Well done! The Nigerian Government is paying attention to Education for Internally Displaced Children
I must commend the Nigerian Government which has been taking great strides to improve the living and economic conditions of INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDP’s) in the country’s North. The United Nations put the number of persons displaced by Boko Haram activities In the country at about 1.5 million. Since the new government of President Muhammadu Buhari came into power, he has made the plight of the IDP’s one of his priorities. The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo has also visited some camps for Internally Displaced People in order to learn about their plight firsthand.
The Nigerian Government is also seeing to it that the internally displaced children get an education. Mobile classrooms were installed at the Dalori Internally Displaced Persons camp in Maiduguri, Borno state today September 29th.
Kudos to the Nigerian Government!
The Boko Haram-ISIS alliance is now a reality. I have once written about how Boko Haram and ISIS are similar and when rumors of the allegiance came up, I also wrote about it and now I’m writing about the reality of the allegiance. It gives me so much sadness to write about this because as I do, I think about all the innocent people these monsters have murdered in the name of Allah.
Boko Haram, imitating their master, ISIS have carried out and released a video showing them beheading a member of the Nigerian military.
The sad video (which you can see screenshots from below) video shows the gruesome beheading of a captured military officer.
In the 10mins video, the sect members are seen engaging the military in a gun battle and then the video shows them standing proudly next to the corpses of the military officers killed and the video ends with the gruesome beheading of a captured military officer.
The man who spoke in the video is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the so called ‘Caliph of the Islamic Caliphate and leader of Muslims worldwide’.
“We announce to you to the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to West Africa. Our caliph has accepted the pledge of loyalty of our brothers of Boko Haram so we congratulate Muslims and our jihadi brothers in West Africa.’
This gives us a lot of cause to worry but that’s not all. Another scary report alleges that ISIS has started sending fighters to North Eastern Nigeria, the operational base of Boko Haram. This allegation was made by a security expert. See his tweet below:
I’m disturbed by these reports and I know that there might be more reports of ISIS fighters arriving Nigeria. This might of course cause the US and international community to step in, as they would not want West Africa to be a safe haven or breeding ground for ISIS.
Since Boko Haram started posing real security threats back in 2009, there have always been the argument of whether to dialogue or not to dialogue with the sect and in the eventuality of a dialogue whether the Government should consider granting Amnesty to the terrorists.
The Government of Former President, Goodluck Jonathan repeatedly called for dialogues with Boko Haram even though eventually no result was seen, no dialogue took place.
During the build up to the Presidential election, President Buhari was quoted to have said that his govt will dialogue with Boko Haram. Now that he is President, the Presidency is reporting that the Government is open to talks with Boko Haram.
The big question therefore is:
SHOULD THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT DIALOGUE WITH BOKO HARAM?
Some residents of Borno on Monday cautioned the Federal Government against rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way of ending their violent campaign. Those who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday advised government to concentrate on military action against the insurgents.
Shieikh Musa Usman, a Maiduguri based Islamic scholar, advised government to equip the military with the necessary weapons to face the insurgents rather than considering dialogue option.
“We heard in the media that government was considering a dialogue option with the insurgents following the recent spate of attacks in the North east. Why should the government dialogue with individuals who are only interested in killing and maiming people? Is government saying that it cannot continue with the current anti insurgency war or what? Why must we be talking about dialogue when our neighbours are already dislodging the insurgents from their countries?” Usman said.
I support Usman. I dont see why the government would want to dialogue with terrorists! People who have committed their lives to killing people and unleashing terror.
Malam Goni Yahuza, another scholar said that negotiating with the insurgents was a sign of weakness.
“I do not support the idea of dialogue with Boko Haram because there is nothing to dialogue about. In the first place, I do not think that the group has something to talk about apart from violence. I believe that the Nigerian military has all its takes to crush the insurgents, what they need is proper motivation for the task.
Government must strive hard to ensure that it puts an end to the insurgency in a short while”, Yahuza said.
So, my dear readers I would love to hear your opinion. Do you think it is a wise option for the Nigerian Government to be considering dialogue with the Boko Haram terrorists.
Everyone is talking about it and every major news outlet is reporting about it – the recent increase in Boko Haram activities in Nigeria.
As I said in a recent post, this increase is due to the fact that ISIS has commanded its soldiers to increase attacks this Ramadan period.
These images below are somewhat graphic. They are of victims of Boko Haram’s recent attack on Jos, Plateau State.
At least 15 people were killed yesterday July 5th when two bombs exploded at the Yan-Taya mosque in Jos and another one at the Bauchi Road, in Jos.
Pic credit: Yiliyap Abraham
May the souls of these innocent ones Rest in Peace and may they eventually get justice!
Nigerians, my brothers and sisters, this is a time we must all be strong, both in prayers and in support of our Government, to fight these monsters and save the lives of our fellow people.
This is not a time to allow religious and ethnic sentiments. Let’s do what is right for the good of our nation and for humanity. God bless you all.
This pictures were taken by Kayode Ogundamisi, a popular Political and human rights activist. He took these pictures of these displaced kids at a camp for internally displaced persons in Borno state, Nigeria.
These young children who I pray that their futures will not be stolen from them, are victims of Boko Haram menace in Northern Nigeria.
Kayode Ogundamisi has been trying to create awareness about the plight of internally displaced persons in camps run by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
He recently tweeted directly to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo raising serious issues which I would really be disappointed should the Vice President ignore.
The Vice President recently visited a similar camp. He was given a tour by NEMA officials. Kayode alleges that the camp the Vice President was shown and the situation presented to him was not the true situation of things.
The activist future went on to allege serious corruption and fraud in NEMA. Something I’m not surprised but highly disappointed about.
He also pointed out that NEMA’s behaviour is frustrating foreign aid agencies efforts.
The Vice President and indeed the Federal Government must look into these allegations and take necessary steps!
Fire those that need to be fired and restore sanity to the system! We are talking about people who have lost almost everything because their Government couldn’t protect them and now their welfare even as displaced persons are being compromised by corrupt persons! Completely unacceptable.!