Modu Sheriff to save face? There are nuances involved in this “deal” that is telling.

Danladi Ahmadu many times during his VOA interview referred to the sect as Boko Haram instead of their oft preferred Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad. In that same interview, he called himself the Secretary General of Boko Haram. Is Secretary General a title that would be used by a jihadi group? These nuances reveals the shallowness of the “deal” and the sincerity of the government. It is sad that this government has refused to get the memo that the world has indeed changed. Information is available at lightning speed and unlike before, they have no idea and no control on how information can be disseminated and how quickly words go out. Welcome to the age of social media and unconventional news outlets where nothing is censored or off limits.

We have been forced to endure numerous false starts, botched intelligence, outright lies and immense official confusion on reports of progress against Boko Haram. Aside from the veracity of the ceasefire claim, there are pertinent questions that needs to be answered. Why is it that there has been no public statement from Boko Haram that an agreement has been reached with government? Why was a ceasefire was reached after the black market arms deal was blown open? Why the renewed vigor to pursue this after oil futures started tumbling? Could it be that money feeding political terrorists is drying up? Why was this announced just about the time General Mohammadu Buhari declared his candidacy? Suddenly the Chibok girls would be released, right? Isn’t these more about plain electioneering, pandering to the electorate, and rank incompetence instead of genuine patriotism?

The government should get out of its cocoon of foolishness and sample opinion on the streets especially in the affected Northern States. I can help out with bits of the feelers out there: Nigerians feels the government knows what it is doing and doing whatever it is that is politically expedient. The questions on the lips of people are a legion. Who are the insurgents? Why is it that no one seems to know them, their parents or relatives except the masters? Who killed General Shuwa? Was there any investigation of General Shuwa’s death? If yes, what happened? If no, why was his death not investigated? Where is Mohammed Marwana, Abu Mohammed and Abu Zamira, the terror Chiefs who surrendered to the Turaki committee? Who kidnapped the popular Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno? Was there any information obtained from him about his days in captivity? Michika, a town home to three serving Generals and retired General Buba Marwa was razed without any resistance, why? What do this people know that we do not know? What has the government done on the allegation by Dr. Steven Davis regarding General Ihejirika and Ali Modu Sheriff as sponsors of terror?

There is nothing authentic about this ceasefire agreement beyond the fact that it was announced by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh. The government should stop playing politics with the lives of Nigerians. There are feelers that this truce was timed to coincide with the imminent announcement that President Goodluck Jonathan is going to run for re-election. Upon Ali Modu’s defection to the PDP and his mention along with Ihejirika, the military suddenly became “effective”. No more helicopter arm drops for terrorists. The flow of money too started drying up. What can we make of these? Mere coincidences? I doubt it. We are no fools and the world is watching.

Air Marshal Badeh gave very scant details of this truce apart from saying a ceasefire had been struck with the group known as Boko Haram and that the Nigerian military service chiefs had been asked to comply. Is that how ceasefire agreements are communicated? If we know nothing else, we know the details of every ceasefire agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis. There is no boju-boju arrangement involved. Each side knows what they are conceding and what they are getting in return. Why this one sided agreement? Why the secrecy? What is the position of the jihadists? Why should someone speaking for government say “Shekau will agree”? Is he Shekau? Why is he speaking for Shekau? With that categorical statement, it is either he knows Shekau is a phantom, a creation of political games or he must think we are fools who can’t reason. Why this nebulous stories?

This deal brings to the front burner the failure of the July 2013 agreement with the Mohammed Marwana faction of Boko Haram. Then, like now, Mohammed Marwana went on the Hausa Service of Radio France International to gleefully announce a Nigerian government ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram. He pleaded for Nigerians’ forgiveness for the violence and murders. The federal government went ahead to set up a committee to work out the details of implementation and consideration for anmesty. The bogus deal was signed by Mohammed Marwana and Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, the minister of special duties. What happened to that deal and after it was signed? Boko Haram became more virulent. They stepped up their campaign of terror and here we are again!

Without question, Boko Haram has become a major issue for the 2015 elections. The present government seem interested only in developing the South South. The enemies of Jonathan and his willful self has succeeded in making him an Ijaw President. The government has no agenda for human development programs for the Northeast and Nigeria’s massive youth population – an essential for national security. Worse, the conflict has created an alternate economy for pastors, politicians and recovering terrorists.

These class of saboteurs are benefiting from arms importation, currency trafficking, money laundering and all illegal shades of business in between. What does an end to this conflict mean to this people? It means loss of money and opportunities. Whatever the deal is, this political games must stop. It is becoming clearer that this conflict is more about power games and Nigeria’s internal politics than religion. Nigeria is populated with unpatriotic political elements who are willing to sacrifice thousands, wipe entire states off the map for their personal ambition and gain? I hope the Northern elite gets the memo. Young men have been used as fodder for political reasons. Now that the Northeast has been depopulated. What next? Yeye people!

Bamidele maintains a weekly column on Politics and Socioeconomic issues every Tuesday. She is a member of Premium Times Editorial Board. Twitter @olufunmilayo


Revealed: Soldiers Watched As Gen. Shuwa Was Killed-PM News, Lagos

A relation of General Muhammed Shuwa, who was killed 2 November [2012] by gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram has revealed how the General died.

by PM News, Lagos Nov 18, 2012

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A relation of General Muhammed Shuwa, who was killed 2 November by gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram has revealed how the General died.

The story he related is different materially from the one given by Lt. Colonel Sagir Musa, spokesman of the Joint Task Force, in a statement issued on the day that the General was killed.

This is what Sagir Musa said: “At about 12 noon today at General Muhammadu Shuwa (Rtd) house in Gwange 1 area of Maiduguri metropolis, while the General was seated in his house with some guests, four men initially thought to be his visitors and guests for the Jumaat prayers entered his house and opened fire on the General and his guests. One of the guests died on the spot while the general died on the way to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. The JTF troops located in the area immediately cordoned off the area and search for the assailants is ongoing to apprehend the terrorists. The terrorists that carried out the killing of the late General will be brought to book. We call on the citizens to bring forward information that will assist the security agencies to apprehend the terrorists.”

On the contrary, a relation of the General, Dr. Hassan Bashir said the late General was sitting outside of his house, awaiting a person he had sent to buy a razor blade for him, when the gunmen came calling. And there were between seven to 10 soldiers on guard duty as the shooting happened. The soldiers as Bashir said did nothing to protect the Civil war veteran.

Excerpts of the interview as published by the Daily Trust newspaper:
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Were there no military guards in the house?

There were about eight or ten soldiers guarding this house (the General’s house).

But where were they when the gunmen came?

They were right there at their post in front of the house but none of them could show any resistance or stand and make any effort. There was another girl who is also our relation. She was in the General’s second house which was close by. She told me that when the shooting was going on, she had wanted to go out and grab one of the gunmen, exactly what the General’s wife also wanted to do. They wanted to at least obstruct the gunmen but they were grabbed by other relatives. Unfortunately, the soldiers outside could not do anything. If any of the soldiers had made any shooting, I think the life of the General could have been saved. And apart from the soldiers that had been stationed in the house, there were other soldiers at the cross section of the street. Again, there are many security checkpoints that the gunmen passed through before they came to this house. There was no resistance or effort to stop the gunmen. The General has always been in Maiduguri, he has always been in this vicinity thinking that he has been protected and his life was safe.

I can see that the soldiers are still guarding this house. Have they given any explanation as to why they were unable to repel the attack?

Not to my knowledge but I would like to know if there is any.

When the federal government delegation came from Abuja, did they ask you how the General was killed?

I explained to them in detail and they were very amused that the soldiers were there but no effort was made to save the life of the General, despite the fact that the purpose of stationing them here was to protect his life. Why there was no shouting, no shooting, nothing? How can something like this happen to a war hero? Someone that spent all his life to protect this country and keep it united? I would like to know why he was killed this way before me too vanishes from this world.

Are you happy that the soldiers are still stationed outside this house and do you see them as protecting the family?

Look, the family is gone! Which family are they protecting again? The head of the very family has vanished. Have they (the soldiers) not received orders from the high authorities to protect him? I don’t know… may be they have some commanders that did not give them orders to protect the General. Or maybe they don’t have weapons or their weapons are inferior to that of the gunmen, I don’t know.

How many soldiers were there when the gunmen came?

Between seven and ten and the gunmen were three in number. They did the shooting and left. The gunmen were even screaming and laughing and jubilating. It was women that were trying to protect General
. The women told me that if not because they were pulled back, they would have obstructed the shooting. His wife said she was pushed to the ground. This was what happened.


General Mohammadu Mamman Shuwa was not only an absolute gentleman but he was also perhaps the most respected, effective, disciplined, restrained and successful battle commander in the Nigerian Army during the civil war. He was in command of the 1st Division of the Nigerian army and it was the 1st Division that managed to defeat the Biafran Army and enter the east from the northern front.

Unlike many other commanders on both sides of the war, Shuwa was known for his immense compassion for the civilian population quite apart from his extraordinary courage and fighting skills. It is a matter of historical record that, unlike with other commanders, no massacres of civilians were carried out under him or by his 1st Division throughout the entire course of the war.

After capturing them he treated the Biafran soldiers, enemy combatants and the igbo civilian population with immense respect and remarkable compassion. This man was not just a profoundly good and humane person, he was not just a war hero, but he was also a great father, husband and family man. He was a very quiet man that consistently shunned the limelight and public office even though there is not one retired senior army officer in this country or politician, alive or dead, that did not revere him and hold him in the highest esteem.

He was not only one of General Yakubu’s Gowon’s most trusted and able officers and senior commanders during the war but he was also exceptionally close to and highly respected by other great and distinguished war-time commanders like General Olusegun Obasanjo, General Mohammadu Buhari, General TY Danjuma, General Benjamin Adekunle, General Adeyinka Adebayo, General Sani Abacha, General.Alani Akinrinade and General Ibrahim Babangida. They all looked up to General Shuwa just as did those of us in the younger generation and who are not in the military.

I should mention the fact that again as a measure of this great man’s level of compassion it is on record that during the northern officers counter-coup of July of July 1966 he saved the lives of many igbo offices by locking up the armoury and refusing to give up the key after the mass killing of igbo officers started all over the country. At that time General Shuwa was Commander of the 5th Battalion in Kano. Had it not been for his timely intervention and efforts and the efforts of the late Major General James Oluyele, who was his Second in Command at the time, many more igbo officers that were stationed in Kano, would have lost their lives that night.


General Buhari’s Convoy Targeted By Second Kaduna Bomb Blast

A source close to former military Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, has told SaharaReporters that a second bomb explosion that rocked the Kawo bus station in Kaduna today appeared to have targeted Mr. Buhari’s convoy. Three aides and security personnel traveling with Mr. Buhari to Daura, his hometown, have been confirmed injured in the afternoon blast.

by SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK Jul 23, 2014

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A source close to former military Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, has told SaharaReporters that a second bomb explosion that rocked the Kawo bus station in Kaduna today appeared to have targeted Mr. Buhari’s convoy. Three aides and security personnel traveling with Mr. Buhari to Daura, his hometown, have been confirmed injured in the afternoon blast.

Our source said that the bombers had trailed Mr. Buhari’s convoy and detonated the bomb as the convoy neared a bridge in Kawo.

Our source said the retired General was in good condition, even though he was shaken up by the trauma of the attack.

“Three of General Buhari’s aides were injured this afternoon in the explosion at Kawo,” said the source. He disclosed that the injuries were not life- threatening.

An earlier bomb explosion in Kaduna claimed more than 20 lives.

Our source stated that scores of people were killed in the second bomb blast near a bridge in Kawo. He added that numerous people, including a security aide to Mr. Buhari and two others in the ex-general’s convoy, sustained varying degrees of injury.

The source disclosed that the Kawo bus stop explosion happened as Mr. Buhari’s convoy was passing through the area. He said the ex-head of state, who is a top official of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as a staunch critic of President Goodluck Jonathan, was returning from a funeral in Zaria at the time of the explosion.

On Monday, Mr. Buhari had issued a statement accusing President Jonathan of pushing Nigeria to the edge of a precipice. He blamed the president for a spate of impeachments of political office holders who oppose Mr. Jonathan. In his response, Mr. Jonathan told the former military ruler to focus on mending the internal rifts plaguing the opposition APC.


At least 25 were confirmed dead after a bomb detonated earlier near Alkali Road in Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State. A security source told SaharaReporters that the first bomb blast was targeted at a popular Islamic cleric, Dahiru Bauchi, who was delivering a Ramadan lecture at Murtala Square to Muslims observing Ramadan Tafsir.

No group has claimed responsibility for the two high-profile attacks, but a security operative in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, said the explosions were likely the handiwork of the extremist Islamist group, Boko Haram.
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How President Jonathan, Ali Modu Sheriff Influenced Ceasefire Deal with Boko Haram
Oct 18, 2014

The Nigerian government on Friday announced that it has reached a ceasefire agreement with the Boko Haram insurgents group.

The ceasefire deal was announced by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, at the end of the coordinating conference on Nigeria–Camerooon Trans-Border Military Operations, held in Abuja, yesterday.

Badeh however did not give details of how they arrived at the ceasefire pact but speaking with the newsmen, the Defence Spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade assured that the Presidency would give the details of how the agreement was reached and the conditions attached.

Also, a Nigerian presidential aide, Hassan Tukur told BBC Focus on Africa that the agreement was sealed after a month of negotiations, mediated by Chad.

While the Chief of Defence Staff did not give details of how they arrived at the ceasefire pact, the presidential aide said a government delegation twice met representatives of the Islamist group.

However, military sources yesterday said the ceasefire agreement as announced yesterday in Abuja by the Chief of Defence Staff, was influenced by President of Chad, Idris Deby and former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff.


According to security sources, the ceasefire was the outcome of the meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and his Chadian counterpart, Idris Deby “who is regarded as a mentor to most of the terrorists.”

“When President Jonathan was informed about the relationship between Derby and the Boko Haram sect members,” according to one of the security sources, “he was asking for who could link him with the President of Chad and that was how Senator Alimodu Sheriff who also has Chadian citizenship came into the picture. Sheriff and Deby are good friends as he (Sheriff) helped him (Deby) in his struggle to become the President. Sheriff was instrumental to the dialogue and at the meeting, the Chadian President agreed to midwife the agreement and that was how the deal was struck.”

Speaking further, the source who preferred anonymity because of the sensate nature of the issue, said, “President Jonathan strongly believes that no sacrifice is too much to restore peace and sanity to the Northeast and when he was told Deby could help that was why he went.

Unfortunately, the late Shekau was not forthcoming with the dialogue until he was killed in Konduga. Shortly after, the fight by the terrorists lost steam and members were surrendering to the troops in hundreds and that was when Deby made contact again and the pact was struck.”

Recall that President Jonathan was in Chad recently, where he had talks on security issues with the president of that country. The president was pictured with Sheriff, sparking outrage in the country.

Another source who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said though the details of the agreement between the federal government and the insurgents were still sketchy, he had it on good authority that “they want their members in detention released, they don’t want any of them prosecuted and they said if the deal was accepted, they would release every abducted Chibok girl and other people in their custody.”

Our source regretted that “the terrorists have now agreed to dialogue after killing some of our good hands while their own are being detained and well fed.”


President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday [20 October 2014] met behind closed doors with the former Borno State Governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

Their meeting may not be unconnected with the ceasefire agreement reached with the extremist Boko Haram sect. Abusidiqu had reported in the wake of the ceasefire announcement by the military how the President and Sheriff influenced the ceasefire deal.

Sheriff, who has been fingered as one of the sponsors of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, declined to speak with State House correspondents at the end of the over one hour meeting.

Dressed in a cream coloured ‘Agbada’ Sheriff said to journalists: “No time today. I’m going to see the Chief of Staff.”
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Alleged Sponsor Of Boko Haram Senator Ndume To Undergo Secret Trial
October 22, 2014.

By: Ibrahim Olalekan

Midway into the trial of Senator Ali Ndume, the alleged sponsor of Boko Haram, the Federal Government yesterday requested that his trial be conducted secretly to prevent the public from witnessing the proceedings.

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The Nation newspaper reported that Ndume, a serving Senator from Bornu State, is facing terrorism related charges before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Ndume was arraigned before Justice Kolawole on December 12 last year, on a 4-count charge by the Department of State Services (DSS). He is accused of sponsoring the Boko Haram sect, and failing to provide information about the sect’s operations.

Prosecution lawyer, E. A. Orji, at the sitting yesterday, urged the court to protect the identity of the remaining witnesses scheduled to give evidence in the case.


New Video Shows Killed Boko Haram Gendarmes Including Chadians At Damboa After “Ceasefire”

Published On: Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014

The ceasefire announced by the Jonathan-led government hasthus far proven to be a mere deception as Boko haram ontinues its campaign of death in Nigeria’s northeast and keeps making attempts to capture towns. The recent Damboa attack which transpired on October 19th, was successfully repelled by brave Nigerian troops and members of the CJTF.

This video of the aftermath shows soldiers examining corpses of over 25 killed Boko Haram gendarmes, including many foreign French troops.

The soldiers point to dead terrorists and identify them as Chadian.

Others are conscripted indigenes of Damboa. Child soldiers are seen.

Lots of arms were recovered.


Liveleak video: Boko Haram Casualties- Post Damboa, Borno Attack, October 19th, 2014
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Nigeria: A nation divided

Africa’s lodestar nation has weathered Ebola, but an extremist takeover has exposed the flaw at its heart
Oct 25th 2014 | GOMBE | From the print edition

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THE road junction bears no sign that marks a border: no custom house nor passport office. On one side is a burnt-out brick building and on the other an unkempt meadow. Both are on Nigerian soil according to official maps. Yet reality is different. Down what locals call the cattle road lies another country. Between the cities of Gombe and Maiduguri the tarmac is in the hands of Boko Haram.

In recent months the extreme Islamist group has taken over swathes of north-east Nigeria. It controls at least two dozen towns in Borno state and parts of the neighbouring states of Adamawa and Yobe. Gwoza, a hill town of almost half a million people, is the capital of its self-declared caliphate. Few outsiders dare to visit. A trader who recently returned after making a delivery approved by the militants described it as an abattoir after hours: “cold, calm and full of blood”.

The group routinely slaughters unbelievers as well as Muslims, establishing its writ through fear. In September a horde of insurgents fell on the verdant villages of Kubi and Watu in Adamawa state and torched more than 500 houses. Arriving in the early morning they spent the day looting and killing among scorched corrugated-iron roofs. Bodies were dismembered and left for vultures. The security forces never turned up. “We have not seen them in a long time,” says a surviving villager, Ahmed Huda. “We are alone.”


On October 17th senior government officials claimed to have agreed a ceasefire with the group, and to have extracted a promise that more than 200 schoolgirls abducted earlier this year in the town of Chibok would be released. But the girls have not been freed and attacks by Boko Haram continue. In any case, the deal would have entailed a swap of prisoners, including militant leaders, which might have stoked the war all the more.

Boko Haram, which started out by assassinating provincial officials from the backs of motorbikes, has become an able fighting force. It conducts complex military manoeuvres reminiscent of those used by the formidable Chadian army. One seasoned observer calls it “a fairly effective commando force”.

The Islamists have looted military garrisons across the region, and now have tanks, armoured personnel carriers, anti-tank weapons and artillery. Boko Haram claims to have downed a Nigerian fighter jet (and has filmed the beheading of the pilot), so it may have anti-aircraft guns, too. The archbishop of Maiduguri speaks of its “inexhaustible boxes of ammunition”.

Worryingly, the group’s focus is now on holding territory in the north-east. Along with new weapons and tactics, the group has acquired new members. It may now field 5,000-10,000 fighters in total, perhaps double its number two years ago.


Recent recruitment has often been by force, though not much coercion is needed. “What else can the kids do with their lives?” asks a mother in Gombe. Youngsters have few options. Boko Haram feeds, indoctrinates and bloods them in raids. Many of its members fight bravely. “They fail to fear death,” says a policeman, Yusuf Abubakar. “They run into open gunfire.”

The group has long financed itself through plunder and kidnapping for ransom. It now also collects taxes at road blocks. The trader who went to Gwoza says he paid about $40 to pass through checkpoints. The group produces slick propaganda videos showing attacks in which its fighters overwhelm barracks and chase soldiers into the bush. The videos also show supposed sharia justice in action: offenders are lashed, stoned or have their hands cut off in front of sullen crowds.


The insurgency has driven about a million people from their homes and may have killed 13,000 in the past five years. At a newly erected refugee camp in Yola, Adamawa’s capital, hundreds of children wait for food. Many have seen parents or siblings killed. “My mother was burned in our house,” says eight-year-old Ramin. “My brother tried to run but they forced him back inside.”

Agriculture has collapsed in parts of the north-east. Fields are barren. Markets are noticeably empty even in areas still under government control. Public schools have been closed for half a year. Many hospitals have run out of drugs.

That is one side of a strangely bifurcated country. A very different Nigeria exists a day’s drive away. While the north is imploding, the south is booming. Lagos, the commercial capital on the coast, is a magnet for investors lured by explosive growth in Africa’s biggest economy. The World Bank recently lauded Nigeria for making it easier to set up firms. The commercial metabolism is phenomenal. Your correspondent received a letter under the door of a well-kept hotel room from the general manager offering the opportunity to buy shares in the hotel’s holding company.

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Though oil is the country’s main export earner, natural resources make up only 14% of GDP. Factories are now running at about 53% of capacity, up from 46% last year. McKinsey, a consultancy, suggests that GDP could grow by more than 7% a year for the next 15 years, making Nigeria one of the world’s 20 biggest economies.

Much is due to government reforms. Investment in the electricity sector is starting to turn on the lights. New regulations may kick-start growth in mortgages for homeowners. Inflation has been brought down from more than 13% in 2010 to 8.3%. The government has helped launch a private-sector development bank and is setting up a conditional cash-transfer system to boost the fight against poverty.

And yet, while much of the economy in the south-west is coming to life, politics in the north-east is dying. Boko Haram has risen partly because the state has been hollowed out. Nigerian institutions occupy impressive buildings but the state fails to enforce rules and civil servants and judges can be bought.

The government has racked up some successes. On October 20th Nigeria was declared free of Ebola after a well-run operation to trace and isolate 19 people infected with the virus. Yet state failure is evident when it comes to security. Kidnappings for ransom are rife: celebrities and clergymen are plucked off the street in daylight. Hundreds of people are killed every year in land disputes. Thieves siphon off as much as a fifth of the country’s oil output in the Niger delta. Piracy is common.

Such rampant criminality continues to infect politics. Gangsters aid politicians by intimidating opponents. In return elected officials share out funds plundered from state coffers. Two years ago KPMG, a global audit firm, named Nigeria as the most fraud-prone country in Africa.

Corruption blossomed in the late 1960s during the Biafran civil war, when money flowing into regimental coffers went into private pockets. The generals never lost their appetite. When they allowed a return to democracy 15 years ago the civilian political class adopted the army’s habits. What started as a nibbling at the system has turned into all-out gobbling. Earlier this year Lamido Sanusi, the internationally-respected governor of the central bank, accused the state oil company of failing to account for $20 billion in revenues. He was fired for his pains.

The president belittled the problem in May when he said corruption was not the same thing as stealing. Yet it means not only a loss of state funds but also a corrosion of decision-making. Nigeria’s federal parliament has for years refused to approve an oil-industry bill that would boost investment in oilfields and hence production. But members prefer to keep things as they are: many of them do well from local cartels’ handouts. Oil output is stagnant when it could double.

The poor and angry north

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Inequality is also starkly regional (see map). If they were independent countries, some of Nigeria’s northern states would rank bottom globally in terms of development, even though the country is the seventh-biggest oil producer in OPEC. Nowhere else in the world are more children out of school. Fewer than 5% of women in some parts can read or write. Estimates put three out of four residents in the north-east below the poverty line, around twice as many as at the southern end of the country. “Boko Haram is a reflection of the deeper crisis in the country,” says a former teacher at a military academy. Its rise is fuelled by poverty as well as the brutality and incompetence of the security forces.

Extrajudicial killings account for thousands of deaths in the north. Revenge is a common reason for commando raids. Abuse in detention centres is routine. Some police stations have what is informally known as an “O/C Torture”—Officer in Charge of Torture—who handles interrogations. Dozens of bodies, many bearing the marks of torture, turn up at the main morgue in Maiduguri following police sweeps. Some prisoners appear to have been starved to death.


In the field the army lacks the equipment and morale to give chase. Boko Haram destroyed much of the air fleet in a raid last year and is now free to ride around in large convoys unmolested from above. The generals have asked Western countries for new helicopters and other equipment but were told first to alter their tactics, respect human rights, create proper supply lines and learn counter-insurgency skills. America, among other countries, cannot offer Nigeria training and arms until its army respects human rights.

Hapless at chasing insurgents, the army is nonetheless skilled at extracting bribes. Troops sent to the north-east to fight Boko Haram run checkpoints as shakedown spots. On the road between Maiduguri and Damaturu drivers are stopped every 10km (6 miles) or so and are asked for money by soldiers. In some cases the bus driver collects the bribes from passengers before leaving and hands them over to speed things up. “You pay according to how much luggage you bring,” says a passenger.

The soldiers are only following the example of their generals, many of whom retire as millionaires. A budget supplement of $1 billion to fight Boko Haram is seen by some as a little more than a new trough for greedy officials. So little of the money reaches front lines that desertion is common. Troops frustrated by a lack of food and ammunition have shot at their own officers. Several have been sentenced to death by firing squad for mutiny.

One expert says the army “is close to being shattered”. It has about 18,000 troops in the north-east, an area populated by 10m widely dispersed people. About half the force, amounting to most of the combat-capable troops in the 60,000-strong army, is squatting in Maiduguri.

Government officials insist that Nigeria does not face an existential crisis but rather struggles to communicate its successes abroad. The finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, complains that “the international media tend to have one line of good news on Nigeria and everything else is bad.” She says the country is getting a grip on its problems. The army was long neglected in favour of development. “We chose butter over guns,” she says. That is now changing. President Goodluck Jonathan has launched initiatives to boost development, schools and health care in the north-east. He speaks of “turning the tide”.

The president has never been short of speeches or initiatives. But his critics fear he is no longer able to effect wholesale change in a broken state. Nobody can predict when Nigeria might tip over into chaos. But that day seems to be coming closer.
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General Ihejirika: A Loony Biafra Fanatic Or Just Deadly Corrupt?

Dr. Peregrino Brimah [Sept. 2014]

The Federal Government of Nigeria has not come out to reject the incriminating statements made by its employed Chief Boko Haram negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, from Australia, who three days ago named former Chief of army staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika and a former governor of Borno state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, both ruling party members, as the top sponsors of the Boko Haram deadly sect that has killed more than a hundred thousand Nigerians and displaced over four million, mostly farmers in the nation’s north.

For some reason I bet the Jonathan government will never discredit him because they know he knows much more he is not yet saying and they will not want to risk him getting bitter and telling Nigerians much more of the truth they are dying, literally dying to know.

It can be concluded that the ex-military chief is a top sponsor of Boko Haram. The inefficiency and gross sabotage of the military and military operations over the past four years of his reign are living and dead testimony of his membership role in the organization. Well noted military abandonments of post prior to Boko Haram attacks, the facilitated transfer of Nigeria’s best weapons, armored tanks and APC’s (taken up north to “combat the terrorists) by the military to Boko Haram throughout his tenure and continuing today are further evidence of his support of the group.

The question Nigerians now ask is, why? Why will a Christian army general from the southeast sponsor a group that is promoted as being radical “islamist?”

The answer must lie between or be a combination of the following:

Retired general Azubuike Ihejirika is likely a loony Biafra Zionist fanatic. His interests lie in the destruction of the north of the nation which he blames for the defeat of Ojukwu’s Biafra secessionist attempt. This will explain why the Nigerian military men drafted to protect a well respected former general, who fought valiantly on the Nigerian side against Biafra, late General Muhammed Shuwa, were described to have withdrawn and looked on as the general was assassinated at his home. Of course General Ihejirika not court-martialing these men proves his involvement.

General Azubuike Ihejirika would have been enjoying the havoc caused by Boko Haram on the north along with the handful of fellow loony fanatics like himself that always celebrate the deaths and destruction to the north and call it “pay-back,” not mindful of the fact that hundreds of thousands of innocent people who were not even born during the civil war; and millions who did not participate in any way are the majority of victims.


There are hundreds of cases worldwide where people and States act in like fashion with conspiracies to undermine others they hate. In many of these events, these mischief makers even sacrifice their own in false-flags to achieve their ulterior goal.

It is evident that General Ihejirika did not mind as Boko Haram continued to murder Nigerians in the north. He vehemently opposed the request for additional troops made by the then Chief of defense, Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim to curb Boko Haram’s onslaught. It can be recollected that by May last year, Boko Haram had taken over 2/3rds of Borno and the General still rejected the demands for the needed troops and was seen driving in convoy’s in Abuja building his multi-billion hotel.

It was later that May, after we released a high level intelligence report, alerting the world about the permitted occupation of the north by ragtag terrorists, that Nigeria’s President and the General were finally forced, reluctantly, to declare a State of emergency and finally draft the needed troops.

It can also be recollected that as soon as victory was in sight and the first “Shekau” was killed by the then Joint Task Force – in August of 2013 – that the Nigerian president and General Ihejirika stopped the successful coordinated JTF-CivilianJTF assault on Boko Haram and re-deployed all troops with knowhow of the war; and created a docile 7 division army that was now “banned” from cooperating with the CivilianJTF and would leave Boko Haram to recover and re-establish their assault on the farmers of the north.

The ex-general was fulfilling the dream of the handful of fanatics who believe self-determination can only be gotten through murder. Many of us will fight for the liberation of not only the Igbo States if the people so desire, but also every Nigerian zone that wants sovereignty and self-determination; but one must not and need not shed a drop of innocent blood to achieve this and any other goals.

Corruption is also a motive for his actions sponsoring Boko Haram. The alleged war against terror is a great source of wealth for the army chiefs. A quarter of Nigeria’s budget goes to financing this war and yet several reports, some by ENDS and others by SaharaReporters have exposed how the Nigerian army has been severely underfunded. Soldiers sleep and eat in shameful condition. They wear substandard gear and sometimes two army divisions are combined to one unit to half the cost of operations. The billions allocated to the war on terror have been swallowed by Nigeria’s executive government and the top army chiefs. Soldiers complained to us that they are given only two rounds of ammunition to defend barracks’ with instead of 10 times that, the minimum required allocation. Soldiers complained that they had to beg the armory for rounds. The former General was stuffing his mouth with money for the army beyond belief.

He has been reportedly constructing mansions and ultra-modern hotels on the money for Nigeria’s defense. Clearly the preservation and continuation of the war was in his interest and is still in the interest of Nigeria’s army chiefs as it gives them stupendous wealth under in the “democratic” era where they are out of government.

The ex-General made an inadvertent confession of the sabotaging of the needed development of the Nigerian army in his rascally diversionary attack on the person of El-Rufai when these accusations were first published. He admitted and alleged in that statement published in the Vanguard that “it was because money was not spent on the army that Boko Haram was successful.” So #WhereIsOurMoney? Is it money for the Nigerian army that he spends on Boko Haram? What wicked treachery!

If I may add a third reason- the former army Chief is a known as a PDP ruling party potential gubernatorial candidate for Abia State. The ruling PDP party has always utilized Boko Haram as a means of tarnishing the image of their opposition. It can be recollected that the former Party chairman and a best friend of the President, Bamanga Tukur, still on public salary, said, “Boko Haram is fighting for justice, Boko Haram is another name for justice.” General Ihejrika on this basis would have been doing the party’s bidding by destroying the north, most especially opposition States.

We must thank the Chibok grls for their prayers which the Lord is answering by revealing the identities of those doing this to them and their people. Nigerians can bet on more revelations in the coming days and months. Meanwhile the nation waits as it expects these sponsors to be arrested in the coming days; else the Jonathan government will be again more seriously implicated in Boko Haram sponsorship.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian
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Boko Haram Member Confesses Former Gov. Sheriff Supplies Shekau Arms, Ammunition [Video][b]

Published On: Tue, Oct 28th, 2014

A middle aged man suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect has fingered a former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff as the sponsor of the sect.

The suspect whose name was not given was arrested and interrogated by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Borno State.

Although, no details of his arrest is known, the suspect confessed in a video that Ali Modu Sheriff supplies the sect with arms and ammunition.

Recall that an Australian Negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis had few weeks ago accused the former governor and a retied Army Chief as the sponsor of the deadly sect, an allegation the two accused persons denied.

Dr. Davies had said at different times that he was told by several Boko Haram commanders that Sheriff who recently defected from the opposition All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a major sponsor of the sect.

According to him, the former governor’s defection is to shield him from possible prosecution by the PDP led government of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The suspect who spoke in Hausa said Sheriff is the one who supplies Shekau ammunition, adding that Shekau confirmed this himself.

We have transcribed the confession below. You can also watch the video:

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BH; Bakura Amir

Inv; How many people have you killed?

BH; Only two people

Inv; Who are their names?

BH; I dont know their names

Inv; are they teachers and do you know where they teach?

BH; Yes [b]they are teachers and i dont know where they teach

Inv; what is your own name?

Inv; My name is Zaram but the name my parents named me is Mohammed Alhaji Bukar

Inv; Why did you join Boko Haram?

BH; Because i wanted them to give me money

Inv; How much did they give you?

BH; N800,000 [$5,000]


Inv; what will be your advice to anyone who is willing to join Boko Haram?

BH; Kaiii. i will advise them not to join because BH is doing an evil thing. it has nothing to do with Islam

Inv; Have you ever met Shekau?

BH; No, i have never met him but he only gives us money and arms through our intermediary

Inv; Who gives you weapons?

BH; it is Shekau who gives us weapons

Inv; who gives Shekau weapons?

BH; It is Ali sheriff

Inv; Ali modu sheriff?

BH; Yes. SAS

Inv; you mean it is Ali Modu sheriff that sends weapons to Shekau?

BH; Yes

Inv; is that what Shekau said?

BH; Yes


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Cameroun : Ramat Moussa, le maire de Fotokol, arrêté pour complicité avec Boko Haram
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Le maire de la commune camerounaise de Fotokol ( Extrême-Nord ), Ramat Moussa, par ailleurs membre du Rassemblement démocratique du peuple camerounais ( RDPC, au pouvoir ), est actuellement en interrogatoire dans les services de la police à Yaoundé, pour répondre d’accusations de complicité avec la secte islamiste nigériane Boko Haram, a appris APA lundi de sources sécuritaires.

Arrêté dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi, Ramat Moussa aurait, indique-t-on, été cité avec insistance par Issaka Gare, alias Modibo et Abakar Ali Ahmed, alias Oumar, deux agents de liaison de la secte arrêtés il y a près de deux semaines à Kousseri, localité frontalière avec la ville nigériane de Gambarou Ngala où le mouvement islamiste a installé l’un de ses quartiers généraux.

C’est à Kousseri, justement, non loin de Fotokol, que l’armée a découvert un important arsenal constitué d’un stock d’armes et de munitions

Ramat Moussa, indiquent des sources introduites, avait pris l’habitude de convoyer la logistique de Boko Haram en territoire camerounais dans son propre véhicule de service, toute chose qui ne pouvait pas attirer l’attention des forces de défense.

L’édile est aussi soupçonné d’avoir fourni des informations capitales à Boko Haram quant aux positions de l’armée camerounaise sur le terrain, ainsi que sur les sites devant faire l’objet d’attaques de la secte.

Fin juillet dernier, une attaque attribuée à ces djihadistes avait fait une quinzaine de morts côté camerounais et l’enlèvement de 17 personnes dont l’épouse du vice-Premier ministre camerounais en charge des Relations avec les Assemblées, Amadou Ali.

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New Shekau video

Postby stefano » Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:26 am

Latest Boko Haram Video Impostor Confirms Shekau II Killed At Konduga – Analysts

Published On: Sun, Nov 2nd, 2014

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Thorough analysis of the latest Boko Haram video released by the group has validated that the second Shekau of Boko Haram, known as Shekau II was killed at the Konduga battle in September this year by the Nigerian army and members of the Civilian-JTF.

The latest video experts claim had the new Shekau impostor hiding far from the camera making it impossible for his identity to be made out for the entire duration of the video.

Additionally experts determined that the name, “Abubakar Shekau” written at the bottom of the video through out it was in attempt to prove the unprovable. The group does not typically write the name of its leader at the bottom of their videos. Experts agreed that this unusual stint was done because the terrorists recognized that with the impostor being hidden so far from the camera, it would be impossible for viewers to believe it is him; hence the name subtitle.

For the video released before this last one, experts agreed that the precise date it was made could not be concluded and it was possibly one of many saved videos made by Shekau II to be used with voice-over in the event of his death.




"Your white man from Germany"?

The man in Saturday's video, who spoke in the northern Hausa language with occasional phrases in English, also said the group is holding a "white man", without giving details.

The only known hostage seized in the northeast is a German teacher kidnapped from a college in the northeastern city of Gombe in July by gunmen widely assumed to be linked to Boko Haram.


[url=Read more: http://newsrescue.com/full-video-boko-h ... z3I0RnvJH2]Full Video: Boko Haram “Shekau” Confirms Nigeria’s Leader Jonathan As Clueless And Evil For Ceasing Fire[/url]

Published On: Sat, Nov 1st, 2014

I am using this opportunity to send this message to the infidels in Nigeria and their rest infidels in the world in Hausa vernacular, the tongue that many understand and if the need arise, I will explain in Fulani and Kanuri, but let us explain to you briefly.

People should know that it is Allah that we are serving, the Prophet of Allah SWT. This is what we put ahead of us; we are praying to die in this path and see heaven and begging Allah to grant us inner most part of heaven and may Allah shield us.

You followers of the constitution, have you forgotten your what you said in your constitution when we were preaching in Maiduguri town? In you constitution, you cite section 8 verse 1, 2 to 3 in that your cursed document referred to as the constitution, that it is a law and not reversible. You came out in your radio and newspapers and say we are fighting for Islamic Caliphate, it is that constitution that stops us preaching in Maiduguri, and we move out because of exile Allah tasked us to embark.

boko sibling2Have you also forgotten? And you are now seating down and say you have reached ceasefire with us, with who? That your infidel Danladi Ahmadu, if he is our hands today he will not pass the day because we will slight his throat. When did we even know him? Who is Danladi in this world? Allah is the knower of everything.

Because of this, there is no any ceasefire or dialogue with anyone instead it is a war with beating and killings, and guns that we are hungry for like food with Maggi cubes. We are on course; our focus and determination is to see that only Quran is being use in running the world, with Allah this is what we put ahead of us.

That President Idris Deby of Chad and one Ambassador of Nigeria, with Cameroon that we are doing ceasefire, where did they see us? Your white man from Germany is with us presently, he is crying and if we like we will cut him into pieces, or gun him down. We are not afraid of anyone except Allah; this is our job.

Who have freed girls from Chibok whom we abducted in their school? Those girls that Shekau abducted and took them to place of his choice about six months today. Allah passed infidels; Allah is ahead of America, Allah is ahead of a plane called drone, nonsense, Allah is supreme ahead of everyone.

If parents of Chibok girls will know the condition of their children, they will not be worry; it is either to be with their conversion to Islam or you die with pains. You don’t know that the over 200 Chibok girls have convert to Islam, they have memorized several sections of Quran, they have finished in the midst of John, Luka and others, they have realized that Christians have filled old testament with lies.

Small girl from Chibok insisting that Islam is the true religion, just form six. We have married them off, and they are in the house of their husbands. To hurt people is Shekau, they are saying Shekau is a throne; it is me Shekau whose father is Muhammadu, Shekau the man that hurts infidels, staying in the world will be difficult for you, you are just misbehaving in the world.

Who created you? We have not done any ceasefire with anyone; we did not, we did not do ceasefire with Chad, we did not do same with Cameroon and we did not do same with Niger and Nigeria. We did not do same with Ambassador of Chad, and we did not do any dialogue with Africa. We did not do same with Europe and Asia; we did not do with America and the useless United Nations of nonsense.

We did not, who is dialogue? It is a lie; it is a lie, we will not do it, Allah said no to it. We are working with Quran, and no infidel will threaten us. You lacked what to do; you want to please your leaders, and you are lying, the likes of Solomon Darlung, Abdullahi Wase, the likes of Senator Ndume. The people are tired, whether you like it or not we are working for others to convert Islam.

What is my business with you? Me that left my parents in our house; I left my mother and father. I came out to team up with those that want to promote Islam; you are just deceiving people with ceasefire.

It is with a single knife that I started and today with more than 20 vehicles I ceased from you, and they are saying Shekau is not a person but a special name. I greet you SSS; I greet you that went to study in Israel, I greet you a member of psychology origin; I greet you descendants of biology. I greet you fools that pledge to Nigeria.

You pledge to Nigeria your country, I Shekau pledge to Allah my God. If you don’t know, today you will know, I pledge to Allah to be faithful. This is Shekau, nonsense like you people. This is my brief talk; this one is okay for you, and you should convert to Allah and follow Quran.

You are unlucky to have missed Quran and stopping those doing it; it is a lie anyone that refuse will see.
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Re: Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau(s) WARNING images of dead bo

Postby stefano » Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:39 am

New video shows scenes inside 'Boko Haram-controlled town'
10 Nov 2014 09:00AFP

A new Boko Haram video obtained by AFP on Sunday shows militants on an armoured vehicle parading down a road in an unidentified town they apparently control and the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau preaching to locals.

It was not possible to tell whether the footage was staged for propaganda purposes, especially scenes of residents cheering Islamist fighters.

The message appeared to be aimed at reinforcing Shekau’s claim that he has created a caliphate within Nigeria.

In the 44-minute video, Boko Haram voices support for other so-called caliphates, including the one proclaimed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State (IS) group.

Shekau, who is pictured in closeup shots with rare clarity, again dismisses government claims about ceasefire talks.

‘Living in a caliphate’

The video, which was delivered through the same channels as past messages, shows armed men lined along a well-paved road, with three pick-up trucks bristling with heavy weapons also visible.

Black, crested flags associated with the Islamist group are also shown.

Later, an armoured vehicle rolls down the road lined with both fighters and individuals who appear to be residents of the town.

Boko Haram has released a series of videos showing similar military hardware, equipment it says was stolen from the Nigerian military. Such claims have been impossible to verify.

No women or girls are seen on the street or anywhere else in the footage.

Most of the message is taken up by a sermon from Shekau, delivered indoors but apparently played on a speaker to locals assembled outside.

“We have indeed established an Islamic caliphate,” he said, restating a claim he first made in August.

The images of the sermon include unusually clear closeups of the Nigerian militant leader.

‘Support for Islamic brethren’

Shekau has previously expressed solidarity with other jihadi groups and leaders.

In the latest video, he seemed to associate territory under his control with a wider, global caliphate, but did not submit to the authority of any other jihadi leader.

“To everyone living in Islamic Caliphate, we convey our greetings,” he said, specifically mentioning “brethren” in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Shishan (an Islamist term for Chechnya), Yemen, Somalia and “the Caliphate in Iraq and Syria.”

A graphic shown later includes a picture the IS group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as well as a portion of the message his group issued on July 1 proclaiming a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Iraq on Sunday was investigating whether Baghdadi was killed in air strikes by US-led coalition warplanes.

‘There is no truce’

Nigeria maintains it is still negotiating with Boko Haram envoys in neighbouring Chad and that a disputed October 17 ceasefire declaration remains viable.

Violence has however continued and the Islamists are believed to control more than two dozen towns and villages in the northeast.

“There is no truce between me and Nigerian tyrants,” Shekau said, dismissing the credibility of Danladi Amhadu, the purported rebel negotiator.

“This person Danladi… if he thinks he can, let him show his face. By Allah, we will kill him,” the Islamist leader said.




4'41", not the "44-minute" video AFP says. Cut in such a way that the word 'Caliphate' does not remain, odd splicing-in of Baghdadi near the end.

But Shekau does look and sound like Shekau II, is shown closer than in other videos since Konduga battle. Has a chewing stick again - misdirection?

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Postby stefano » Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:14 am

EXPOSED: How Chadian President Tricked Clueless Jonathan Into Fake Boko Haram Ceasefire
Published On: Mon, Nov 10th, 2014

On October 16, the Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh announced a cease fire between the Nigerian government and the terrorist group Boko Haram which has in the past 5 years killed over 10,000 people mostly in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. Most Nigerians were skeptical of the said agreement. But, Badeh appeared to be certain and said he had ordered his commanders on the ground to cease fire in line with the said agreement with the dreaded terrorist group.

Badeh’s announcement followed a similar announcement by Danladi Ahmadu on Voice of America. Ahmadu described himself as a general secretary of Boko Haram.

Following the said cease fire, there was news that the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, whose predicament had been in the fore-front of campaigns against terrorism and against the government’s handling of the insurgency, were soon to be released in line with the new path towards peace.

But, instead of calm, the terrorist group intensified its assault on towns and villages in the North East, hoisting its flag and even overrunning the home town of Badeh in Adamawa.

The man in the centre of the supposed ceasefire is Idriss Deby, the president of Chad a former military general, Deby has ruled Chad for 24 years. It now turns out that the Chadian president sold a dummy to the Nigerian government as reports say the Deby is now unreachable to Nigerian government officials and it is unclear if he was fooled by the people who approached him with the cease fire agreement or he was in league with Boko Haram all along.

According to our sources in the Federal Government who are in the know concerning the said ceasefire agreement, the Chadian president approached President Goodluck Jonathan with a request from a man called Danladi Ahmadu who claimed to be Boko Haram’s general secretary. The Chadian president confirmed the authenticity of the contact he had and the genuineness of the intentions of the terrorist group to end hostilities. President Jonathan delegated his Principal Secretary Awwal Tukur to represent the federal government at the negotiation table.

Soon after, the terrorist group has produced a video in which some militants are seen from a long shot, one of them claiming to be Abubakar Shekau and a accompanying voice-over denying the reported ceasefire and saying that Ahmadu is an infidel and has no relationship with Boko Haram.

“Nigerian government officials no longer have access to Déby who is now said to be sick. It appears he set us up to drop our guard and allow Boko Haram to gain ground,” the official said.


Last week, a Nigerian journalist who had linked with Boko Haram Ahmad Salkida, had on a Twitter interview warned the government over the fathom cease fire agreement giving some insight into the thinking of the group. He said that the ceasefire was “shadows and bubbles” and said that the said Boko Haram secretary general was a fraud and considered an infidel by the terrorist group.

Another Nigerian government official speaking with The Cable said, “The period of the phantom negotiations gave the terror group time to regroup, reinforce and restrategise, which is the intent of Déby for asking the Nigerian government to negotiate a ceasefire with Boko Haram,” the source said. “As soon as Nigeria began to make a lot of gains in the war against Boko Haram, owing to the efforts of the military and President Goodluck Jonathan who has been discussing with regional leaders to halt the insurgency, and at a time the commanders of the sect were being rounded up, that was when the Chadian president approached the Nigerian government asking that it mediates between the parties in the conflict.

“The discussions between the government and the Chadian president on Boko Haram started in September. However, Déby said he was already talking with Boko Haram.

“The government was trying to verify the authenticity of Boko Haram’s representatives in the supposed negotiations, but Déby asked the Nigerian government to take a chance that he had done the verification already. He affirmed that Boko Haram’s representatives were truly standing in for the group in the negotiations.”

“Tukur was the one spearheading the dialogue with Boko Haram on behalf of the Nigerian government. He had the first contact with group. It was still in the middle of the supposed negotiations that Danladi Ahmadu announced on Voice of America that the group had ceased fire. Following the announcement of ceasefire by the group, the Nigerian government equally announced a ceasefire on October 17 for the supposed negotiations to continue.

“A Nigerian delegation left for Chad on October 21 for talks with Boko Haram, but the Chadian president became evasive. The Nigerian delegation was told that Déby was sick and that the meeting be rescheduled for October 23.

“However, on that date, the delegation was told that the Chadian president was still sick after waiting for six hours. The delegation made visits to Chad a number of times, but met a brickwall.

“As Boko Haram’s resumed attacks grew in intensity, the Nigerian government became worried. Many attempts were made to inquire from the Chadian president who was supposed to be mediating between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram, but the attempts were all futile.

“France was privy to the botched negotiations, but said nothing just like the Chadian government.

“It became clear to the Nigerian government that Déby was working for Boko Haram. The government of Chad has not said a word to the Nigerian government since Boko Haram’s resumed onslaughts. It has simply refused to make any comment or communicate with the Nigerian government.

“The Nigerian government has also ceased to speak with the Chadian government on the matter since it is now clear that Chad is working with Boko Haram.”

The official also said that the next move for the Nigerian government is a full-scale military assault on the terrorist group.

“The only option left for the Nigerian government is to continue to use force to end the crisis. As it is now, there is no negotiation or mediation going on. The statements by some government officials that the abducted Chibok girls would return soon were based on assurances by the Chadian government, but now there is no negotiation going on anywhere,” he said.

“It is important to add that the Nigerian government decided to honour Chad’s request for negotiations with Boko Haram, because it was the first time a foreign government would be mediating in the protracted insurgency in the country. Other individuals have tried, but the government has always spurned them.”



EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Murtala Nyako Removed To Allow Boko Haram Take Over Adamawa
Published On: Sun, Nov 9th, 2014

A top intelligence source has informed that the removal of the governor of Adamawa, Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako by the Jonathan government through impeachment in July of this year, was to enable the ravaging Boko Haram terrorist group the chance to conquer Adamawa state.

The source described that the former governor, a top brass former military officer was an impedance to Boko Haram’s incursion of the state having the intelligence wherewithal to act against the threat. However when it was recognized that the spread of the insurgents ravaging Borno into Adamawa would never be possible with Nyako as governor, plans were made to remove him.

Boko Haram has now taken over one third of Adamawa state, effectively capturing the entire north of the state and promising to advance to and capture Yola, the state capital.

The source further said that Governor Nyako has been significantly obstructing Boko Haram’s activities in the entire northeast including in Borno state. With his capacity as administrator, he was seriously attacking the advances and capacity of the Boko Haram terrorists and additionally he was bringing international awareness to the acuteness of the crisis and inviting the United States to convene on the Jonathan government to act against the terrorists which it was reluctant to.

Nigeria’s chief of army has since been accused of being a Boko Haram sponsor along with a former governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff.

Governor Nyako is the only Nigerian governor to be removed during the Jonathan government.
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Postby stefano » Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:58 am

40-minute video that AFP got.

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Postby stefano » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:38 am

Reports from Adamawa: a captured Boko Haram terrorist was reported to have told an interrogating officer today [18/11/2014], that “we are serving the same master.”

His statement was taken to mean that the same government officials who employ the Nigerian army members also employ Boko Haram terrorists. This is just one more of increasing evidences implicating the nation’s leadership in the terror crises ravaging the nation, most especially in the northeastern “opposition” stronghold states.

A recent ceasefire declared by the Nigerian government that deliberately allowed Boko Haram regroup and conquer much territory in the northeast is part of recent events that point to government clandestine support for the terror organization.

The clamping down and arrest of the head hunter, Sarkin Baka Adamawa who lead Ibn Fadlallah vigilantes to recover Maiha and Mubi also points to Federal government desperate desires to promote terror in the affected states.

Another piece of most damning evidence was our exclusive report of a recently crashed helicopter that had two white men and two Nigerian army officers and was carrying 6 boxes of about 6 million dollars and arms and ammunition. Eyewitnesses said the occupants of the helicopter immediately ordered it burnt with the millions of dollars in it. It is believed this money and arms was supplies for Boko Haram.


Adamawa Crash: Up To $6 Million Intentionally Burnt With Helicopter To “Cover Evidence”
Published On: Mon, Nov 17th, 2014

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6 boxes of about a million dollars each quickly purposely set on fire in crashed chopper
Two white passengers and two military men were on-board
Weapons and ammunition were loaded in craft
Witnesses were driven from the scene as the passengers ordered it to be set on fire

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We have received serious reports that the helicopter that crashed near Yola, in Adamawa state last week, was loaded with hard currency and ammunition.

Veritable eyewitnesses at the scene informed ENDS agents about these details. According to witnesses, the chopper was ferrying two white passengers. The passengers chased away eye witnesses and barred most security agents. They ordered the chopper to be burned. It can be recalled that it was publicly reported in the media that the chopper was on fire and explosions were heard from within it.

These shady actions of the passengers of the chopper raise pertinent questions. What was the hard currency and arms onboard for? Could this chopper have been on a mission to supply Boko Haram? Why was it ordered burned? Who were the white passengers?

Recently a private jet belonging to the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Can was detained along with three passengers including an Israeli in South Africa on allegations of cash and arms smuggling. The confiscated $9.3 million dollars was only released to Nigeria after the Nigerian presidency blackmailed the South African government, threatening to harass their legitimate business interests in Nigeria.

The recent sham cease fire announced by the Jonathan-led government of Nigeria in suit with Ali Modu Sheriff, a named Boko Haram sponsor and the President of Chad also implicated in arming and supporting the terrorist organization, which allowed Boko Haram regroup and capture more territory in Borno state and the north half of Adamawa state has provoked serious review of the roles of Nigeria’s leadership in facilitating terror.

Currently, the Jonathan ordered clampdown on vigilante forces who had scored great victories against Boko Haram, liberating Maiha and Mubi towns in Adamawa has further pointed to an open effort by the nation’s leadership to protect Boko Haram possibly among other reasons to make elections impossible in the northeast next year February.

The well known Sarkin Baka of Adamawa was according to latest reports arrested Sunday for leading hunters who have amassed in their hundreds to successfully recover Mubi and Maiha. This arrest followed his house being burned down by Boko Haram terrorists when they captured Gombi late last week. The picture is one of Boko Haram and the Nigerian security services under the current leadership working in rapidly tandem.

Meanwhile the Emir of Kano has called on all Nigerians to desist from waiting for and relying on the army, but to arm themselves by whatever means possible and defend themselves and the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian
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