In a statement issued by the government, the terrorist group is said to have started announcing to citizens, particularly women, that if they submit photocopies of their permanent voter cards they will receive N6,000 from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). According to Shettima, the progress made by the Nigerian army has made it impossible for any local government to be in the hands of the insurgents.
I was going through one of the national dailies on Monday when my eyes fell on a report that of the 27 local government areas of the beleaguered Borno state, only three are safe from Boko Haram. It is quite obvious now that the military cannot liberate and secure the gains at the same time considering the size of the axis.
Nigerians have often wondered why, just when it seems our gallant military forces are about to snuff out the Boko Haram insurgents, they make daring resurgences. In spite of the recent claims and counter-claims by former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, of providing the equipment for the recent successes against the terrorists, the military high command has told the Senate that they are still poorly equipped to contain Boko Haram.
Governor Shettima said the military and other security operatives on the platform of 'Operation Lafiya Dole', had been doing their best in the last six months as the terrorists' capacity had been whittled down leaving only pockets of them remaining in the Sambisa Forest. The governor told the people of the affected communities that government had already liaised with the military to provide them with adequate security and urged them not to flee as his administration would spend one hundred million naira to rebuild their destroyed houses He added that a committee had been set up headed by his deputy, Usman Durkwa to ensure that all the houses destroyed by the insurgents were rebuilt promptly.
The girls were among the over 200 students kidnapped from their hostels at Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. The young lady now a volunteer teach with TELA, an Education project launched by the former VP and sponsored by USAID to teach basic literary and numeracy to vulnerable children. "This is one of our Chibok students, studying computer science at American University of Nigeria. She's now a TELA facilitator. Education changes everything! She went from captivity to AUN, and is now volunteering to teach other children. This is great courage!"
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture IITA/SARD-SC project has procured two Seed Cleaners for the Lake Chad Agricultural Research Institute, Maiduguri, Borno State. The SARD-SC project's Communication Officer, Mrs Bola Adewole said in Ibadan yesterday that similar cleaner was also purchased for the Institute for Agricultural Research, Zaria, Kaduna State. She said the equipment sorts, grades and treats viable wheat, rice and maize seeds for planting. According to her, they were brought into the country knocked down in crates and were assembled in IITA, Ibadan, Oyo State, under the supervision of personnel from the manufacturing company in India, with the assistance of IITA staff.
The attacks left scores dead and several villages burned to the ground. "On the other hand, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is responsible for all land operations and will continue to exercise that role and as may be directed by the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the Honourable Minister of Defence, the CDS or directly to the COAS as the case may be. "The Nigerian Army has the largest troops deployed and, therefore, the COAS has the responsibility for the operational, command, control and discipline of the Army.
General Buratai said the soldiers must respect human rights and ensure that civilians and captured terrorists are treated humanely. The Army Chief urged the soldiers to remain loyal to the President and Commander-in- Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the Army had got intervention from the Federal Government to kit the soldiers and provide mobility and fire power.
15 Chibok girls who escaped from Boko Haram captivity were in 2014 awarded scholarship to attend the American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. The girls were among the over 200 students kidnapped from their hostels at Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. Atiku shared a photo of one of the students who is studying Computer Science and is now a volunteer teach with TELA, an Education project launched by the former VP and sponsored by USAID to teach basic literary and numeracy to vulnerable children "This is one of our ? #?
Borno State Government to offer nursery & primary school scholarships to 23, 000 orphans in IDP camps in the state. pic.twitter.com/ghwy ...
President Muhammadu Buhari's goal of rescuing the abducted Chibok girls would not be attained as the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has maintained that the girls will never return. The investigation panel is to, among other things, unravel the remote and immediate circumstances leading to the kidnap of the girls by Boko Haram terrorists and the other events, actions and in actions that followed the incident.
The former president who portrayed his fellow ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan as nonchalant towards rescuing the abducted girls, noted that promises to recover the girls could not be fulfilled considering the length of time they have been away with the dreaded Boko Haram sect. Obasanjo who threw his weight behind the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari urged Nigerians to support the president in his bid to recover funds stolen from public treasury.