Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chad and Niger launch joint offensive against Boko Haram

Chad and Niger launched a joint army operation against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria on Sunday, military sources said, stepping up a regional push to end the Sunni Muslim group's six-year insurgency.

Boko Haram has expanded cross-border raids into Cameroon, Chad and Niger in recent months. This has spurred Nigeria's neighbours to retaliate, although cooperation between them and Abuja has been limited and at times strained.

Sunday's strike marks Niger's first major push into Nigerian territory to combat Boko Haram. It had until now only defended itself against militant incursions in border areas.

Nigeria's government appealed for greater international help in combating the insurgency after Boko Haram pledged allegiance on Saturday to Islamic State, the violent jihadi organisation that rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

Terrorist Hears Gospel Radio, Rejects Jihad for Jesus Christ

As the world looked on in horror, the radical Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram posted a video recently purportedly showing the beheading of two men accused of being spies. The group has been blazing a swath of terror across northern Nigeria, resulting in the postponement of the nation's presidential election from Feb. 14 to March 28.

Now, with the rescheduled election fewer than three weeks away, security in the face of the terrorists has become a central point of the debate between candidates. Yet, as terror takes center stage in the political fight, The Tide global radio ministry is helping Nigerians keep Jesus as the center focus of their hearts.

Anglican Primate Preaches Detribalised Nigeria

The Bishop of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Diocese of Abuja, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh has called for a united and detribalized Nigeria, in order for the country to grow and developed to its desired height in the face of the challenges confronting it.

Okoh who made this call at the official flag-off of  the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the church said that the challenges affecting the nation, which is as well affecting the church is the issue of tribalism and the absence of unity.

According to the clergyman, the issue of unity in Nigeria is what the church has taken upon itself to teach the people during the anniversary celebration, adding that it wants to unite Nigerians  and make the issue of tribalism less attractive.

Corruption is Nigeria’s biggest problem, says Peterside

The APC governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, on has identified corruption as the cause of insecurity and other challenges facing the nation.

Peterside made the disclosure in Port Harcourt at the 71st birthday thanksgiving service of the Presiding Bishop of Overcomers Ministries, Rt. Rev. Ombo Isokariari.

Peterside lamented that Nigeria was facing a lot of challenges, which had led to social vices.

“We need the power of God’s presence to fight corruption and take the nation out of backwardness.

“When we have the presence of God in affairs of our state, no challenge will set us back or consume us,” he said.

According to Peterside, Nigerians cannot continue to do things the same way and expect different result.

He advised Christians to have a new approach to doing things to enthrone a leadership whose character and actions would reflect the will of God.

Read What Soldiers Did To Christian Worshippers In Kaduna Yesterday

Reports reaching us from Southern part of Kaduna State indicate that officials of the Nigerian Army in the area have committed atrocity as they reportedly shot dead six Christian worshipers on Sunday.

A witness, who gave his name as Christopher, told The Nation that the incident occurred at St. Peters Catholic Church Gidan-Waya area of Jama’a local government area of the state.
He said the soldiers allegedly shot the church’s security guards who mounted a temporary stop and search check point in front of their church during mass, adding that many other worshippers sustained various degrees of injuries.

“The clash occurred at about 10.00am when church service was on. A soldier approached the church’s watch men popularly known as Cadet and ordered them to dismantle the temporary check point during the church service, but the boys refused the order on the argument that church service was ongoing and that they would do as soon as service was over, but the soldier was dissatisfied with the explanation,” he said.


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