Boko Haram Leader Demands Exchange In New Video Showing Girls

abubakar-shekau-BH-leader2The leader of the terrorist Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau has reportedly demanded an exchange of the Chibok girls for members of his group in custody of Nigeria’s security agencies.

In a new video released by Islamist militants, on Monday, about 100 girls believed to be some of the 234 school girls, kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, were seen reciting the Koran.

According to BBC, Shekau, disclosed that the girls had been converted to Islam, and would be held until all imprisoned militants had been freed.

In the 17-minute video, obtained by French news agency AFP, three of the girls are shown speaking while all the girls are wearing the full-length hijab.

Two girls say they were Christian and have converted to Islam, while the other says she is Muslim.

The girls reportedly appeared calm and one said that they had not been harmed.

There has been a demand for the identity of the missing girls, while some doubted the veracity of the abduction.

However, the emergence of video showing the girls may help towards identifying some of the missing girls, as the Nigerian military continues its mission to rescue the girls.

Some of the abducted girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, who escaped from the clutches of their abductors, recently recounted their experience.

Some parents ‎who attended a protest organised by the bring back our girls campaign in Abuja on Friday appealed to all Nigerians to unite in the fight against the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, for peace and stability to return to the country.

The Nigerian government had asked for the assistance of the international community in the rescue of the girls.

The US government, UK and France say they will render support to the Nigerian government to rescue the girls as soon as possible.

Schoolgirls who escaped recount experience:

Gaidam Says Boko Haram Will Fail In Its Mission

The Yobe state governor Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says though Boko Haram insurgent has inflicted pains to Nigerians, the insurgents will not succeed in their mission.

Inspecting the extent of destruction caused by the recent attack by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Buni-Yadi the headquarters of Gujba local government area of the state , Governor Ibrahim Gaidam condemned the act in its totality describing it as callous and barbaric.

The Local government Education Secretariat, the fire service Unit, resident of the divisional police officer, temporary police station and a residential quarter were the places destroyed by the insurgent.

While commending security agents for the efforts so far in curbing the situation, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says his administration will continue to assist the security agents in the fight against the insurgents saying it will soon become history.

The governor however assured that as both Muslims and Christians continue to offer prayers for peace to reign in the country, the incessant attacks will soon be over, hinting that there is nothing religious about Boko Haram.

He said Boko Haram’s ideology is completely unacceptable, as no religion believes in killing and compelling others to accept their ways of worship, while sympathizing with those that lost their loved ones and property as a result of the attack.

Suspected Boko Haram extremists launched an attack on Buni-Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government area of Yobe state leading to the death of three persons while several others were injured on Wednesday 18th of September.

Hajj Pilgrims Receive Free Phones From Ogun State

The Ogun State Government has given out free mobile phones to each pilgrim from the state currently on Holy Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia to ease communication among them.

According to the government, the gesture is part of its measures to ensure a hitch-free Hajj for the 1224 pilgrims expected to participate in this year’s exercise from the state.

A second batch of 504 pilgrims arrived the city of Medinah, increasing the number of the contingent from the state to 1004. The remaining 220 are expected to depart Lagos on Friday.

Leader of the delegation, Imam Noah Sodeinde, while addressing the pilgrims, appreciated their orderliness and described the arrangement whereby they are air-lifted directly to Medina instead of Jeddah as a novel idea put in place by the Ibikunle Amosun government which is committed towards ensuring their welfare during the pilgrimage.

Jamiu Balogun, one of the pilgrims from the state said the trip was successful and worthwhile while also commending the government for the provision of the mobile phones.

Nigeria Will Not Break Up – Jonathan

“Those who have predicted that Nigeria will break up by the turn of the century when the country will be marking its centenary anniversary will be disappointed because Nigeria will continue to remain one indivisible entity”.

 These were the words of President Goodluck Jonathan while speaking at the traditional eid el-fitri homage paid to muslim faithfuls in the federal capital territory, Abuja on Thursday.

The delegation led by the vice president, Namadi Sambo, were in the presidential villa to congratulate the president for joining them to fast and they also prayed for the unity of the country.

The president  said that he cannot imagine a Nigeria without muslims or Christians, he also told his visitors that  he will do his best to reposition the country urging Nigerians  to use the positives that accrue from their diversity be they Christians or muslims.

President Jonathan urged them to continue to pray for peace not only in the country but all over the world as that will be the bases for true development.

 

 

CAN Denies Involvement In Ban Of Teaching CRS In Muslim Schools

The Chairman of the Christian Association Of Nigeria(CAN), Osun State chapter Superior Evangelist Abraham Aladeseye  has dissociated CAN from  reports about a proposed ban by the state government on the teaching of  Christian Religious studies (CRS) in public schools established by  Muslim missionaries.

Speaking to journalists in Osogbo the state capital, Superior Evangelist Aladeseye said there was never a time CAN issued and signed any communique to that effect.

He added that the report did not emanate from CAN’s office and called on the newspaper that reported the story to produce evidence to verify its claim.

Aladeseye who described the relationship between CAN and the state government as harmonious cautioned that the church should not be used as a platform for politics of acrimony.

On the issue of unified school uniform for pupils in public schools in the state, the CAN chairman said a meeting was called at the instance of the Deputy Governor where both Muslim and Christian leaders in the state were adequately briefed on the need for the uniformity in the education sector which is all aimed at giving quality education to public school pupils.

Meaning and lessons of Eid-el-Kabir

The Head of Ahmadiya Muslim in Nigeria, Moshood Fashola; the Chief visioner, Islamic Youth league of Nigeria, Jibrin Lawal; and a Conscious Muslim, Dare Dairo all spoke on the meaning and lessons of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Discussing the celebration on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise, the discussants explained the origin of the Sallah, the types of animal allowed for the celebration and the Koran’s teachings on ram fighting.

Watch the video below for the full discussion.

Eid-el-Kabir: I’m committed to restoring peace in Nigeria – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said that his administration will “continue to give dedicated, committed, focused and purposeful leadership towards overcoming old and emerging challenges before the nation.”

In a Message to mark this year’s Sallah celebration, the president urged Nigerians to “seize the opportunity of the Sallah season and the public holidays to reflect on how we can bring the ideals and virtues of our religious beliefs to bear on the positive resolution of the many challenges facing us as a nation.

“Nigerians remain a people of great faith with the vast majority of our people professing belief in God either as Muslims or Christians.

“There can be no doubt that we will make faster progress towards the attainment of developmental objectives as a nation if we all resolve to do more to live up to the highest ideals of our religious beliefs including the fear of God, willingness to make personal sacrifices for the collective good, selfless service, respect for laws and constituted authorities, honesty, justice, equity, fairness, dutifulness, peace and harmonious co-existence with others,” he said.

Speaking on the challenge faced by some Muslim Pilgrims in the Holy land, Mr Jonathan said though “the problem was eventually resolved with the positive intervention of the Federal Government, I have ordered a thorough post mortem of the incident with a view to ensuring that our Hajj airlift operations are never disrupted by such problems in future and that no Nigerian pilgrim is ever subjected to such traumatic experience in the Holy Land again”.

He expressed the commitment of his administration to give dedicated, committed, focused and purposeful leadership towards overcoming old and emerging challenges before the nation.

He enjoined all Muslims to remember the plight of the many thousands of Nigerians who have been displaced by the floods which recently devastated many communities across the nation and resolve to contribute whatever we can to ameliorate their suffering.

“In the true spirit of our major religions which enjoin us to be generous to the needy, I urge all Nigerians who can do so, to donate magnificently to the national relief fund for affected persons and communities” he said.

He promised that his administration will monitor the disbursement and utilization of the funds released by the Federal Government and those raised by the National Committee very closely to ensure that they are judiciously and expeditiously expended for the benefit of the flood victims.

Sallah: FG declares Thursday, Friday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Thursday and Friday as public holidays to mark the 2012 Eid El-Kabir celebrations.

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro who announced this in Abuja on Monday, called on Nigerians to imbibe and emulate the worthy tenets of Islam as practiced by the holy Prophet Mohammad.

A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of interior, Daniel Nwaobia quoted Mr Moro as urging the citizens to pray for peace and prosperity of the nation.

Sultan declares Friday October 26 Sallah day

The spiritual leader of Muslims in Nigeria and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar on Wednesday said that Muslim in the country should celebrate Eid-al-Kabir on Friday October 26 2012.

The date, according to the Sultan, was based on report received from the various committees on Moon sighting across the country.

In statement signed by the Chairman Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council, Sambo Wali Junaidu, the Sultan confirmed the birth of new moon from Wednesday October 17, 2012.

The statement reads in part, “The Sultanate council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs at its meeting on Tuesday October16 , 2012 reviewed reports from various Moon sighting Committees across the country, duly confirming the birth of New Moon of Zulhijja 1433 AH with effect from Wednesday, October 17, 2012 which is the 1st day of the Zulhajja, 1433. A. H.

Affirming the validity of the committees report, the statement added that, “Friday October 26 is the tenth day of Zulhajja 1433 A.H which is the Eid-al-Kabir day”.

Nigeria Muslim anti-film protests continues

Muslims protested in Nigeria on Sunday to show anti-Western anger against a film and cartoons insulting Islam had not dissipated.

As delegates from around the world gathered in New York for a U.N. General Assembly where the clash between free speech and blasphemy is bound to be raised, U.S. flags were once again burning in parts of the Muslim world.

Shi’ite Muslims in Katsina burned U.S, French and Israeli flags and a religious leader called for protests to continue until the makers of the film and cartoons are punished.

In Pakistan, where fifteen people were killed in protests on Friday, a government minister has offered $100,000 to anyone who kills the maker of the short, amateurish video “The Innocence of Muslims”. Calls have increased for a U.N. measure outlawing insults to Islam and blasphemy in general.

In Athens, some protesters hurled bottles of water, stones and shoes at police who responded with teargas. Calm returned when demonstrators interrupted the protest to pray.

Hours later, dozens of Muslim inmates in Athens’ main prison set mattresses and bed sheets on fire in protest. Firemen with four engines battled the flames in some cells but police and government officials said late at night the situation was under control.


Anti-Islam film: Muslim protesters rage at United States in Asia

In a torrent of violence last week, the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack in Benghazi and U.S. and other foreign embassies were stormed in cities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East by furious Muslims. At least nine other people have been killed.

Washington has sent ships, extra troops and Special Forces to protect U.S. interests and citizens in the Middle East, while a number of its embassies have evacuated staff and are on high alert for trouble.

A White House spokesman said Obama spoke by telephone to senior diplomats at the weekend to reassure them of his support.

“He called the chiefs of mission in Sudan, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen to let those diplomats know that he was thinking about them, that their safety remains a top priority of his, and it is something he will remain focused on,” spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Despite Obama’s efforts early in his tenure to improve relations with the Arab and Muslim world, the new violence adds to a host of problems including the continued U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, Iran’s nuclear programme, the Syrian civil war and the fall-out from the Arab Spring revolts.

US, ISRAEL FLAGS BURNED

The renewed protests on Monday dashed any hopes that the furore over the film might fade despite an appeal over the weekend from the senior cleric in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest shrines, for calm.

In the Kabul demonstration, protesters shouted “Death to America” and burned the flags of the United States and of Israel, a country reviled by many Muslims and Arabs because of the Palestinian issue.

The U.S., British and other missions were placed on lockdown and violence flared near housing compounds for foreign workers

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Review of educational system; a solution to the security challenge in Nigeria -Analyst

Programme director, West Africa Network for Building Peace; Chukwuma Eze said for peace to return to the country we need to review the educational system of the country when asked what he thinks can towards building peace.
Eze said another factor to be looked into is the angle of security that it should be approached from the aspect of the welfare of citizens, that is human security rather than from the aspect of state policing.
Eze said Nigeria cannot talk about wealth generation because its focus is much more on oil than other things.