Malama Pushes For More Girl-Child Education In Nigeria

The Pakistani teenager, who was shot at close range by the Taliban, in October 2012, Malala Yousafzai, is in Nigeria on a mission to talk … Continue reading Malama Pushes For More Girl-Child Education In Nigeria

Malala YousafzaiThe Pakistani teenager, who was shot at close range by the Taliban, in October 2012, Malala Yousafzai, is in Nigeria on a mission to talk about the importance of girl-child education.

Having lived in a country where the Taliban, like Boko Haram, is against educating the girl-child, Malala has become an activist, campaigning for education.

Over the weekend, she met with relatives of the abducted Chibok girls, and even promised to campaign for the release of the girls.

It is over 90 days now, since over 200 girls were abducted from their dormitory in the Government Girls’ Secondary school, in Chibok, Borno State by member of a terrorist group, Boko Haram.

She said that the news about the girls abduction made her felt like her sisters were imprisoned.

“I think we should not remain silent. And this is my feeling that if we remain silent it will spread and happen more and more. If we want to stop it, then we have to speak against it and I am very, very sad that so many days have passed and these girls are still in such a situation.

“We should take a step and we should think how of solve this issue,” she said

She described Boko Haram members as extremists without proper understanding of the tenets of Islam.

US Seeks Broader Partnership With African Countries

The United States and African countries are looking to broaden partnerships as the US president, Barack Obama, will in the first week of August host 51 African Heads of State and government in Washington DC.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-greenfield, during a live at state interview, explained that the summit would not take on the usual format, with long speeches and promises made, but that President Barack Obama would be looking forward to more having interactive sessions with the leaders.

She also explained America’s efforts at finding the missing Chibok schoolgirls.

“As you know, both President Obama and Secretary Kerry indicated that we are going to work closely with the government of Nigeria as well as other countries in Africa to do everything possible to bring the girls home,” she said.

The conference will take place between August 4 to 6, with issues on health, wildlife and power considered.

Thomas-greenfield further explained what the partnership would be focusing on and how the US is helping in tackling insurgency in some African countries.

Israel Insists On More Airstrikes In Gaza

In the Middle East, the Israeli government on Sunday, promised there would be more airstrikes in Gaza, and sent out a warning for those living in the north to evacuate.

Let’s not forget, both sides have been pounding each other with rocket fire since last Tuesday, after violence broke out, over the killing of a Palestinian teenager.

Though the Israeli government has promised to find the killers, Palestine has made no such promise about the three Israeli teenagers that were abducted and killed, a couple of weeks ago.

However, what is worrisome is that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he would not give room for foreign interference in the crisis.

Russia Asks Ukraine To Stop Using Force on Civilians

In Ukraine, Russia has continued its warning on Ukrainian forces to stop using force on civilian populations.

Only this time, the warning is much sterner. The foreign ministry is said to have warned of irreversible consequences, following the killing of a man, on its side of the border, by shell fire from Ukraine.

Pro-Russian and the Ukrainian government have blamed each other for the attack, which also left 19 Ukrainian soldiers dead.

The killing of a man on the side of Russia, is believed to be the first time the country has reported a fatality on its side of the border.