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Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is strengthening and increasing the brutality of its actions as a result of its growing connection with ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, the Executive Director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has said. He also strongly urged President Barack Obama to add Boko Haram to the U.S.'s global anti-terror strategy.
Pastor Laolu Akande told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday that Boko Haram is "gathering a greater boldness in their brutality," commenting on news that the group, which has been carrying out attacks in Nigeria for over five years, has turned to capturing and gaining control of towns in Borno state.
• Wants defeat of insurgents before dialogue
• Seeks speedy approval of $1b loan request
• Reps canvass more action against terrorism
• Ask panel to produce report on PIB
TO enable the nation to finally check the ongoing insurgency in the North East, the Senate Tuesday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a total war on Boko Haram. It also urged him to mobilise all recourses and efforts to that effect.
The upper legislative chamber, which resumed from its long recess yesterday, also resolved that the $1billion external loan requested by the president shortly before it embarked on break be granted an accelerated approval.
Nigeria New revelations raise questions about U.S. response to Nigeria’s Boko Haram
On that day, terrorist group Boko Haram carried out a suicide bombing at the main UN building in Abuja, Nigeria, killing 24 persons and injuring more than 100. Since then Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and other lawmakers have three times during hearings asked State Department officials whether Americans were in that building. Three times those officials have hedged.
The leader of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has established the world’s second Islamic “caliphate” this summer and is seeking to cement his bloody rule on a territory that is now roughly the size of West Virginia.
While much of the world has been focused on the brutal reign of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the forces of Boko Haram have been racking up victories in northern Nigeria and violently imposing an equally harsh version of Islamic law on approximately 3 million civilians – including beheadings, forced marriages and the forced induction of children into its military forces.
Most recently, the group’s fighters have seized two cities with a combined population of 600,000; nearly surrounded Maiduguri, home to about 1 million Nigerians; and sent government troops fleeing in scenes reminiscent of the rout of the Iraqi army by ISIS fighters this spring.
Tens of thousands of refugees have likewise streamed across the border with Cameroon, in some cases pursued by Boko Haram fighters. Islamist fighters also kidnapped the Cameroon’s deputy prime minister’s wife, who remains missing.
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*Michelle Obama nominated as Distinguished Friend of Nigeria for role in Bringbackourgirls campaign
*Bringbackourgirls leaders Ezekwesili, Hadiza Usman to feature
* UN, Ambassador Adefuye, Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote, Kase Lawal expected on the platform
* Event starts 5pm Sunday evening
Cananusa.org/NY-----This year as we hold the Second Fundraising Dinner of the association in NY on Oct 5, CANAN will be launching a global platform to raise awareness on the welfare of the victims of terror in Nigeria.
CANAN will be hosting an international platform devoid of ethnic or religious difference to send the message that all people of goodwill are united in ensuring that victims of terror in Nigeria are well catered for.
According to CANAN President, Dr. James Fadele, the association will also be launching a $1m international relief fund for victims of Boko Haram terror including the over 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls.
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• Aircraft, two pilots fail to return to Yola after routing insurgents
• Jonathan orders improved welfare for troops
• President refused to protect us against terrorists, say Northern leaders
A MILITARY jet has failed to return to base after being successfully used in routing insurgents. The jet and its two pilots participated in removing Boko Haram insurgents from Kodunga, about 40 miles from Maiduguri, on Friday morning.
In fact, it could be billed to be the most successful encounter against the insurgents in recent times.
The jet played the leading role in stopping the advance and takeover of Kodunga by Boko Haram. But neither the aircraft nor the pilots returned to its base in Yola. All efforts to locate them have proved abortive.
While the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has proclaimed its “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, the world is paying too little attention to Boko Haram, its deadly imitator in northeast Nigeria. Late in August, the terrorist group’s leader declared the establishment of his own Islamic caliphate in Africa, and in past weeks, he has seized a significant amount of territory there.
Although Boko Haram soared to international notoriety with the kidnapping of roughly 300 girls in northeast Nigeria earlier this year, the Western press has largely ignored its continuing campaign of kidnappings, brutality and now seizure of towns and territory. As J. Peter Pham of the Atlantic Councilnotes, Boko Haram has evolved and grown stronger, and is now able to seize and hold territory as opposed to launching one-off attacks.
Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili also criticised the usage of the group’s hash-tag for President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 re-election ambition via the #BringbackJonathan2015, saying the presidency knew about it all along, contrary to the claims in the statement issued to order the removal of the banners. “It was a shameful hash-tag. How can you mock the pain of 219 that look up to the government to save them but haven’t been saved? How could anybody make a mockery of this kind of tragedy?” she queried.
Former Minister of Education, Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili, on Thursday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately rescue the hundreds of girls abducted in Chibok by the Boko Haram sect on 14th April 2014.
Speaking during a rally in Abuja organised by #BringBackOurGirls group to commemorate the 150th day of the girls’ abduction, Ezekwesili lamented that after five months there was still no sign of their return and rescue operations had yielded no result.
“Citizens are appalled by the way the Chibok matter has been handled. This matter has been handled in a very appalling manner. I think it is necessary that the government redeems what is left of the expectation that citizens have by rescuing those girls immediately”, she said.
“One hundred and fifty days is too long for young girls to be in the midst of killers. They want us to move on. We can’t move on; they are our daughters. Enough is enough; it is time to rescue those girls and send a signal to the world that we are not a godforsaken country. Nigeria is a great country and we can rescue our girls.
President Barack Obama drops a meeting held by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice with Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai and Christian Religious Leaders of the Middle East in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Sept. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Now that a formal chapter for New York is being formed, an inaugural meeting has been slated for September 14 Sunday at the New Covenant Cathedral, Bronx, NY.
At the meeting there would be an update on the Boko Haram and abduction of the Chibok girls, NY chapter officials would be inaugurated and the CANAN Dinner holding in New York on October 5 would be discussed.
Date: Sunday Sept 14, 2014
Venue: New Covenant Cathedral, 1175 Boston Rd, Bronx, NY 10456
Phone: 718 328 6072
For whom: All pastors, ministers, church members and all Nigerian Christians.