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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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Boko Haram turmoil in Nigeria could lead to economic decline there

Boko Haram turmoil in Nigeria could lead to economic decline there

| May 8, 2014

If the idea of Boko Haram’s actions is to gain sympathy for a cause around the world, they appear to be failing miserably. Again, how the kidnapping of children ever could be considered an act of political consciousness is far beyond our understanding. If reports of their actions and their boasts of responsibility are true, […]

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Nigerian women lead rallies worldwide for ‘missing girls’

Nigerian women lead rallies worldwide for ‘missing girls’

(GIN)—An unprecedented surge of gatherings and rallies across the U.S. and abroad, sparked by the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian boarding school girls, have made plain the growing anger and frustration of Nigerians with the administration of  President Goodluck Jonathan. After three weeks, little more than a call this week for an investigative committee has […]

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Boko Haram admits kidnapping girls in Nigeria

Boko Haram admits kidnapping girls in Nigeria

| May 5, 2014

We don’t think anyone is surprised by this announcement. Still, perhaps we’re just hopelessly naive when it comes to human nature but we can’t figure how kidnapping innocent children will engender sympathy with anyone. Yes, this act of terrorism is designed to force concessions from the Nigerian government, but it certainly has exposed Boko Haram […]

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Nigeria holds up release of highly acclaimed film by popular novelist

Nigeria holds up release of highly acclaimed film by popular novelist

(GIN)—A new film based on the highly-praised novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi has run into “regulatory issues” from Nigerian censors who have delayed its release. “Half of a Yellow Sun” was set to open in Nigerian cinemas last week and in the U.S. this month. A spokesman for the Nigerian Film and Video […]

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Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl students

Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl students

| April 25, 2014

(GIN)—While divers conducted their final searches in Korea for the high school students drowned in a misguided ferry excursion, in Nigeria, Principal Asabe Kwambula pleaded with kidnappers of more than 100 high school girls to “have mercy on the students.” “I am pleading with the government to secure the release of the children, to save […]

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More than 230 children seized in Nigerian conflict

More than 230 children seized in Nigerian conflict

| April 21, 2014

As terrorism becomes more of a “tool” for advancing political agendas around the world, there appears to be more and more opportunities for humanity to express its more monstrous side. Perhaps we’re missing something, but it is beyond our comprehension that kidnapping children for any reason would curry sympathy for a cause. Child molesters and […]

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Seventy killed in bus blasts outside Nigerian capital

Seventy killed in bus blasts outside Nigerian capital

| April 14, 2014

Observers have said that the religion-driven conflict in Africa’s largest nation, typically thought of as being reserved to the north, was threatening to spill into the rest of the nation and destabilize the country. While early reports are incomplete, many are wondering if Boko Haram has decided to take their fight past the confines of […]

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Nigerian senator says 135 civilians killed

Nigerian senator says 135 civilians killed

| April 13, 2014

Nigeria long has been touted as a point of pride in Africa with its growing economy and status as an oil-producing nation, as well as its reputation for being a thriving democracy. But, that status has been under attack over the years due to government corruption, the jailing and suspicious deaths of dissidents in oil-producing […]

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