Tag: boko haram

With three months to go, Nigeria in grip of election fever madness

With three months to go, Nigeria in grip of election fever madness

| November 26, 2014

(GIN)–With only three months to presidential elections, Nigeria is in the grip of election fever with public feuding plumbing new depths between the incumbent party of President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the opposition. In a contentious confrontation last week, police fired tear gas to prevent the House of Representatives from meeting. A lockout was […]

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‘Chibok girls’—will government keeps its word and find them?

‘Chibok girls’—will government keeps its word and find them?

| October 21, 2014

(GIN)–With frustration boiling over at government foot-dragging over the fate of 219 girls, kidnapped from a government secondary school in Chibok last April, the Nigerian government took the audacious step this week of announcing a truce with the alleged kidnappers and a possible date for their return. The surprise announcement claimed that since a meeting […]

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Islamists gain ground in Nigeria’s embattled northeast

Islamists gain ground in Nigeria’s embattled northeast

| September 4, 2014

(GIN)—Following fierce fighting with government forces, the insurgent Boko Haram captured new ground in Borno state—sending thousands of civilians into exile, along with soldiers, residents said. “Just when you imagine that it cannot get worse for the Nigerian military and its pride as a fighting force, it takes a further dive,” observed Mannir Dan Ali, […]

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Military wives demand end to deployments against Boko Haram

Military wives demand end to deployments against Boko Haram

| August 12, 2014

(GIN)—Wives of military soldiers say they are fed up with government’s top brass sending under-equipped foot soldiers to fight the better-armed Boko Haram rebels. Skirmishes with the rebel fighters left hundreds dead last week in the north-eastern city of Gwoza in Borno state. Press reports estimated that about 100 women were protesting at the Giwa […]

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Boko Haram in daring kidnap as Obama meets with African youth

Boko Haram in daring kidnap as Obama meets with African youth

| July 29, 2014

(GIN)—Militants appear to be gaining the upper hand in West Africa’s spreading ethnic/religious fighting. This week, insurgents with Nigeria’s Boko Haram launched a cross-border attack on Kolofata, a town in neighboring Cameroon, kidnapping the wife of Amadou Ali, the vice-prime minister, and killing at least three people. It was their third incursion into Cameroon just […]

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Malala, a Taliban victim, finds sisterhood with Nigeria’s missing girls

Malala, a Taliban victim, finds sisterhood with Nigeria’s missing girls

| July 23, 2014

(GIN)–A Pakistani teen who survived certain death from a terrorist’s gunshot to her face has met with the mothers of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by elements of the group Boko Haram. On the first leg of a three day visit, Malala Yousafzai, now 17, and her father, Ziauddin, spoke with some of the mothers, telling them […]

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Child marriage–Nigeria’s other scourge

Child marriage–Nigeria’s other scourge

(GIN)–Nearly 300 school-age girls are still in the hands of Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group, but they’re not the only group of young women yanked from school against their will and made to work at the beck and call of husbands they did not choose. A new exposé rips Nigeria for its record number […]

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‘Hashtag’ campaign for kidnapped girls sparks dispute

‘Hashtag’ campaign for kidnapped girls sparks dispute

| June 10, 2014

(GIN)—Is the social media campaign to bring back the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls an effective tool to win their freedom or just trending until the next big thing comes along? That’s the question heating up the news wires with rescue efforts at an apparent standstill and new dramas coming on the media stage. Staff writer Joshua […]

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Nigeria tries to stem protest over abducted girls

Nigeria tries to stem protest over abducted girls

(GIN)—Police in Nigeria have issued a ban against further protests by Nigerian citizens, mostly women, who are demanding that government rescue the nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls whose whereabouts government claims to know. National anger and frustration has turned on the government for its failure to rescue the teenage students and many others being targeted around […]

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Nigeria says it has found missing girls – The Washington Post

Nigeria says it has found missing girls – The Washington Post

| May 26, 2014

Not to doubt the veracity of the Nigerian government’s claims to know the whereabouts of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, but we choose to reserve judgment on this report until the girls are returned. One reason is the conflicting reports that have come from Nigeria’s government in recent weeks regarding this tragedy. The nation’s […]

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