Soldiers Desert Biita As Boko Haram Makes Strong Comeback

By Saharareporters, New YorkSeveral soldiers on the ground in Borno State have told SaharaReporters that many Nigerian soldiers are deserting after the military retreated from Biita and Izge as Boko Haram militants mounted a major offensive. Our sources said numerous soldiers had handed in their weapons and deserted in civilian clothes.On Saturday night, the Nigerian…

Boko Haram: Pay boost for soldiers

• Troops receive allowances in advance From MOLLY KILETE. ABUJAIndications have emerged that the Federal Government is set to increase the operational allowances for soldiers on Internal Security Operation (ISO) nation-wide.The decision, Daily Sun gathered, was ratified by President Goodluck Jonathan after the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-General Kenneth Minimah, pleaded with the President…

Jonathan Nominates Alison-Madueke As Secretary-General Of OPEC

Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been nominated by President Goodluck Jonathan to become Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), when the tenure of incumbent Abdullah al-Badri of Iraq expires in December 2014.If the move sails through, Alison-Madueke will become the first female Secretary-General of OPEC.Seventy-four-year-old al-Badri has been Secretary-General of OPEC since 2007. He was also Libyan Minister for Oil and Electricity between 1990 and 2000.

48 hours as new Kano Emir: Sanusi operates from Govt House

FORTY-eight hours after his appointment as new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is yet to resume duties at the Emir’s palace, located in Nassarawa in accordance with tradition.Alhaji Sanusi was named new Emir by Kano Kingmakers following the death of Alhaji Ado Abdullahi Bayero last Friday.The appointment of the new Emir was announced by the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Rabiu Suleiman Bichi last Sunday and was subsequently issued appointment letter and staff of office by Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso the following day.

What do these Biafran Zionists (BZM)?

The latest unsuccessful attempt by leaders of the so-called Biafran Zionist Movement to seize a state radio station in Enugu caught the nation unaware. The operation was reportedly led by one Benjamin Onwuka, a self-acclaimed President of Biafra. A few months ago, the same group invaded the Enugu State Government House but failed. It was in the wee hours of the night but their effort was promptly repelled by security agencies. I have seen the pictures of those detained in connection with the invasion and I am very worried. What could these able-bodied young men be looking for? What is motivating them? Who are they speaking for? Are they okay?

President Jonathan A president boxed into tight corner

The last few months, especially since the Chibok girls’ abduction, have left President Goodluck Jonathan’s image seriously battered and in need of repair, writes Financial Times Few African heads of state have experienced a drubbing at the hands of traditional and social media quite like Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. In many African countries a degree of deference to the office of the head of state persists.