NEWS AND VIEWS: USING BOKO HARAM’S 2011-STATEMENT IN FIGHTING TERRORISM IN 2014; WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.
On Saturday, 9th July 2011, Boko Haram published a statement on their blog: (yusufislamicbrothers.blogspot.com). The statement which was titled OUR STRENGTH AND SUPPORT IS FROM THE PEOPLE read as follows:
“THE NIGERIAN STATE AND THE STATE SECURITY SERVICES CAN ONLY BARK BUT CANNOT BITE
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT;
a. WE DO NOT LIVE IN CAMPS
b. WE ARE WELL KNOWN BY THE LOCAL PEOPLE
c. WE ARE SUPPORTED BY THE LOCAL PEOPLE
d. THE LOCALS LOVE US
e. THE LOCALS SUPPORTS US
f. THE LOCALS WILL NEVER BETRAY US BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN OUR CAUSE
g. SSS, WE ARE NOT FAR AWAY FROM YOU, IF YOU CAN GET US, COME FOR US
h. WE WILL NOT RELENT UNTIL WE ACHIEVE OUR AIM
i. THE BANNING OF MOTORCYLCES IN MAIDUGURI AND ENVIRONS WILL NOT HINDER OR DETER US
j. DESPITE OBSTRUCTIONS TO OUR SEVERAL OPERATIONS IN KADUNA BY THE SSS,WE ARE STILL DETERMINED TO BE GUEST OF THE BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS IN KADUNA
k. WE HAVE PROVEN OUR RESOLVE BY OUR TWO RECENT ATTACKS OF POLICE STATIONS IN BAUCHI STATE EARLIER IN THE WEEK
l. WE MAY BE FORCED TO LIBERATE INNOCENT CITIZENS WHO ARE BEING DETAINED AND ALLEGED TO BE OUR MEMBERS, ESPECIALLY THE MEMBER OF THE KADUNA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY WHO IS UNDER CUSTODY UNDER FALSE ALLEGATION THAT HE IS OUR MEMBER/FINANCIER. A MAN WHO WE DO NOT EVEN SHARE THE SAME RELIGION, BELIEFS AND CULTURE WITH US
MORE ATTACKS ON THE WAY!
MORE ATTACKS ON THE WAY!!
MORE ATTACKS ON THE WAY!!!” (Published by Boko Haram on yusufislamicbrothers.blogspot.com)
Now these are the views of Africa Thisday:
1) Boko Haram made it clear that they do not live in camps. The military action by the Nigerian Government against Boko Haram will never yield positive results as far as the military action is focused on locating and bombarding the camps of the terrorists. These terrorists do not live in camps. They are smarter than that. They mix up with the people. They walk the streets like the common man on the street. This proves why President Goodluck Jonathan’s emergency rule is yielding no result. Here is a strategy: Let the military reduce their presence in the North of Nigeria. Let them engage more intelligence officers than foot soldiers. Reducing their presence from the region will give the terrorists space to operate but under High-Tech Surveillance. The whole of the North should be under 24-hours satellite surveillance and not under 24-hours curfew. By this, it will take a shorter period of time and lower degree of human and material resources to win the war against terrorism in Nigeria. The Nigerian Government should have known this before now, but to save more lives, they should do this before it is too late.
2) Boko Haram’s support is not from some top Nigerian politicians. Their support is from the common man on the street of Borno State. Now you are about to disagree with this point but wait a minute. What help do you think a Nigerian politician will offer to a terrorist group like Boko Haram? Money? NO! If Boko Haram needs money, the weapons are there to rob the banks and even rob rich individuals including the politicians. A man with a gun does not beg. Government Connections? No. The government is their number One enemy and they are smart enough not to play close to the government. Information? Yes! Boko Haram do need information to operate and this can come from anybody ranging from presidential aids to the hawker on the street. Jihadists? Yes. Boko Haram needs people who will sacrifice their lives for their cause and this will come from the masses and not the politicians. Do you not think Nigeria should shift their attention from the politicians and focus on the people who are really supporting the project of Boko Haram? Do you not think that the government’s focus on politicians as sponsors/supporters of Boko Haram is more political than remedial.
3) Did you read Boko Haram say in their statement “we will not relent”? Does that sound like they were joking? Nigerians and the world must realize that Boko Haram is a cause that military force is not enough to quench. This is not just like armed robbery or drug trafficking, this is a jihad. It has to do with what an individual believes. The Jihadists life is connected to his belief. The more you attack them, the more they attack you. Africa Thisday recently conducted a research and came to a conclusion that the military action against Boko Haram has resulted in the death of more innocent civilians than the death or arrest of the insurgents. In every 10 deaths, at least 7 are innocent Nigerians. Till when shall we see the failure of ‘untargetted’ military force in the fight against Boko Haram? How many more innocent Nigerians should be killed before we put our brains to work more than we use our guns? Terrorism is the most organised crime in the world. It operates with the highest level of criminal intelligence and must be met with the highest level of sophisticated military intelligence and not just sophisticated weapons.
Abuja – A popular Nigerian musician, Mr Dapo Oyebanji (D-banj) on Tuesday in Abuja urged Nigerian youths to shun violence and embrace peace. D-banj made the call when he visited some victims of the Nyanya bomb blast in company of the FCT Health Secretary, Dr Ademola Onakomaiya, at the Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja.
According to him, government alone cannot do all that is required for peace to reign in the country. Nigerian Musician, Mr Dapo Oyebanjo (A.K.A. D’banj), with a victim of Nyanya explosion, Mr Jim Anthony, a Building Engineer at Asokoro District Hospital In Abuja On Tuesday. “I am a Nigerian and I am affected by any tragedy that befalls us and particularly in the spirit of Easter, I came to show the victims support. “I have seen that the survivors are responding positively to treatment and thanked the medical team here for the efforts.
“We are appealing to the perpetrators of these acts to have a rethink and support the peace initiative so that our people would not be subjected to such wickedness,” he said.
D-banj said that terrorism in Nigeria was strange as Nigerians were known to be peace loving and advised them to embrace peace in the interest of development.
He said that artistes should be concerned about achieving peace in Nigeria because if the violence continued, the entertainment industry would be endangered.
D-banj donated several gift items to the victims and also settled some hospital bills.
The hospital management said that over 27 corpses and 26 victims were brought from the blast but 16 were still receiving treatment as others had been discharged.
The FCT Health Secretary urged artistes to support the Federal Government’s fight against terrorism by creating awareness in their performances.
Onakomaiya urged people in the entertainment industry to unite and produce songs, plays, paintings that would condemn and discourage terrorism.
He said that the potency of art as a communication tool amongst Nigerian youths would make it an effective medium in creating awareness.
According to him, security is the responsibility of all Nigerians, therefore, should not be left in the hands of government alone.
Onakomaiya said that the visit of D-banj would go a long way to lift the spirits of the patients.
“You can see that some of the patients are really excited to see a renowned artiste like D-banj visit them; it is very commendable,” he said. (NAN)
His assertion was corroborated by the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU.
The assertions came as the governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shetima lamented that the last seven days have been the worst in his life following the abduction of 129 girls from a secondary school in the state. He disclosed that seven more girls had escaped from the hideout of the Boko Haram insurgents bringing the number of those remaining in captivity of the Islamic insurgents to 77.
Meanwhile, despite Saturday’s formal lapse of the state of emergency in the troubled Northeast, the military remained fully deployed in the three states with strict restriction on the movement of persons in the states.
However, telephone communications which were once curtailed after the proclamation of emergency rule by President Goodluck Jonathan last April have noticeably improved.
Nevertheless, opinion on the sustenance of the state of emergency remained mixed among stakeholders from within and outside the troubled states. While some called for the full implementation of emergency rule with the suspension of the elected political institutions, other stakeholders differed. All parties were nevertheless agreed that the soldiers deployed to the region should remain.
The president has not given notice of his inclination towards renewing or suspending the state of emergency. A security meeting between the president and the nation’s governors is expected to hold on Wednesday following which a formal announcement on the issue would be clarified.
The state of emergency was first proclaimed by President Jonathan in April 2013 and renewed after six months last November.
Gowon, who spoke exclusively to Vanguard on the sideline of events marking the 75th birthday of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Ufot Ekaette, said it was imperative for the government to firmly deal with the rising wave of terrorism in the country so as to keep the country one.
The names of the Monday rush hour Abuja bomb blast in Nyanya have been released. Below are the names:
1. Nweze Uche Silas Male Enugu
2. Bankera Julie Female Benue
3. Abubakar Kano Nyaya
4. Madu Peter Male Benue
5. Emmanuel Ocuna Male C/River
6. Pius Nwaonuan Male Ebonyi
7. Clifford Nwafor Male Ebonyi
8. Attah Friday Male
9. Chidozie Iyake Male Mopo Qaurter
10. Peter Ameh Male Ebonyi
11. Ibrahim salihu Male Kaduna
12. Shamsu Hussein Male Nyaya Market
13. Adamu M Bello male Plateau
14. Osaretin Male
15. Precoius Samuel Female Imo
16. Monday Oshile Male Ebonyi
17. Pat Umar Male
18. Simon Peter Male Kaduna
19. Vera Ojochide Jaja Female Kogi
20. Chibuzor Oshouagwe Male Kaduna
21. Gabriel Peter Ibrahim male Kaduna
22. Olowokere Taiwo Male Ondo
23. Yahanna Ibrahim male Kaduna
24. Gabriel Enyinnaya Male Abia
25. Paul Tanko Male FCT
26. Mustapha Abdullahi male Kastina
27. Oke Adedaya Stephen Male Oyo
28. Esther Paul Female benue
29. Mohammed Shehu Male sokoto
30. Njoku Vcitor male Imo
31. Victor Habilla Male Kaduna
32. Christain Ogbuji Male Back of City Rock
33. Suleiman Abdullahi male gwagwalada
34. Samuel Opara male Imo
35. Abba Umaru Male Nyaya
36. Daniel Williams Male Edo
37. Idris Somaila male Jigawa
38. John Alice Female Benue
39. Rabiu Umaru Male Kastina
40. Gift Godwin Female River
41. Dorcas Opawoye Female Kwara
42. Abigal Female Nasarawa
43. Hamza Ibrahim Male Kastina
44. Rakiya Suleiman Male Kastina
45. Saidu Ayinde Female Kebbi
46. Adomu Abbisi Male Kogi
47. Inuwa Musa Male Kogi
48. Arimiyawa Saidu Male Sokoto
49. Ebele Ibezim Female Imo
50. Oguike Charles Female Imo
51. Samson Udo Male Enugu
52. Soni Ismaila Male kastina
53. John Atanyi Male benue
54. Blessing Aghi Female Benue
55. Auwal Harun Male Adamawa
56. Sani Nafiu male Kastina
57. Usman Yinusa Male Kano
58. Dada Je-Ogbade Male Osun
59. Umar Murtala Male Sokoto
60. Isiaka Abdul Male Kogi
61. Adeoye Busayo Oyo Kogi
62. Jim Anthony Male Imo
63. Jab Daniel Male Benue
64. Aungwa Saater Male Delta
65. David Igho Male Delta
66. George Ediae Male Edo
67. Exra Gowimina Male Nasarawa
68. Baby xxxx female
69. Goodness John Female
70. Dasmaila Shaibu Male Kastina
71. Abdullahi Nuhu male Kastina
72. Audu Joseph Male Nasarawa
73. Daniel Musa male
74. Damashi Alias Male
75. Celestine Annaigbom male Imo
76. Mary Modu Female Kaduna
77. Victoria Female enugu
78. Ogonna Ani Female
79. Fila Samuel male Benue
80. Cosmos uswuanyi male
81. Jeremiah Juripe Male Adamawa
82. Adams female nasarawa
83. Helen female
84. Jerry Mako Male Plateau
85. Idoko Onyekozi
86. Stephen Chukwuma Male Enugu
87. Bello Mohammed Ali male
88. Salome Emezue Jim Female Abia
89. Irera Ibrahim Male Kaduna
90. Samuel Abudu male Wuse
91. Abdullahi male Masaka
92. Rayiamu Ayuba Male One man village
93. Gamba Gamba male Maraba
94. David Mayaki Male
95. Usman Abibu Male
96. Nfua Anumise Female.
May their souls rest in peace
At least 100 final-year students of Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok local government area of Borno State were abducted and taken to an unknown destination by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram on Monday night, eyewitnesses and security operatives have said.
LEADERSHIP gathered from impeccable sources that the gunmen who had engaged in a shootout with security operatives in Chibok town succeeded in killing a soldier and a police officer before taking the girls in a hijacked lorry into the bushes.
The students returned to school in spite of the recent shutdown of schools by the Borno state government to write their final-year examination (SSCE).
LEADERSHIP also gathered from credible sources from Chibok town which is about 135km from Maiduguri, the state capital, that some of the girls were able to escape while being driven away in the open truck.
The commissioner of police, Borno State command, Alhaji Lawan Tanko, was able to confirm the incident to journalists on phone but did not state the actual number of students that were abducted.
“We have received the report about the kidnapping of students by gunmen in a school in Chibok local government area last night; but we have no details on the actual number of the students for now; our men are still on the trail of the abductors,” he stated.
Efforts to get the local government chairman, Mr Babagana Chibok, were not successful as his number was not connecting. But a staff of Chibok local government told LEADERSHIP on phone that “the gunmen actually came in two Hilux pick-up vans but had to intercept a lorry that was conveying bags of grains to Askira-Uba local government; they offloaded the grains and ordered the abducted students into the lorry and took them away”.
He said, “We heard the girls wailing as the gunmen continued to shoot; we thought they were shooting the girls or something; but it was later on we understood from a few of them that were able to escape that they were being taken away by the gunmen.”
The local government official who pleaded not to be quoted for obvious security reasons told LEADERSHIP that some of the girls who had the village upbringing were able to demonstrate rare courage by holding unto tree branches as the lorry conveying them passed under low-branched tree and hung there until the unsuspecting kidnappers went far ahead before they would jump off the tree and flee back to the town.
“Many of the girls have been able to make it back through the bushes, but others are yet to be found; but we understand that the chairman of Chibok local government had led some security operatives to trail the track of the lorry,” said the LG worker.
A senior official of the State Security Service, who spoke off the record, told LEADERSHIP that two security men – a policeman and a soldier — died during the attack and abduction.
“The abduction happened at about 10pm when the hoodlums called Boko Haram attacked the school, killed a soldier and policeman and took away over 100 female students in a lorry. Luckily enough, our men have been able to trace the abductors to where the lorry conveying the girls broke down and our men have moved in to intercept the gunmen; but we understand that some of the girls were able to escape and make it back to the town,” he said.
Though Chibok, a quiet agrarian town, shares a very close border with Sambisa Forest, it has never experienced any attack by Boko Haram except in some of the nearby villages under its local government area.
The Borno State government had not reacted on the incident by press time and all efforts to get the commissioner for education, Musa Inuwa Kubo, was not fruitful.
There are confirmed reports of bomb blasts in Nyanya, Abuja this morning suspected to be detonated by Boko Haram . There are indications casualties could be as much as 100 people as Premium Times report that their reporter counted as much 50 bodies yet to be evacuated by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The blast reportedly happened at around 6:45am.
Nyanya is the most densely populated settlements in Abuja.
Africa Thisday believes that Boko Haram is gradually but persistently moving their jihad into the southern part of Nigeria.
Just in: Another explosion has hit the city of Nairobi, Kenya. Six people are already reported dead and nine others badly injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion yet at press time.
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