The End of Boko Haram is near….

It’s a good thing to see that our new government is working hard to bringing about peace and security in Nigeria.

As said in the guardians  Troops of 28 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army deployed at Bitta and Pridang carried out a successful raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists camps at Bulajilin and Manawashe villages along Bita and Damboa road at the fringes of Sambisa forest on Tuesday, 27th October, 2015. The troops were able to killed 30 Boko Haram terrorists.  Continue reading


National Conference: Northern Leaders

The Northern leaders convened to discuss certain issues affecting their states. In the summit they demanded that the National Conference should be retaken due to the old government Goodluck Jonathan might have skipped certain issues affecting the North. Most especially the issue of the Boko Haram menace in the north, which has brought about developmental issues in the North.

According to the Punch newspaper this issue was discussed,

“Northern leaders, mainly former political office holders from the zone, on the 15th of August canvassed against the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference convened by the Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Northerners said the Jonathan’s government had it’s agenda fro setting the confab and that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari could not work with the outcome of the 2014 Conference. The Northern Ex-Political office holders under the aegis of the Northern Reawakening Forum (NRF), asked Buhari to convene a Fresh National Conference, specially to address some pertinent issues affecting the North-East and other parts of the region.

Their demand was contain in the communique issued at the end of the forum’s summit and retreat with the theme ” Rebuilding a safe, secure and economically inclusive Northern Nigeria.” Chairman of the NRF, who is also a former member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Mohammed Umara Kumalia, read the Communique in Abuja.’

The NRF was declared open by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and in attendance was the Governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar, the Governors of Kebbi, Borno and Benue state, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and Samuel Ortom respectively.

Although some of the governors participated in the 2014 confab, the group still insisted that the nature of the new confab they are advocating for was to rebuild and develop the North-East region which as we all know has been destroy by the terrorist group Boko Haram through their activities. Alhaji Mohammed Umara Kumalia said that the highest number of people below $2.00 are of the northern region backing up his statement with the report of the World Bank of 2013 that says 16 states out of the 19 northern states are suffering from poverty which has doubled itself since 1980.

The NRF members are calling on the Federal Government to convene another National Conference for the development of the North-East to put together a short, medium and long term vision for the development of the zone. The issue here now is, it is not expected of the All Progressive Congress to pick up from where the People’s Democratic party left off from. It has been requested of the All Progressive Congress to convene their own National Conference as in line with their own objectives and goals for the Nigerian society.

The group also commended the Dangote and T.Y Danjuma Foundations and encouraged that other individuals to participate in philanthropic activities in the Northern Nigeria. The Forum said it would encourage Northern states to deliver health care support and services by engaging existing structures and programmes such as indigenous Non-governmental Organizations, the National Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross and International Organizations for migration.

The Summit was also attended by representatives of the Northern Governors Forum, Civil Society groups, Corporate Organizations, NGO and key development Partners, such as DFID, World Bank, African Development Bank and the UN. Also, are representatives of the Central Bank of Nigeria, NEMA, National Population Commission, National Planning Commission among others, were present at the summit.

This summit would help in the development of the Northern part of Nigeria if these issues are addressed and tackled.

UN Seeks $30.5m funds for Refugees

The UN in carrying out her duties is in need of $30.5m for them to be able to provide for the increasing refugees as a result of Syrian crisis. This was stated in The Nations newspaper.

According to The Nations, ” The UN refugee agency is seeking an extra $30.5 million through the end of this year in an emergency appeal for financial help for Europe’s refugee crisis.”

Tuesday’s appeal by UNHCR comes as the agency projects that some 400,000 new arrivals seeking protection will have come to Europe via the Mediterranean this year compared to 219,000 last year and possible 450,000 next year.

The funds would supplement an $800 million budget for 2015 and 2016 for helping handle refugee flows to Europe.  The plan centers on 12 countries: Belgium, Bosnia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Malta, Macedonia and Turkey.

UNHCR has compiled322,500 arrivals across the Mediterranean this year, nearly half from Syria alone.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling the Syrian Conflict ” colossal tragedy for Syria and a shameful symbol of international divisions” that has led to today’s refugee crisis in Europe.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told UN meeting about the need to protect civilians in conflict that “history’s judgement would be harsh.”  Ban urged the UN Security Council which has been deeply divided over Syria, to take action yo end the conflict based on 2012 road map to peace adopted by key nations I’m Geneva, which calls for formation of a transitional government with full executive powers.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujaric said over the past two days Ban has spoken to government leaders in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia and he appealed to them ” to be the voice of those in need of protection and to quickly find a joint approach to address their basic needs.”

The UN Chief has stressed that the large majority are running from war and violence and they have the right to seek for asylum, and he urged the leaders to stand against increasing xenophobic discrimination and violence against refugees and migrants.

The Syria crisis have prolonged to much and the UN needs the support of countries to help protect and serve the citizens of Syria that are affected by this crisis. We pray and hope that the efforts of UN and other organisations would prove fruitful and would help see the end of Syrian crisis.

#BringBackOurGirls – 515 Days and counting

Mothers are sad and depressed because of their missing daughters. Days are still counting and no news about our girls. Thursday, August 27th, marked another tragic milestone in the evolving barbaric narrative of the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency that has, over the last five years, claimed thousands of lives, particularly in the North-East of Nigeria, and rendered the region economically prostrate.

According to The Nations, it was exactly 500 days that day since the extremist sect invaded the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on the night of April 14, last year, abducting 276 girls who were preparing for their end-of-year Senior Secondary School examinations and carried them away in several trucks into the evil bowels of their Sambisa Forest fortress. But for about 57 of the abducted girls who were lucky to escape from their captors, nothing has been heard till date of the remaining 219 girls.

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On the Run: Blogging the European Refugee Crisis

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People all over the world were horrified last week when they saw the picture of a dead Syrian child, Aylan Kurdi, being picked up from the beach in Turkey. His family’s attempt to escape the brutal civil war in their country had ended in tragedy.

From Calais to Kos to Lampedusa, the blogging community has been following the refugee crisis in Europe — as well as the conflicts that feed it — as it rapidly escalated over the past two years, and especially this past summer. Here are some of the most powerful voices we’ve come across weighing in on this massive humanitarian disaster.

A Letter from One Mother to Another

In a post full of tragic irony, a writer contrasts the plight of a refugee mother with the sanctimonious complaints of a mother who’s safe at home with her kids:

Dear Irresponsible Migrant Mother,

What exactly were you thinking when you…

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