What appears a non-relenting spat of Jihadist based violence against the Nigerian social structure may have conclusively begun exhibiting symptoms of what may become of the federal government’s battle against the ongoing religious insurgency in northern Nigeria. And as the electioneering campaign of 2015 presidential exercise nears, concerned quarters within the Nigerian security force fear a new form of battle by the Jihadist group that may dwarf previous violent activities of the Islamic group. The recent bomb attack in Kano on Monday night [July 29, 2013] at the south east dominated area of Kano metropolis in Sabon Gari – along New road by Ado Bayero Square and along Enugu road by Igbo road – depicts a new chapter in the conflict of the Jihadist group against the people of Nigeria. The Sabon Gari community had been considered a safe haven for non-indigenes of Kano and for non-Muslims resident in Kano. It had served a safe haven dating back to the early 1950s long before the coming of the Boko Haram group.
The casualty fig-ures from the multiple blasts that rocked the predominantly Christian quarters in Kano, Monday evening, has increased to 45 dead, according to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Kano. Briefing newsmen on the development in Kano, yesterday, Chairman, Kano chapter of the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Chief Tobias Idika, said: “We counted 45 dead bodies and they have all been deposited at the morgue for identification by relations.” “We have records and proof of what we are talking about. I participated in the rescue operations and I am best informed to tell the world what happened regarding the deaths and the injured.”He revealed that 15 people were injured during the blast, adding that the injured were on admission at various government hospitals in the metropolis.
The Anambra Women Organisation, AWO, has pledged to contribute money to support in Dr. Chris Ngge’s governorship campaign. The women also promised to mobile their over 122,000 members in 346 wards, including non-indigenes, to vote for him in the scheduled November 16 governorship election. The group made the pledge when Ngige visited the women yesterday at Ezinifite in Aguata Local Government Area of the state to inform them about his governorship aspiration.
The story of Nigerians made ‘illegal aliens’ in their country.During the General Ibrahim Babangida regime, the country was once agog, following the deportation of Professor Wilmot, a Jamaican, who taught at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The professor had lived in the country for years and married a Nigerian but following what the government perceived as his “satanic verse,” as it were, he was shipped out of the country. This is normal. Indeed, it’s common for nations to deport citizens of other countries, if such people contravene the law but it’s seldom heard that a citizen of a country is forcefully taken from one state in the country to another, no matter the circumstance. Surprisingly, this is happening in Nigeria.
The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah has alerted leaders and politicians in the country to take proactive measures in addressing the lingering crisis and insecurity bedevilling the nation. Kukah said: “Time is not on our side and the country is falling apart if care is not taken.” Speaking in an interview at Kizara village while commiserating with the people over the killing of 58 people recently by gunmen in Zamfara State, he said sooner the leaders and politicians put their heads and acts together, the better. Rev. Kukah attributed the lingering crisis to the failure of the political class to continuously engage in dialogue with one another, saying the politicians must imbibe the spirit of negotiations always.
DEPUTY governor of Borno State, Zannah Umar Mustapha, has said the state is still having some problems, though relative peace is being restored, adding that the state, for now, was not interested in the restoration of GSM network services. Mustapha said this while receiving members of the Senate Committee on Defence, Police, Army and National Security, during a visit to the state, on Monday. According to him, the government was not interested in the restoration of GSM network services for now, as it would distablise the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.
The former leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Alhaji Asari Dokubo,
Former Presidential candidate of the defunct Nigeria Advance Party (NAP) Dr. Tunji Braithwaite on Tuesday, faulted the planned centenary anniversary of Nigeria’s amalgamation by the presidency in 2014, describing it as a celebration of slavery and bad history. The Human Rights Activist and lawyer who wondered why despite the myriad of problems confronting the country, coupled with the level of poverty, the Federal government still plans to celebrate the Centenary anniversary of the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, lamented that the deplorable state of infrastructure in the country and the precarious security situation are enough reason to halt the celebration.