By Augustine Adah – Lagos


The appointment of new service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, following the sack of the former officers did not come to many Nigerians as a surprise. The newly-appointed service chiefs were expected to take the fight against Boko Haram as a major task of their assignment in the new government led by the All Progressives Congress (APC).Gabriel-Olonishakin-and-Buratai

Since President Buhari took over the mantle of leadership in Abuja, there has been a spike in the activities of the militant group, Boko Haram. Churches, Mosques, markets and other public places have been bombed by the terrorists with scores of citizens killed. For Buhari, who has made cracking down on Boko Haram insurgency his number one priority, these bombings may have been quite embarrassing.The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been mocking the president and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the growing activities of the group which was reported to have killed more than 500 Nigerians between May and July this year. Though the President and APC has reacted to the allegation describing the renewed attacks as the desperation of a drowning group, Buhari’s latest attempt may be aimed at giving a new direction to the fight against insurgency which the former service chiefs were alleged to have compromised. Read More →

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By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke, with agency reports


ABUJA—Following the appointment of new service chiefs on Monday by President Muhammadu Buhari, military sources have confided in Vanguard that about 25 Major Generals may proceed on retirement when the Senate confirms the new appointments.Mutiny-Army

Indications also emerged, yesterday, in Abuja that President Buhari’s forthcoming trip to the United States of America this month for extensive bilateral, economic and financial discussions with US President Barrack Obama, the need to engage his hosts about the terrorism challenges as well as Nigeria’s military capability to tackle the menace conclusively, necessitated the sack of the service chiefs last Monday. Read More →

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s current slow approach to governance is affecting the prosecution of the war against extremist group, Boko Haram, in the north east, findings by PREMIUM TIMES have shown.Buhari-in-office

Officials in the administration and some retired security and military experts who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, expressed the view that the decision by the president to allow uncertainty surround the tenures of the service chiefs and the National Security Adviser he inherited from the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, is greatly affecting the war. Read More →

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Muslims across the country have kicked against heightened searches conducted on women wearing Islamic dresses by security men.

Muslims who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH this weekend cautioned security agencies against frisking Muslim women dressed in hijab and burka, adding that such an action would amount to profiling them.Secretary-General-JNI-Dr.-Khalid-Aliyu-Abubakar

Wikipedia describes the hijab as a “veil that covers the head and chest, which is often worn by Muslim women beyond the age of puberty in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family as a form of modest attire.”
Other dresses worn by Muslim women as a religious duty are the niqab, which only leaves the area around the eyes open and the burka which is a dress that covers all parts of the body leaving just a mesh over the eyes. Read More →

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The Boko Haram bombers have hit Jos in Plateau state, again.

Right in the middle of service, a bomb blast ripped through an ECWA Church in Tudunwada, Angwan Yashi, near the Federal Secretariat, in Jos.

Casualty figures may be high.

Last week, two bombs, believed planted by Boko Haram exploded in the city, killing 44 people.

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Deadly group, Boko Haram is offering to free more than 200 young women and girls kidnapped from a boarding school in the town of Chibok in exchange for the release of militant leaders held by the government. According to an activist, who pleaded anonymity with an international news agency because he was not authorized to talk to reporters on the sensitive issue, it was revealed that Boko Haram’s current offer is limited to the girls from the school in northeastern Nigeria whose mass abduction in April 2014.boko haram

“The new initiative reopens an offer made last year to the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan to release the 219 students in exchange for 16 Boko Haram detainees, the activist said.

He said the 5-week-old administration of President Muhammadu Buhari offers “a clean slate” to bring the militants back to negotiations that had become poisoned by the different security agencies and their advice to Jonathan. Read More →

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Abuja – Sheikh Muhammad Khalid, the Chief Imam of Apo Legislator’s Quarter’s Jumat Mosque has cancelled the special i’tikaaf prayer normally observed by Muslims during the last 10 days of Ramadan in that Mosque.

I’tikaaf is a special prayer offered my Muslims during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

During that period, a Muslim is required to retire to the Mosque and remain in seclusion solely with the intention of offering prayers and supplication to Allah.

Khalid announced the cancellation of the prayer in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the move had become necessary following increased insecurity in the country.

He added that “everyone can testify to the fact that insecurity is becoming higher; bombings have become the order of the day in the North, especially in the North Eastern part of the country.

“We need to join hands with government to do whatever we can possibly do in our capability to tackle it headlong. Read More →

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