Tag: nigeria

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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Scientist who discovered Ebola doesn’t see global threat

Scientist who discovered Ebola doesn’t see global threat

| August 7, 2014

(GIN)–The Belgian researcher who first identified the Ebola virus is playing down fears of a global pandemic. “I would sit next to an infected person on the train,” said Professor Peter Piot, whose credentials include the title of former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, former head of UNAIDS, and now director of the London […]

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With more than 1,000 infected, can Ebola virus be stopped?

With more than 1,000 infected, can Ebola virus be stopped?

| August 1, 2014

(GIN)—As an Ebola epidemic sweeps relentlessly across West African borders, with the death toll topping 600, some are now asking if the virus can be stopped. The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has been called the deadliest in recorded history, with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the […]

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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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Survivors of ‘Biafra War’ in new push for reparations

Survivors of ‘Biafra War’ in new push for reparations

| July 15, 2014

(GIN)–Survivors of the Nigerian civil war that raged for three years and whose horror was captured in unforgettable photographic images that shocked the world have renewed their demand for compensation for the suffering of those years. Ndigbos, a socio-cultural Igbo group, were cut down in a brutal war that followed years of political wrangling among […]

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Nigerian comic turns off fans over offending rape joke

Nigerian comic turns off fans over offending rape joke

(GIN)–A popular Nigerian comic is losing fans fast as he goes on the attack over a rape joke that fell flat. The joke sparked an exodus of fans who abandoned the comedian Bright Okpocha aka Basketmouth but not before leaving a long trail of negative tweets and other unforgiving critiques. “Show me a man who […]

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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 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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No deal for kidnapped girls, seen in new video

No deal for kidnapped girls, seen in new video

(GIN)—Attempts to broker the return of the missing school girls held in a rebel camp somewhere in northern Nigeria were apparently quashed recently when a government minister forcefully rejected any deal. The offered deal, from Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram rebel group of kidnappers, would have released the girls in exchange for prisoners […]

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Nigerian government fails our missing girls—and our country

Nigerian government fails our missing girls—and our country

| May 14, 2014

By Oluwa Tosin Adegbola NNPA Guest Columnist The cold facts stare us in our face: Fact 1: More than 300 girls were abducted from the rural northeast region of Nigeria on April 15 while attending secondary school; 276 are still believed to be held captive. Fact 2: The federal government has yet to forcibly intervene to […]

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