The United States on Friday condemned Boko Haram suicide attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria as “horrific and indiscriminate” and deplored the militant group’s use of children as bombers.

Multiple bomb blasts at two bus stations in Gombe killed 37 people on Wednesday, while two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 13 people in northern Cameroon.

The U.S “strongly condemns the horrific and indiscriminate suicide attacks,” the State Department said. Read More →

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The French and Chinese governments on Friday pledged to extend the level of military and economic cooperation they have with Nigeria.Osinbajo-China

The French and Chinese ambassadors to Nigeria, made the pledge during separate meetings with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.

The Chinese Envoy, Mr Gu Xiaojie, told correspondents after the meeting that he was very pleased to have a meeting with the vice-president.

He said they had very wonderful and fruitful discussions and exchanged views on bilateral relations.

“This year is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a strategic partnership between Nigeria and China. Read More →

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Nigeria’s new Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Sunday said under his command, Boko Haram would either beg for peace or face the wrath of highly motivated and combat ready soldiers.Scene-of-Nigerian-Ground-Troops-that-Recapture-Baga

The Borno State-born Major General, who took over command of the nation’s army last week, said he was ready to lead soldiers to the dens and enclaves of the insurgents.

He, therefore, re-christened the operational code of the counter insurgency efforts from “Operation Zaman Lafiya” to “Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole” – which in Hausa means ‘the quest for peace becomes a must’.

Mr. Buratai, who was in neighbouring Yobe State to celebrate the Islamic eid-el-fitri festival with Nigerian troops, moved to Borno on Sunday afternoon. He arrived Maiduguri by road and was received by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Zannah Mustapha, who immediately accompanied the army boss to visit the 103 Battalion of the 7 Division, Maiduguri in Konduga Town where they met the troops and hailed their courage and gallantry. Read More →

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Maiduguri – Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Acting Chief of Army Staff, on Sunday launched “Operation Lafiya Dole” as a new code name for a fresh impetus by the military to tackle the activities of Boko Haram.Major-General-Tukur

This replaces the former “Operation Zaman Lafiya”.

The new code name was derived from Hausa language, which literally translates “Peace by All Means.”

Buratai announced this while addressing troops of the 103 Battalion in Konduga, headquarters of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno.

He said that the objective was to transform the army professionally as well as fast track the war against the Boko Haram terrorists. Read More →

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This month, the world moved a step closer to the defeat of Boko Haram, the jihadist group that has terrorized hundreds of thousands in the northern states of Nigeria. In one of my first acts since taking office as president six weeks ago, I have replaced the heads of Nigeria’s army, navy and air force. Our new military leadership has not been chosen because of their familiarity with those in government, as was too often the case in the past, but on their track records and qualifications alone.

These new military leaders will be based in Borno State in northern Nigeria, where the headquarters of the armed services has been relocated. This shift of resources and command directly to the front line, in addition to the replacement of the head of the State Security Service, Nigeria’s intelligence organization, and a new emphasis on working in partnership with our neighbors, has equipped us to take the fight directly to Boko Haram.

Already we are beginning to see a degrading of Boko Haram’s capabilities as a fighting force. In recent weeks, it appears to have shifted away from confronting the military directly to an increase in attacks on civilian areas, as we saw only last week when an elderly woman and 10-year-old girl blew themselves up at a Muslim prayer gathering in northeastern Nigeria. We should not be confused by this change, hateful as it is: It does not mean that Boko Haram is succeeding in its aims — it shows that it is losing.

While we work to defeat the terrorists, I ask the people of Nigeria and the world for resolve and fortitude. The campaign we will wage will not be easy; it may not be swift. We should expect stages of success and also moments when it may appear that our advances have been checked. But no one should have any doubt as to the strength of our collective will or my commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back peace and normalcy to all affected areas.

Similarly, my determination should not be underestimated in other matters. This includes instilling good governance and tackling the scourge of corruption that has held Nigeria back for too long. Read More →

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A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart and ex- Parliamentary Liaison Adviser to late President Umaru Ya’Adua, Senator Abba Aji has blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for what he called deliberate destruction of the party (PDP) before leaving office two months ago.PDP logo

Aji who was justifying his decision to quit PDP and join the All Progressive Congress (APC), told journalists in an interview in Maiduguri, that the former president knew the future of the party was precariously bleak months before elections but deliberately decided to destroy it.

“PDP was deliberately destroyed by Jonathan. He was the greatest beneficiary of democracy in Nigeria and PDP’s 16 years of ruling in most states and at the federal level, yet he did everything to undermine the progress of the party and left it worse than he met it. He simply messed up the party,” he alleged. Read More →

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By Willy Eya And Chinelo Obogo

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said he would shift his attention to the Niger Delta at the end of this month to decisively deal with the issue of oil theft in the country.oil-thieves

This is even as he, again, vowed to break the vicious circle of corruption, insecurity and downturn in the nation’s economy, which has led to massive unemployment in the nation.

President Buhari, who made the remarks in an interview on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) last night decried the effect of oil theft to Nigeria’s economy and vowed that his administration would begin to tackle the menace at the end of July. Read More →

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