A report by Rescue Christians (video below) gives details of the severity of Christian persecution in Nigeria in the six years in which Boko Haram has unleashed its reign of terror. 100,000 Christians’ homes destroyed and 5,000 murdered. “As a result there are 7,000 widows and 10,000 orphans in the Maiduguri diocese.”
A report by the charity also found some 350 churches have been destroyed in the diocese, which encompasses Borno and Yobo states as well as part of Adamawa. More than half of the Maiduguri diocese’s parish centers, chaplaincies and church-run primary schools have been deserted by Nigerian Catholics and many of them are occupied by Boko Haram militants, who control up to 85 percent of the diocese territory.
“People are very scared, and those who are able to return home find there is nothing left,” Rev. Father Gideon Obasogie, the diocesan director of social communications, told ACN, according to Catholic Herald. “A life lived with much fear is terrible.” IBTimes
The Nigerian Army has retaken the north-eastern town town Baga from Boko Haram.
In January the terrorist group Boko Haram carried out a second attack on Baga . Amnesty International said, “The bloodthirsty Nigerian terror group Boko Haram killed as many as 2,000 people in a horrific attack.”
The Nigerian army has retaken the north-eastern town of Baga, held by Boko Haram militants since 3 January.
In a tweet from its official account, the army said that “mopping up” operations were continuing.
It also claimed in a separate statement that it had killed many Boko Haram militants, though this has not been independently verified. BBC
About 63 Nigerian girls and women abducted last month by Boko Haram have escaped. However, over 200 other girls who were abducted in April are still captive.
Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) – More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources said Sunday.
Local vigilante Abbas Gava said he had “received an alert from my colleagues … that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home”. A high-level security source in Borno state capital Maiduguri, who requested anonymity, confirmed the escape.
The Nigerian government has to be the most inept corrupt government on the planet.
Boko Haram Ramadan in Nigeria.
Five churches, including COCIN, EYN and Deeper Life Bible Church, in Kwada village about 10 kilometres from Chibok town, were on Sunday attacked by Boko Haram insurgents. The attackers, according to report from locals in Chibok, targeted the time when worshipers were ready for the Sunday Service.
“They killed and burnt houses after attacking worshipers in five churches in Kwada; after that, they advanced to Kautikari, less than 8 kilometres to Chibok town, whey they equally killed people and destroyed properties.”
“I’m not sure security agencies have gone to rescue the villagers, but I learnt that the insurgents are still in pursuit of the remaining villagers”, Mallam Yahi told DailyPost.
Ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists, the Nigerian newspaper Leadership broke the story, though the military insisted there was no truth in the reports.
Update: Boko Harem video of girls may be a fake. “They are not the same. They are not the girls abducted,” said Ojutiku, a Southern Baptist in Raleigh, N.C., who receives frequent updates from members of the grassroots group Lift Up Now. He co-founded the group to address political, economic and social challenges in his homeland Nigeria.
More likely, the Monday (May 12) video is a ruse by the Islamic terrorists to mislead those searching for the girls, Ojutiku said.” Baptist Press
Amina Tsawur, 17, was helped to escape by a member of the terrorist group who spoke her local language. The Boko Haram member told her to “ask to be moved away from the other hostages so she could relieve herself.” Amina followed his instructions, then fled through the jungle in northern Nigeria until she reached a highway where a passing motorist drove her to a nearby town.
Describing the moment of her capture, she said: ‘It was about llpm and we were very scared to hear shooting. We didn’t know what to do or where to run.
‘After some time we started seeing men in soldiers’ uniforms coming in the school by torchlight.
‘We thought they were soldiers. They said they had been sent to evacuate us so we would not be harmed.
Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State of the United States received assessments and urging from the CIA, FBI, the Justice Department, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, General Ham, and some members of Congress … to designate Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
Opponents to designating Boko Haram were concerned that adding the group to the FTO list would make the United States and Western interest more of a target and would enhance Boko Haram’s status among extremist groups. The opponents were 21 U.S. based African studies academics, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell, some members of the State Department, the Nigerian government, and Scholars on Twitter.
As Secretary of State of the United States Hillary Clinton’s leadership is open to question. Secretary Hillary Clinton seems to have disregarded the assessments and urging from the CIA, FBI, the Justice Department, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, General Ham, and some members of Congress.
Who are the girls in the photos being used on the Twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls in support of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram? The photos were used without permission of the photographer Ami Vitale. The girls in the photos are not Nigerian schoolgirls but instead are girls in Guinea-Bissau.
Ami Vitale took the photos to show the hope and resilence of people in Guinea-Bissau. The BBC removed the photos from the related blog post on the BBC website. However Chris Brown has not removed the photos.
Using those photos without permission is a huge infringement and misrepresentation of the girls in the photos, their families, and the photographer. The photos should be taken down by those who used them without permission.
There were three photos that were taken from either my website or the Alexia Foundation website, and someone made these images the face of the campaign….
There are many times when I get upset when people take my photos without permission, but this isn’t about that. I support the campaign completely and I would do anything to bring attention to the situation. It’s a beautiful campaign that shows the power of social media. This is a separate issue.
The fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls, that were kidnapped in April by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has turned even more nightmarish when the leader of Boko Haram announced plans to sell them.
“I abducted your girls,” the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in the 57-minute video.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful”, has been waging a bloody insurgency to establish sharia law in northern Nigeria.
“I have kidnapped a girl in an school with Western education and that bothers you. I say that Western education must end – it must end! The girls must leave and get married,” he said.
Shekau also threatened to sell the girls.
“By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace,” he said in the video, which starts off with Islamist fighters lofting automatic rifles and shooting in the air as they chant “Allahu akbar!” (“God is great”). France24