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#Dapchi: Can’t believe another episode of #ChiokGirls unfolding

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By Blogger

I have not been able publish posts on my blog in the past seven days or thereabout. It wasn't because I have run out of ideas on issues that I could ventilate my views. Neither was it because I was starved of resources to pull together a compelling write-up for my readers' sustained pleasure. 

Nope! 
Certain recent events actually made me incapable of hitting the keyboard of my blog page for nearly a whole week. 

The Dapchi attack and subsequent abduction of over 100 Schoolgirls by Boko Haram fighters on Monday, 19th February, was one issue that temporarily robbed me of my creative ingenuity to keep a date with my blog. 
In fact I am still gasping for breath, choking under the avalanche of the unimaginable flaws being displayed by both the governments and security agencies in making sure another episode of 14th April 2014 doesn't repeat itself again. The #ChibokGirls saga. 
Nearly four years after their abduction, only about half of the girls have been rescued.

While …

Borno: Nigerian State With Alarming Cases of Rape Gets Care Center for Victims

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By Blogger state


Residents of Borno state in northeast Nigeria, where displaced women and girls are raped on daily basis have expressed happiness as government opens a referral care center  for sexually abused person on Monday. This was coming days after the state's police commissioner, Mr Damian Chukwu, raised an alarm on the escalating cases of rape of females especially minors by adults. The police said it is easy for rape culprits to get away with the crime of having forced sexual relationship with girls as young as four years old because the victims' parents would want to press for charges due to possible stigma. The Borno state Commissioner of police, Mr. Damian Chukwu, has last week rated Borno state as one of the states in the country with high rate of sexual assaults like raping of minors. The police chief who was briefing the press on the security situation in the state that is the birth place of Boko Haram ideology said cases of rape has become prevalent in the camps f…

Borno journalists condole The Nation Reporter, Joel Duku over father's death

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Borno journalists  condole The Nation Reporter, Joel Duku over father's death  By (Blogger) Abdulkareem Haruna 
Members of Borno state Correspondents' Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, on Friday condole the Yobe state Corresondent of The Nation newspaper, Mr Joel Duku, over the death of his father, Pa Abraham Ayaaji Duku. 
Pa Duku died on 30th January, 2018 at the age of 80, after a brief illness. 
He is to be buried today, Friday, 16th February 2018 in his home town, Onovmba-Aondo in Gyaluwa,Gwer West local government area of Benue state. 
A letter of condolence signed by the Chairman of the Borno state Correspondents' Chapel, Comrade Haruna Dauda and issued by the secretary, Timothy Olanrewaju,  urged the senior journalist and his bereaved family to take heart despite the pains of the irreversible loss. 
"It is with deep heart we condole you and your family over the passing away of your father, Pa Duku", the condolence letter reads. 
"Though death is in…

Why News Media are Culpable in the Benue 

Killings By Farooq KperogiPosted by: ojonugwa ugbojain Social Media Feeds1 week ago ABUJA (Sundiata Post) I have written several articles calling attention to the ethical impropriety of conflating “Fulani” identity, “herdsmen,” and criminality. Most Fulani people are not cattle herders and, although most cattle herders in Nigeria are Fulani, there are cattle herders who are not Fulani. Most importantly, though, most cattle herders are NOT criminals or murderers. The fact that there are cattle herders who commit crimes does not make all cattle herders criminals.The Nigerian media, however, have chosen to make “Fulani herdsmen” the lexical substitute for “criminals” or “murderers.” Even when the media are not sure who committed a crime, it is typical for the media to attribute the crime to “suspected Fulani herdsmen,” not even “criminals suspected to be Fulani herdsmen,” implying, in essence, that to talk of either “Fulani herdsmen” or “criminals” is to talk of the other.
This invidious, …

MATTERS ARISING FROM GOVERNOR SHETTIMA’S TOWNHALL MEETING

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By: Sale Galadima

Nigerians are often fascinated by the remarks of Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima. I have been his student of political philosophy, which centers around truth, justice and honesty of purpose, even at the cost of personal endearment. 
His comments may not always be palatable to the authorities, but the youthful Governor, who is always passionate and emotional about the welfare of his citizens is never known to hold back the truth, nor veil the mood of his people.
My people use to say that, the man who tells you that your mouth stinks, if it is true, is a genuine friend, but the one who takes away his face without letting you know that you are polluting his breath is a hypocrite. Kashim Shettima is the type that can tell you the stench in your breath is suffocating. It is left for you to either go and wash your mouth or allow hypocrites to take away their faces from you whenever you speak.
I recall in 2013, when the same Governor Kashim Shettima looked the authorities…

Grief in Maiduguri as army chief loses father, Pa Yusuf Buratai

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By (Blogger) Abdulkareem Haruna 
Father of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, Alhaji Yusuf Buratai has passed on today. 
A message posted on a social media handle managed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman confirmed the death. 
"Good morning all, Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihirrajiun  (from God we come and unto Him we shall all return)", the message reads.
"This is to inform you of the passing away of the father of the Chief of Army Staff, Alhaji Yusuf Buratai this morning in Maiduguri". 
Late Baba Buratai, as he is popularly known, was a world war ii veteran when he served the West African Army in 1942.
Details of his burial arrangements has not been made public. But he is expected to be buried today. 
Already his family home along Baga toad Maiduguri has since become a beehive of activities as family members, and concerned mourners flocked their to show sympathy. 
The deceased is survived by many children, inc…

Abubakar Shekau; When the Gorilla gets tired of fighting

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By (Blogger) Abdiulkareem Haruna 
The recent stance of the Nigeria military prosecution the counterinsurgency war in the  northeast has confirmed the maxim that fighting an asymmetric war, like Boko Haram’s, is a bit like “wrestling a gorilla; you don't quit fighting when you are tired; you only quit when the gorilla is tired”. 
In the context of the counterinsurgency operation in northeast Nigeria, it seems the Boko Haram leader, Abubkar Shekau, is the head gorilla character.  
I said this because of the enormous danger and vile that Mr Shekau possesses. And it would have been the greatest mistake ever made by the Nigerian military should they even by the tiniest strand of imagination decided to give up on Shekau. 
Unstable, erratic, out of control, highly knowledgeable, fluid and almost invisible, Shekau is the soul and driving spur of the whole Boko Haram thing. 
It was rather very frustrating for the military trying to root Shekau out.  So frustrating that his death was announced fo…

Borno governor signs 181 billion 2018 budhet

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By Blogger
Borno state Governor, Mr Kashim Shettima, has just signed the 2018 budget into law.  The budget will kick start the government's commitment to providing basic services to the people of Borno.  The new budget came with an increment of about N11 billion. 

Troops have finally overun Boko Haram in Sambisa forest -  Theatre Commander Rogers

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By Blogger

The theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, said on Saturday that Boko Haram has finally been defeated in Sambisa forest, following the capture of insurgent's main fort, Camp Zeiro.


The commander said weeks of hostility against Boko Haram had yielded results as troops under his command had succeeded in overrunning most of the locations under the control of the insurgents. 
General Nicholas disclosed this when he hosted his first all-security stakeholders meeting following his assumption of office late last year. 
The Theatre Commander said the major  unresolved challenge before the security in northeast Nigeria is  how to tackle the continuing cases of suicide bombing by Boko Haram. 
Addressing the security chiefs from the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, at  the Military Comman, and control Centre in Maiduguri, which is the  the Headquarters Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, General Nicholas said the meeting was necessary …

Gboko Massacre; Nigeria Media As Craftsmen of Destruction

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By (Blogger) Abdulkareem Haruna

The trending news about he clod blood murder of seven Fulani travellers in Gboko town of Benue state and the unfortunate misrepresentation of the incident by some"section" of the Nigeria media did not only sadden my mood, but also forced a recall of what Cris Jami once said.

Jami, a contemporary American poet, once said, "Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction". 

The men that were butchered and later murdered in the most bestial manner ever imagined by the Gboko mob were nobody else but Fulani men on journey to a destination unknown. 

Given the victims a vague Identification is, to me, e the most uncharitable thing anyone could ever contemplate doing. 

Agreed, the Fulani Herdsmen have not been in the good side of any public discussion in recent times. Their misadventures ar…

EU's €143 Million Grant for Borno, A Call for Effective Implementation, Monitoring

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By Botti Isaac
The #EuropeanUnion has been showing strong interest in the state of the north-east Nigeria and has overtime actively canvassed for and indeed supported the rehabilitation of the crisis-torn region.  With the recent grant of 143 million Euros (N60.1 billion) for the rehabilitation of communities across Borno state, the body has once again demonstrated significant concern the development of the region.  This support which it says will be implemented by a consortium of four bodies and entities, is targeted at providing critical services that includes healthcare, water and sanitation, sustainable energy, employment opportunities and general improvement of the livelihood of the people. Timely as this step is, strong efforts and effective mechanisms however need be put in place to avoid resources not impacting on the people. Ravaged by twin problems of #ClimateChange and insurgency-terrorism, Borno State and indeed other states in north-east Nigeria including, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauc…