Tag: boko haram

Reversing course, U.S. to aid Nigeria in Boko Haram

Reversing course, U.S. to aid Nigeria in Boko Haram

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)–After a published plea from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for U.S. combat troops in the fight against Boko Haram fighters, the U.S. African Command appears ready to sweep aside its hesitation and jump in with both feet. The previous position held that advanced weapons could not be provided as there were troubling allegations of human […]

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Outrage widens in Nigeria over postponement of elections

Outrage widens in Nigeria over postponement of elections

| February 9, 2015

(GIN)—In a mounting chorus of voices, Nigerians from north to south, from the diaspora and at home, both Christian and Muslim flooded Facebook, blogs and Twitter, while turning out in street rallies over the weekend demanding that the people be allowed to vote after the national electoral commission called off the nation’s presidential poll for […]

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Nigeria at a crossroad

Nigeria at a crossroad

| February 5, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Nigeria, Africa’s so-called giant and the world’s biggest black nation, is in the news again. And as usual, much of the world is watching with considerable trepidation. On Feb. 14, voters in this West African nation of 170 million people will go to the polls to pick a president. There […]

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Bombs fly as Nigerians prepared to vote

Bombs fly as Nigerians prepared to vote

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–As if things could possibly be worse, a bomb was detonated this week within a hair of striking President Goodluck Jonathan, who had just appeared at a campaign rally in northern Nigeria. The northern region is the unofficial headquarters of Boko Haram, the insurgent group that got its start in 2009 seeking isolation from corruption. […]

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Africa to get counterterrorism assist from U.S. Green Berets

Africa to get counterterrorism assist from U.S. Green Berets

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)—U.S. Army Special Forces, America’s highly-trained operatives in unconventional warfare, direct action, reconnaissance and counterterrorism, are preparing for one of their biggest exercises of the year in Africa. Under the name “Flintlock 2015,” the exercise is a multinational training of troops in several West African countries including Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Tunisia.  It kicks off […]

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World indifferent to missing Nigerian girls

World indifferent to missing Nigerian girls

| January 28, 2015

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist One could not help but be impressed by the millions that turned out in Paris to stand against the Islamist terrorists who killed workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and four others at a kosher grocery store. Two law enforcement officers were also killed, bringing the total to […]

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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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