Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Ahmad Salkida

    Boko Haram executes another Red Cross worker, says Leah will live as slave

Boko Haram executes another Red Cross worker, says Leah will live as slave

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, has executed Hauwa Leman, an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), TheCable has been informed.The terrorists also vowed to keep Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl, as "a slave for life", TheCable exclusively gathered.In a short clip seen by a special correspondent of TheCable, [...]

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    Boko Haram kills health worker abducted in Borno, threatens Leah Sharibu

Boko Haram kills health worker abducted in Borno, threatens Leah Sharibu

Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge local government area of Borno state, has been killed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram.The victim was abducted during a raid on a military facility in the area on March 1.At least four soldiers, policemen and three humanitarian workers were killed in [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Leah Sharibu speaks from captivity, asks Buhari to pity her (audio)

EXCLUSIVE: Leah Sharibu speaks from captivity, asks Buhari to pity her (audio)

Leah Sharibu, the only Christian among the abducted 119 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to save her from captivity.As a "proof of life" amidst speculations on her fate, TheCable has exclusively obtained her latest picture as well as the audio of her plea to Buhari.Leah, who was kidnapped in February, also [...]

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    The Nigerian killing fields

The Nigerian killing fields

There is an ugly, depressing reality of Nigeria that beggars understanding. The leaders and the institutions they run have generally been skewed to revere and pamper themselves as the demi-gods, while utterly placing no value on the lives and aspirations of ordinary citizens outside the circle of the ruling elites. The public systems and institutions are not designed for problem [...]

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    Why reporting terrorism is an unsavoury beat in Nigeria

Why reporting terrorism is an unsavoury beat in Nigeria

A beat reporter provides much more than the what, who, when, where and why of reporting his or her corner of the world. If the reporter is good, indeed diligent at what he does, it shows in the steps he takes to go beyond the superficial, delves in deeper, enriching the reader, the viewer and the public who are invested [...]

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    The conflicted lives in crisis-torn north-east and what can be done

The conflicted lives in crisis-torn north-east and what can be done

Andrew, a white European of the Christian faith, currently works among the internally displaced persons, IDPs, in their camps in war-ravaged and weather-stricken villages of the north-east Nigeria. His typical day is characterised by emergencies, thoroughly famished children hanging on the edge must be tended to, young women amid degrees of trauma and deprivation, avoidable deaths and life threatening situations surround [...]

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    The water wars in north-east Nigeria

The water wars in north-east Nigeria

Amsatu is in her mid-20s and has just gone into labour for her fourth child. News has begun to go round in the village in Yunusari Local Government Area. Amsatu’s husband was seen walking breathlessly to the scene of the delivery in the house with the prominent traditional birth attendant in the village. On hearing the arrival of newborn, the women [...]

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    Time to discard Nigeria’s patronage system

Time to discard Nigeria’s patronage system

Almost everyone agrees that the problems in Nigeria or failure to address problems is a consequence of the country's failing institutions. Others argue that there are no institutions at all; if there are, they do not just function. The current band of lawmakers responsible for enacting laws cannot do away with ambiguities to strengthen institutions; if they do, many of [...]

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    CBN’s forex war against legitimate enterprise

CBN’s forex war against legitimate enterprise

For many in Nigeria, living abroad is synonymous with wealth and affluence. But just like the coin, there is always the other side of dwelling abroad. Hardly do people talk of the other side. That other side is indeed what paints the real picture. The side most talked about is more of the facade. The other side is a life of [...]

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    What is the president hiding on Chibok Girls?

What is the president hiding on Chibok Girls?

If the president wants to have video evidence of all Boko Haram captives he can receive it today, that's if he hasn't already. If the president wants the captors of innocent Nigerian citizens and school girls to put them on the phone with their parents, he can have it done, except if he doesn't want to. He has the might [...]

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    Why are Nigerians so loud on phone?

Why are Nigerians so loud on phone?

Have you ever been asked in a foreign land ‘why are Nigerians loudly on their mobile phones?’ Have you ever wondered yourself or, have you been embarrassed when fellow Nigerians talk on the pinnacle of their voices in the train, bus, shopping malls or at any other public places while away, overseas? But, wait, is it only Nigerians that love [...]

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    The fight against Boko Haram requires more than deadline strategy

The fight against Boko Haram requires more than deadline strategy

Boko Haram, the Islamic State affiliate that has nearly eclipsed all notions of civil normalcy in parts of Northern Nigeria as well as parts of neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger does not have barracks. The group does not require to ferry bombs from the much hyped operational camps in the Sambisa forest before detonating same in the cities of Abuja, Yaoundé, N’djamena or anywhere else [...]

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Local media in a lacuna

For watchers of the Nigerian political scene, the only controversy that followed the election of President Mohammed Buhari erupted from unlikely quarters. It was some kind of controversy among mainstream foreign media over whose bragging right as the first to run an interview with the newly elected Nigerian President was the most authentic.Drawn in the fray were Aljazeera, BBC correspondents [...]

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    Boko Haram-ISIS deal: Shekau could be replaced

Boko Haram-ISIS deal: Shekau could be replaced

Boko Haram, as they are known, seem to have had a long disagreement within the Jihadi movements in Africa about Abubakar Shekau’s depth of knowledge. Many of the Jihadis, especially students of late Mohammed Yusuf, Shekau's precursor, were reported to have opted out of the movement on account of his hastiness. Some of these erstwhile members of the sect are [...]

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    Agonising hostilities in Nigeria

Agonising hostilities in Nigeria

I was not born during the years of the Nigeria-Biafra war but I am not sure that the Nigerian society had ever been more divided, distressed and disillusioned as it is today. The only visible strings connecting the strands of our social being are those of hostility, repudiation and violence. To the endemic extent that our children are readily picking up the defining lines of [...]

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