Sunday, September 7, 2014

Boko Haram bows to superior firepower, retreats from Bama

Insurgent fighters from the Boko Haram Islamic sect were in full retreat from the strategic town
of Bama, in Borno State, at the weekend following a fierce aerial onslaught by the Nigerian Air
Force (NAF), military sources confirmed yesterday. They said the aerial attack aimed at
knocking off Boko Haram’s weapon installations in the town it had recently overrun, had been
effective and yielding the desired results.
President Goodluck Jonathan had on Friday, reportedly, ordered a full-scale war against Boko
Haram.
NAF intensified its bombing campaign at the weekend to rid Bama of the terrorists, pockets of
which were still said to be holding out in the town and its environs. But the battle took a heavy
toll on civilian lives and property as the insurgents were said to be embedded with residents,
locals said.
A source said: “The first attacks didn’t really make the expected impact but the second round of
bombardment really injured those Boko Haram boys, which is why they are retreating now. They
are no more deep into Bama, while our people are advancing and gaining territory. The Boko
Haram boys are right now retreating.
“We are now dislodging them. You know, Air Force have intensified their efforts; they brought
F-7 and different kinds of aircraft. They really bombarded them.”
Another military source confirmed the advances of the Armed Forces in the battle of Bama but
cautioned that it was no time for celebration yet, as the operation was still ongoing in several
parts of Borno State. He said the situation was “still very volatile” with Gwoza far from being
liberated from the terrorists’ siege.
“We don’t want to say anything official but there are still fights going on in different places and
on different scales, especially by air. This is a critical and unusual time,” the senior military
officer said.
A senior Air Force officer, who spoke from Borno State, said apart from the aerial campaign in
Bama, NAF had been effective in support of the ground forces with the launch of air attacks with
different aircraft types, including helicopter gunships.
He said: “We are very deeply involved. You know what we are having here is a joint operation of
the services, even though the Navy may not be involved right now because of the terrain.
“First and foremost, apart from the airlift, we are equally supporting the ground forces; in most
of the cases we even take the initiative. In modern warfare, Air Force normally does the first dirty
job: clear the road for the Army to do the mop-up operations.
“Like I said, all our platforms are participating fully here. We have Alpha Jets, we have F7,
Beechcraft, Mi35, which is the gunships, and then all our transport planes: C-130, the G TripleT.
So we are participating fully and playing a significant role in that place.”
The Defence Headquarters had vowed in a statement by Director of Defence Information, Major
General Chris Olukolade, that it will not allow any violation of the country’s sovereignty and
territorial integrity by terrorists. The statement was in apparent response to a growing sense of
apprehension among citizens and foreigners following recent reports about the gain of territories
in Borno State by Boko Haram.
“While welcoming all the concerns shown by Nigerians and a section of the international
community following the increased menace and activities of terrorists, it is necessary to
reassure all that the Nigerian Armed Forces is more than ever determined and committed to the
defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, regardless of any odd,” Olukolade
stated. “We therefore urge our citizens not to lose hope or be disenchanted but to remain
steadfast and supportive of the military as all steps are being taken to ensure the success of the
counter-insurgency operations, especially at this crucial time when our sovereignty is being
challenged.”
But a military intelligence source said: “Gwoza is still a no-go area, I must tell you the truth, as
the town is firmly in hands of the Boko Haram terrorists. We are currently focusing on Bama
before advancing to other areas.”
But Boko Hram opened another front in the antiterrorism war on Friday after an attack on Gulak
town, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State. The Secretary to
the Government of Adamawa State, Professor Liman Tukur, who confirmed the attack in a
statement, said insurgents had taken over the town.
The opening of another key battlefront in Adamawa State by the insurgents marked a major
escalation in the anti-terror war. Tukur said the insurgents killed and displaced many people in
Gulak during the attack on the town.
The Adamawa State SSG said in a release at the weekend: “It has come to the attention of the
Adamawa State Government that insurgents are now in Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali Local
Government Area, and had killed and displaced scores of people.
“On behalf of the people and government of Adamawa, His Excellency deeply sympathises with
the people of Gulak and other surrounding villages and towns whose areas had been overran by
insurgents.
“The concomitant effects of the insurgency, like displacement of whole villages and towns, create
multitudes of internally displaced persons whose management and welfare the government is left
to bear.”
Residents of some villages in Michika Local Government Area, which borders Madagali local
government, were said to be fleeing to Uba, Mubi, and Yola for fear of possible attacks.
Chief Press Secretary to the acting governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Solomon Kumangar, also
confirmed the attack on Gulak town by insurgents and said several people were killed.
Kumangar, however, denied reports that the residence of the acting governor, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri,
in Gulak had been torched by the Boko Haram terrorists.
•Excerpted from a THISDAY report. Photo shows Nigerian troops hunting Boko Haram insurgents
in Borno State.

Source News Express

Stephen Davis’ 7-Year Secret Deals with Boko Haram

.FG flew him in presidential jet, lodged him at
Transcorp Hilton
.Probe those named by the Australian, Restore
Joint Task Force in Borno – Col. Kontagora
.I’m ready to face Ex-Governor Sheriff – Davis

With a truckload of soldiers,  a good intention and
a high expectation, 63-year-old Reverend
Stephen Davis, an Australian, drove into the
darkness of New Marte, an uncertain darkness
made accessible by the half-full moon. The large
expanse of land in the corridor of the Lake Chad
Basin, with President Olusegun Obasanjo had
opened up for farming under an irrigation scheme which shares
border with Cameroon. It is located in Marte Local Government
Area of Borno State. Instead of the intended farming activities,
the field that stretches beyond where the eyes could reach, occupying a space of some 50,000 hectares, had been subdued
by the Boko Haram sect. To demonstrate their control over that land and space, the militant sect had set up camps on the
farms, and had asked the Australian and the ladies who wanted to negotiate the release of close to 300 students of
Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok to meet them there under the cover of darkness.
“We had to drive to New Marte because that’s where the sect commanders we were in touch with wanted to talk to us,” a
woman who was on the entourage told our reporter. “It was a very dangerous trip to make at night, but the sect had given
us the assurance that they would not attack us.”
In was in late April, about two weeks after the abduction of the schoolgirls from their hostel in Chibok, and Reverend Davis
had reached out to the sect members who wanted to know what government wanted to put on the table in the deal to have
the girls released.
“It was a very scary encounter,” the woman elaborated. “At about 3.00am, we saw the sect members engaged in a kind of
military drill. We initially thought it was the Nigerian Army personnel who were training, but we were wrong; it was the sect
members. We even discovered that the soldiers who accompanied us to the camp abandoned us in the night. I thank God
that we came out of the place alive. At the end of it all, we gained nothing, because government did not demonstrate the
commitment to obtain the release of the girls.”
The scene above was one of the encounters The Reverend Davis, recognised as an international arbitrator, had in his
efforts to obtain the release of Chibok girls, a five-month struggle that has come to nothing – but frustration.
His 7-year relationship with Boko Haram
Our reporter learnt that Reverend Davis didn’t jump into the Boko Hararm crisis recently. The former Canon Emeritus at
Coventry Cathedral in the United Kingdom and an associate of The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has had a
relationship with the sect that spanned over a period of seven years. His initial contact with them was way back in 2003
through a group in the North-East, called Women Peace and Security Network. This group, Sunday Trust learnt, was
cultivating the young men in the region, and training them on the need to eschew violence. As one who worked in the
Church of England’s Ministry of Reconciliation, Reverend Davis learnt about the activities of the women and decided to visit
Nigeria to appraise their activities. In the process, he became acquainted with the Boko Haram sect, its leadership, among
them the late Mohammed Yusuf and even Abubakar Shekau.
“He knew all these people before the sect went violent,” one of the women who have worked closely with The Reverend
Davis told our reporter. “It’s not like he came here to make a name after the abduction of Chibok girls. As at the time we
came in contact with him, he had done some work in other parts of the world, including his secret negotiation for peace in
the Niger Delta. Davis showed us many photographs of himself with leaders of the Niger Delta militants. Many of those
photographs were in his computer.  He showed us evidence of the work he has done in other parts of the world. At a point,
the Tony Blair Foundation wanted to come into Nigeria to negotiate with the sect through him. But Davis was already
working for government, and the Foundation didn’t want to work with government. So, he didn’t spearhead that project. His
expertise is known all over the world.”
Corroborating this position, The Reverend Davis told The Mail of London in June this year that he had had an “ongoing
contact” with Boko Haram, describing it as “a long process of building trust on both sides.” Our reporter learnt further that
even during the period in which the Presidential Committee on Peace in the North-East was meeting with members of the
sect, The Reverend Davis was helpful. “He was lodged at the Transcorp Hilton, and flew in a presidential jet. A top official
in the presidency paid his bills. We held meetings with him and elements in the sect at Transcorp Hilton. You know what
that means. At a time government was desperate about the release of Chibok girls from captivity, the presidential jet was
used to convey him to Maiduguri. Thereafter, he would be given the security cover while he met with the sect’s leaders.”
Speaking about his own experience, The Reverend Davis said in an interview with The Cable, an online publication, recently
that, “I have been involved in peace negotiations in Nigeria since 2004 when President Olusegun Obasanjo invited me to
intervene in the Niger Delta crisis. With a local Nigerian colleague, I spoke with Asari Dokubo and took him to Obasanjo at
the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Because Asari is a Muslim, the Muslim boys in the North heard about me and warmed up to
me. I did a report in 2005 on the threat of extremism among young northern Muslims.
“Obasanjo’s security chiefs dismissed the report with a wave of the hand. They said no such thing existed. In 2007,
President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, who desired to end the militancy in the Niger Delta, invited me and made me presidential
envoy. I toured all the northern states. I went to the country’s borders. I came back with a report that there were some
budding sects in the North. The national security adviser (NSA) at the time, Gen. Sarki Mukhtar, dismissed the report. He
said they didn’t exist. A succession of NSAs dismissed all these reports and allowed the groups to flourish.
“By the time President Goodluck Jonathan came to power in 2011, these groups had spread all over the North. They had
cells and commanders in 16 out of the 19 northern states. President Jonathan called me and sought my opinion on the best
way to tackle the militancy and bring it to an end.
“I knew many of the leaders. I spoke with them. They trusted me. They initially wanted to kill me. They thought I was an
American but I told them I was not. They also thought I was British but I said I was not. I told them I was an Australian.
They relaxed. I don’t know why but they became more accommodating. They became friendly and, gradually, we built the
trust. They started feeling free with me. I don’t call them Boko Haram. I call them JAS. People call them Boko Haram. They
don’t call themselves Boko Haram.”
BUNGLED EFFORTS FOR PEACE DEAL AND RELEASE OF CHIBOK GIRLS
Our reporter learnt that last year, while government took steps to enter into dialogue and peace deal with the sect,
Reverend Davis made contacts with the sect’s commanders and secured a kind of terms of peace agreement from them. We
learnt that in the first instance, the sect wanted women and children of the sect’s leaders released from captivity. The
Reverend Davis, Sunday Trust, learnt, successfully convinced government to release that class of detainees on June 14,
2013, but when the sect leaders who wanted to drop their arms sought unconditional amnesty, government disagreed with
them, hence the peace process collapsed.
The lady who worked closely with Davis added that, “When the dialogue committee was at work, the Australian, too, was in
secret talks with some of the sect’s leaders. There were 12 Boko Haram commanders with whom he worked, and their
main demand was that their women and children in detention should be released as a sign of government’s seriousness.
After that, they would name the persons who would negotiate other terms of peace agreement with government. That was
the stage we were. Suddenly, instead of government to take that line of action, it decided to declare a state of emergency.
The sect leaders, therefore, went into hiding, believing that any effort to negotiate with government would lead to their
death. They gave an example of some persons who met government in Kaduna for peace talks, but were later caught and
killed.”
Speaking in an interview The Cable on how this peace deal collapsed, Reverend Davis said, “They wanted training for the
widows of their deceased fighters. They asked the government to give these women cottage training. They, ironically,
wanted education for the children of their deceased members. That is why I don’t call them Boko Haram (“Western
education is a taboo”). They asked that the children be sent to school. They also wanted the government to rebuild villages
that were destroyed by the security agencies. They asked for amnesty as well. : The president said he would not grant
amnesty in the sense that they meant it. He said those who surrendered their arms would not be prosecuted, but those who
continued to commit more crimes would face the law and would be charged with treason. They also wanted women and
children who were being held in custody to be released. Their leaders that I spoke with were ready to accept the conditions.
But the NSA then, Gen. Owoye Azazi, went vehemently against it. He said there should be no negotiation with terrorists. He
completely turned the military against the peace deal I was working on, even though we were very close to bringing an end
to the insurgency the same way we did it in the Niger Delta. The military then refused to back the deal. They succeeded in
convincing the president not to accept it. I could understand where they were coming from: the security budget was like $6
billion and any peace deal would seriously reduce their budget.”
It was in the same manner that the effort to release Chibok girls failed, because the military didn’t want government to
yield to the sect’s demands.
THE CURRENT OUTBURST AND COUNTER-ACCUSATIONS
The Reverend Davis claimed that he went to town with the story of his frustration in rescuing the Chibok girls because he
couldn’t imagine how a government would behave as if all was well when over 300 girls are held in captivity by a very
violent sect. According to him, “We are talking about 200 Chibok schoolgirls, but there are over 300 other girls that have
been kidnapped. There are many young men that they also kidnapped and turned against their families. They asked them to
go and slaughter their family members and they are doing it. Nobody is talking about those ones. They are the new child
soldiers.”
Though his major concern has been the need to release the young girls from captivity, his comment on the supposed
sponsors of the sect has taken a central position. In his interviews, The Reverend Davis claimed that some of the sect’s
commanders named former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and General Azubuike Ihejirika, a former Chief of Army Staff, as some
of the sponsors of the sect. He also listed an unnamed official of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as an agent through
which funds are mobilized for the sect.
Both ex-Governor Sheriff and General Azubuike have dismissed the allegations. It is not clear how the retired General was
implicated in the sponsorship of the sect, but elements in Maiduguri told our reporter that the disbandment of the Joint
Task Force (JTF) led to the escalation of the insurgency.
“Many of us think Ihejirika deliberately disbanded the JTF,” our reporter was told. “What it meant was that only the army
would be in charge of the operation, and that’s not possible. When the JTF was in force, all the services, the SSS, Police,
Navy, Air Force, Customs, Immigration, etc, were involved in intelligence gathering, which helped in the operations. But
now, the army is alone, and that is why the sect has an upper hand.”
It is difficult to understand why government has disowned The Reverend Davis, saying it has nothing to do with him, but
Sunday Trust learnt that a section in government believed that the Australian was not dealing with the mainstream
elements in the sect.
“Davis’ contact with the sect is through a woman who truly has a measure of contact with Boko Haram,” another person
who claims to understand the working of the sect argued. “However, I don’t believe the woman knows anybody in the
Shura Council who take decisions. There are all sorts of splinter units, all of them in Boko Haram, but to reach the core of
the group is no tea party. I don’t think the Australian did. Those in the fringes may have their own measure of influence, but
the hardliners hold the ace. Perhaps, government discovered this and decided to do away with him and his roles.”
AN INDEPENDENT BODY SHOULD PROBE DAVIS ALLEGATION:
A former Commissioner of Police and social critic, Abubakar Tsav has said the federal government should constitute an
independent body to look into the allegations by the Australian negotiator, Stephen Davies.
Describing the allegations as weighty, Tsav said it was rather curious that the federal government that was said to have
engaged Mr. Davies is now denying ever engaging the Australian hostage negotiator.
“How can a foreigner come into the country and travel to such places without the knowledge of the authorities that be? The
denial by the federal government over Mr. Davies engagement follows that same pattern of denial over the Chibok girls
abduction, where the security agencies came out to say they had rescued the girls only to recant later. So they are always
giving false information over security matters.
“It is therefore only through an independent body of investigation that the allegations made by Mr. Davies, that a former
Borno governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, and former army chief, General Ihejirika, are sponsors of Boko Haram should be properly
inverstigated,” Tsav said.
Commenting on Ihejirika’s exoneration by the DSS, Tsav said: “It is possible that Ihejirika could sponsor Boko Haram in
order to avenge what the northern troops did to his people during the Civil War.  For instance, it is rather curious that up till
now the circumstances that led to the death of the late General Shuwa are still unknown.”
Also, speaking to Sunday Trust at the weekend, the former military administrator, Colonel Isa Kontagora reasoned that
former governor Modu Sheriff might have been linked with Boko Haram because one of his cabinet members that was
arrested and killed in a very suspicious manner with the sect leader, Muhammad Yusuf during the insurgency crisis in
Maiduguri when he was serving as governor of Borno State, was a member  of the sect. “If this and many other things are
why they think he has any explanation to make concerning the insurgency issue, I think he should be thoroughly
investigated.”
Col Kontagora (retired) added that it was wrong for the DSS to exonerate former Chief of Army Staff Azubuike Iherijika
without investigating the allegations leveled against him on the insurgency issue. “If anyone is mentioned, I think what is
proper is for the authorities to investigate him on all the allegations. Nigerians need to know if he is a culprit or not. They
need to know the financiers or backers of the sect so that government can approach it in a way that will help to restore
sanity to the community.”
Kontagora  insisted that the claims made by Stephen Davis should not be swept under the carpet.
“Government should investigate it thoroughly to get to the root of the matter and put an end to the mess. Anyone found
wanting, either in financing the terrorist group or otherwise, should be prosecuted.”
WHAT FUTURE FOR PEACE IN THE NORTH-EAST?
The lady who claimed to have worked closely with Davis and had met some of the sect members told our reporter that
government’s emphasis on the use of force made those who initially planned to renounce violence to have a rethink.
“Government is not ready for peace talks, hence many of them who initially wanted to drop arms have joined the violent
wing. It seems they are determined to fight to death or success, and that is very bad for our country. All over the world,
insurgency is defeated through dialogue, but we have taken the other course, which is tough and rough. It’s only God that
can save us. I feel strongly that Jonathan wants peace, but the issue is apparently beyond him. You have all sorts of
government officials and godfathers who benefit from the violence. They are in control, so they don’t want the violence to
end.”
The Reverend Davis, in his interview with The Cable made a similar statement, saying government can’t overcome the
crisis without entering into a peace deal: “A peace deal backed by a strong military is the way out. But the government
must first bring the sponsors of insurgency to book. Government must arrest and interrogate the politicians funding the
insurgency. Government must cut off the supply of funds to the militants.
“There is a ritualist group in Boko Haram that delights in slaughtering people. This group is being heavily supported by
someone based in Cairo, Egypt with funds supplied by Nigerian politicians and power brokers. If funding is cut to this guy,
there are many commanders in the Boko Haram camp who are ready to dialogue, release the captive girls and end the
insurgency.” 

Source: Daily Trust

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Seun Kuti described Buhari An Evil and a wicked man

He shared the pic above and said some things about Gen.
Buhari

Source: Nairaland

Boko Haram: Jonathan declares full-scale war ,deploys warplanes

By Kingsley Omonobi (With agency reports)
Nigerian warplanes are carrying out air strikes against Boko
Haram militant bases at Bama, Borno State, a senior official
said yesterday, in a government counter-attack against Boko Haram’s drive to create an Islamist enclave.
The official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters
Nigeria’s military was battling Boko Haram fighters at Bama,
70 km (45 miles) southeast of the Borno state capital
Maiduguri.
Air strikes have been carried out “on all the Boko Haram
bases”, the official said, adding this reflected President
Goodluck Jonathan’s order for a “fully-fledged war” against
the group which has waged a bloody insurgency since 2009.
“Bama today is the centre of the military battle with the
terrorists … Boko Haram is being repelled by the Nigerian
troops as we are talking now,” the government official said,
without giving details of the operations or casualties.
The battle over Bama, and Boko Haram’s storming of towns
and villages to the north, east and south of Maiduguri in
recent weeks, has raised fears of an attack on the Borno state
capital, prompting hundreds of civilians to flee.
“Even today, we can see so many people leaving … the buses
are going out plenty now,” Musa Sumail, a human rights
activist in Maiduguri who reports on the violence in the
northeast, told Reuters. He said he had seen at least one or
two Nigerian government fighter jets in the skies above
Maiduguri.
We ‘ll do everything to defend our territorial integrity –
Defence Hqtr
Indeed, the Defence Headquarters said the armed forces will
do everything to defend the nation’s sovereignty.
In a statement by Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of
Defence Information said,  the armed forces said: “DHQ
wishes to reiterate the pledge and commitment it made while
briefing the Joint Committee on Defence of the National
Assembly to the effect that everything will be done to reverse
the situation and defeat the rampaging terrorists.
“While welcoming all the concerns shown by Nigerians and a
section of the international community following the
increased menace and activities of terrorists, it is necessary
to reassure all that the Nigerian Armed Forces is more than
ever determined and committed to the defence of the
sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, regardless of
any odd.
“It is not only the pride and reputation of the military that is at
stake but that of the entire nation. We therefore urge our
citizens not to lose hope or be disenchanted but to remain
steadfast and supportive of the military as all steps are being
taken to ensure the success of the counter-insurgency
operations, especially at this crucial time when our
sovereignty is being challenged.
“With this in mind, it is important to reiterate that the Nigerian
military is fully conscious of its obligations to the Nigerian
state and remains willing and ready to perform its duties with
utmost diligence. Therefore, what the military requires at this
critical period in the nation’s history is not pillories but
continued support from all stakeholders and comity of
nations.
“Indeed, this is not the time to despair or shift blames.
Rather it calls for concerted effort by all and sundry to stop
the agents of darkness who seek to destroy our country and
civilization. On its part, the Nigerian military as a fighting
force, assures Nigerians once again that this battle will be
won.”
Military ‘ve killed 1,200 insurgents –AVM Marizu
Sharing this view, former Air Officer Commanding Logistics
Command of the Nigerian Airforce, Air Vice Marshall Chris
Marizu (rtd), yesterday, cautioned politicians against
utterances that were capable of pitching the armed forces
against the citizens they were supposed to protect noting that
the military forces have killed 1200 Boko Haram insurgents in
the battle for Bama, Borno State.
He spoke in the light of the current challenges in the counter-
terrorism efforts in the North east which has understandably
elicited a sense of apprehension among citizens and even
foreign allies, as
He made the disclosure just as the President of Course 18
participants of the Nigeria Defence Academy, Air Commodore
Olufemi Agbetuyi warned that it was high time the nation
stopped mixing politics with security issues.
Speaking at the 18th regular course re-union in Abuja
yesterday, AVM Marizu said, “People should know that some
persons who have done so much for this country and the
military institution cannot just be rubbished on the altar of
politics.
“Some unscrupulous citizens of this country are using the
advantages that they enjoy under democracy to malign the
military with innuendos and statements without facts. All the
things that Mr. Davies said for instance, there was nothing in
it and no facts to buttress anything. The angle of aircraft for
instance, was Ihejirika the Chief of Air Staff?
“It shows there are undemocratic elements working in tandem
with outsiders trying to destroy this country. For instance, the
last few days, the media has been awash with reports that
Boko Haram has over-run Bama and taken over the city
whereas, the reverse is the case. We have troops there and
we are in touch on a daily basis” “The truth is that as at
Tuesday, our soldiers had killed over 700 Boko Haram
insurgents during the battle. The following day, another 500
terrorists were killed.
What is happening is not what is being reported in the
newspapers and sometimes I wonder if the media are
Nigerian media or what they seek to gain by running our
soldiers down” In his contribution, Air Commodore Agbetuyi
cautioned politicians in the country against trying to bring the
name of the military into disrepute warning that doing so will
amount bringing down the military. On allegation against
General Azubuike Ihejirika, he said, “Some political elites do
not understand what the man went through as COAS, the
sleepless nights, the sacrifices General Ihejirika made for the
country.
I recall how he was tackling the security challenge in the
country and some Nigerians who do not understand or
pretending not to, or some enemies of Nigeria said the army
was killing people indiscriminately. The same people today
are saying he sponsors Boko Haram. Does it make sense?”

Source: Vanguard

5 reasons to suspect that Jesus never existed

A growing number of scholars are openly
questioning or actively arguing against
Jesus’ historicity
Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament
gospels are “mythologized history.” In other words, they
think that around the start of the first century a
controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef
gathered a following and his life and teachings provided
the seed that grew into Christianity.
At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many
Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection,
and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic
themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much
the way that screenwriters base new movies on old
familiar tropes or plot elements. In this view, a “historical
Jesus” became mythologized.
For over 200 years, a wide ranging array of theologians
and historians—most of them Christian—analyzed ancient
texts, both those that made it into the Bible and those that
didn’t, in attempts to excavate the man behind the myth.
Several current or recent bestsellers take this approach,
distilling the scholarship for a popular audience. Familiar
titles include Zealot by Reza Aslan and How Jesus
Became God by Bart Ehrman.
But other scholars believe that the gospel stories are
actually “historicized mythology.” In this view, those
ancient mythic templates are themselves the kernel. They
got filled in with names, places and other real world
details as early sects of Jesus worship attempted to
understand and defend the devotional traditions they had
received.
The notion that Jesus never existed is a minority
position. Of course it is! says David Fitzgerald, author
of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never
Existed at All. For centuries all serious scholars of
Christianity were Christians themselves, and modern
secular scholars lean heavily on the groundwork that they
laid in collecting, preserving, and analyzing ancient texts.
Even today most secular scholars come out of a religious
background, and many operate by default under historical
presumptions of their former faith.
Fitzgerald is an atheist speaker and writer, popular with
secular students and community groups. The internet
phenom, Zeitgeist the Movie introduced millions to some
of the mythic roots of Christianity. But Zeitgeist and
similar works contain known errors and
oversimplifications that undermine their credibility.
Fitzgerald seeks to correct that by giving young people
interesting, accessible information that is grounded in
accountable scholarship.
More academic arguments in support of the Jesus Myth
theory can be found in the writings of Richard Carrier and
Robert Price. Carrier, who has a Ph.D. in ancient
history uses the tools of his trade to show, among other
things, how Christianity might have gotten off the ground
without a miracle. Price, by contrast, writes from the
perspective of a theologian whose biblical scholarship
ultimately formed the basis for his skepticism. It is
interesting to note that some of the harshest debunkers of
fringe Jesus myth theories like those from Zeitgeist or
Joseph Atwill (who tries to argue that the Romans
invented Jesus) are from serious Mythicists like
Fitzgerald, Carrier and Price.
The arguments on both sides of this question—
mythologized history or historicized mythology—fill
volumes, and if anything the debate seems to be heating
up rather than resolving. A growing number of scholars
are openly questioning or actively arguing against Jesus’
historicity. Since many people, both Christian and not,
find it surprising that this debate even exists—that
credible scholars might think Jesus never existed—here
are some of the key points that keep the doubts alive:
1. No first century secular evidence whatsoever exists to
support the actuality of Yeshua ben Yosef . In the words
of Bart Ehrman: “What sorts of things do pagan authors
from the time of Jesus have to say about him? Nothing.
As odd as it may seem, there is no mention of Jesus at all
by any of his pagan contemporaries. There are no birth
records, no trial transcripts, no death certificates; there
are no expressions of interest, no heated slanders, no
passing references – nothing. In fact, if we broaden our
field of concern to the years after his death – even if we
include the entire first century of the Common Era – there
is not so much as a solitary reference to Jesus in any
non-Christian, non-Jewish source of any kind. I should
stress that we do have a large number of documents from
the time – the writings of poets, philosophers, historians,
scientists, and government officials, for example, not to
mention the large collection of surviving inscriptions on
stone and private letters and legal documents on
papyrus. In none of this vast array of surviving writings is
Jesus’ name ever so much as mentioned.” (pp. 56-57)
2. The earliest New Testament writers seem ignorant of
the details of Jesus’ life, which become more crystalized
in later texts. Paul seems unaware of any virgin birth, for
example. No wise men, no star in the east, no miracles.
Historians have long puzzled over the “Silence of Paul”
on the most basic biographical facts and teachings of
Jesus. Paul fails to cite Jesus’ authority precisely when it
would make his case. What’s more, he never calls the
twelve apostles Jesus’ disciples; in fact, he never says
Jesus HAD disciples –or a ministry, or did miracles, or
gave teachings. He virtually refuses to disclose any other
biographical detail, and the few cryptic hints he offers
aren’t just vague, but contradict the gospels. The leaders
of the early Christian movement in Jerusalem like Peter
and James are supposedly Jesus’ own followers and
family; but Paul dismisses them as nobodies and
repeatedly opposes them for not being true Christians!
Liberal theologian Marcus Borg suggests that people read
the books of the New Testament in chronological order to
see how early Christianity unfolded. “Placing the Gospels
after Paul makes it clear that as written documents they
are not the source of early Christianity but its product.
The Gospel — the good news — of and about Jesus
existed before the Gospels. They are the products of early
Christian communities several decades after Jesus’
historical life and tell us how those communities saw his
significance in their historical context.”
3. Even the New Testament stories don’t claim to be
first-hand accounts. We now know that the four gospels
were assigned the names of the apostles Matthew, Mark,
Luke, and John, not written by them. To make matter
sketchier, the name designations happened sometime in
second century, around 100 years or more after
Christianity supposedly began. For a variety of reasons,
the practice of pseudonymous writing was common at the
time and many contemporary documents are “signed” by
famous figures. The same is true of the New Testament
epistles except for a handful of letters from Paul (6 out of
13) which are broadly thought to be genuine. But even
the gospel stories don’t actually say, “I was there.”
Rather, they claim the existence of other witnesses, a
phenomenon familiar to anyone who has heard the
phrase, my aunt knew someone who . . . .
4. The gospels, our only accounts of a historical Jesus,
contradict each other. If you think you know the Jesus
story pretty well, I suggest that you pause at this point to
test yourself with the 20 question quiz at ExChristian.net.
The gospel of Mark is thought to be the earliest existing
“life of Jesus,” and linguistic analysis suggests that Luke
and Matthew both simply reworked Mark and added their
own corrections and new material. But they contradict
each other and, to an even greater degree contradict the
much later gospel of John, because they were written with
different objectives for different audiences.
The incompatible Easter stories offer one example of how
much the stories disagree.

Source: jewsnews.co.il

INTERVIEW: Obasanjo Offered to Support Buhari If He Dropped Me As Running Mate – Tunde Bakare

In this interview with ADEOLA BALOGUN, NONYE BEN-
NWANKWO and ERIC DUMO, Pastor Tunde Bakare of the
Latter Rain Assembly speaks on a wide range of issues
including his experience as a running mate to Gen.
Muhammadu Buhari at the 2011 general elections
We heard you praising God for the Osun State governorship
election despite the militarisation; don’t you think that the
militarisation was responsible for the peaceful election?
I think I chose my words, I didn’t use militarisation; I used
the word “federal presence.” I said in spite of the
intimidating federal presence, things still went on
peacefully. I have heard the word militarisation used, I do
not necessarily subscribe to it. The reason being that the
police are called peace officers and they were there to keep
the peace. The military has been used lately in several
elections because of the major environment, the violence
going on and all kinds of electoral malpractices. In other
places, elections are like picnic with citizens having the
opportunity to exercise their rights. But when you are
beginning to hear statements like “blood will flow,” “it is
going to be fire for fire” and “you will be roasted,” you get
scared. You begin to wonder if it is a matter of life and
death. But that the Osun State election went peacefully, we
thank God.
I also said that a time will come when we’ll stop suspecting
ourselves. There are so many things that we cook up when
things don’t go our way. We must become mature enough to
accept defeat and concede to the winner like Governor
Kayode Fayemi did in Ekiti without blood flowing or heads
rolling.
Talking about general elections, you were once quoted as
saying there might not be elections in 2015, but with what
you are seeing now are you still holding on to that
statement?
A number of things have taken place since I spoke. I
remember it was 2012 that I started saying: take care of
2014 if you want 2015. There are two reasons why I have
been saying that we should take care of 2014 and one of
them is the conference. The national conference has brought
us together to iron out some of our differences. I am not
saying the conference is a magic wand that would bring all
the solutions to our problems but definitely if there is
courage to implement some of the things that we have
resolved and are part of that report on the side of the
executive and legislature; Nigeria would not be where it
used to be. We are not where we ought to be, but we are not
where we used to be. We have moved on.
Besides that, part of what makes 2015 a necessity is the
2016 census. Those are two extremely dangerous years.
The year you are having general elections followed by
census; those things are scary. So, if the foundation is not
properly laid in 2014, we are playing with disaster.
Some people saw your participation at the national
conference as a signal that you were coming into politics
again, is this true?
Maybe you need to dig deeper and find out why I
participated. Number one, I didn’t select myself; I didn’t
force myself on the government. I represented the South-
West geo-political zone. When the elders met, they put my
name down. I pleaded with them that I would not even have
the time. But they insisted that they wanted me there and
you don’t reject your elders if they feel you have something
to contribute or they consider that you are relevant.
Two, while I was still battling with who will represent me at
the conference, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle
Amosun, also put forward my name. At that point I decided
to give it a chance. But I gave a condition and that condition
was that I would not take a penny from the conference; I
would not be given any allowance and I wrote a letter to that
effect and they replied me. I did this so that if anything went
wrong, I would retain my freedom to express myself freely.
That does not mean others who took the allowance are bad
people. No! We see things from different perspectives.
Staying in Abuja is very expensive. I won’t tell you how
much I spent but I travelled on each occasion with my
research team and about three to four staff and we stayed in
a suite which is quite expensive.
Have you joined politics again?
I have never joined politics. I am a nation builder, I am not a
politician. I sleep well, I wake up well. I have no ambition;
there is no desire to be anything in politics. All I want to see
is a nation that works. If you ask me today if I am seeking
any elective office, my answer will be no. I was asked to be
a running mate to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, I was not
looking forward to it at all. But if I am beckoned upon to do
something, I will pray about it and if I see that it does not
negate what I stand for and believe in, why not? The truth is
that if good people don’t participate in politics, then we will
continue to endure the rule of idiots.
When you were asked to be a running mate, did you ask God
about it or did He tell you to go ahead?
Several times Paul would say in the Bible that “this is I
speaking but not the spirit of God even though I have the
spirit of God in me.” With every sense of modesty, a man
like me would not jump without looking. If you don’t look
and you leap, you can leap into disaster that would backfire
on you and everything you stand for in the society. When my
book is out, it would be clear to all the process it took for
me to be a running mate.
I sat in my house, leading a group called Arrow Heads which
is already public knowledge after Mallam Nasir El-Rufai
wrote about it in his book, ‘Accidental Public Servant.’ We
gathered a group of Nigerians we felt could make a change
in our clime. People like Oby Ezekwesili, Ngozi Okonjo-
Iweala, Donald Duke, Nasir El-Rufai, Nuhu Ribadu, Fola
Adeola, Jimi Lawal, Yinka Odumakin, Jimi Agbaje, Wale
Osun and a few others. We said to ourselves that we should
form the Arrow Heads to produce a change. And when I was
given the privilege of being the chairperson of that group, I
told them I would only accept on two conditions. Number
one, that I would not join any political party and number
two, I would not seek any elective office so that if there is a
dispute, I can effectively resolve it. Those around me know
that I have no desire for a political office but those who
don’t know me think I am an opportunist. Gen. Buhari called
me on January 15 of that year and said, that he had done his
own little prayers and he wanted to ask me to be his running
mate. I told him I couldn’t because I lead a group and I had
given them my word and that my word is my bond. I also
told him that I had no desire for a political office; all I
wanted to see was a change and be among those who work
behind the scene. So, Gen. Buhari asked me to pray about it
that he would get back to me. Within six or seven hours, he
called back and I told him that I had not consulted my
people. The first person I called among others was my wife
and daughter and then spoke to Pastor Adeboye twice on it.
Really?
Yes…you see people don’t know things that happen behind
the scene. I spoke to him twice and he said look, don’t be
afraid, step in there, whether you win or lose, God is taking
you somewhere. I didn’t jump because of that. I spoke to my
mother and she said she had a dream about it six months
before; I still didn’t jump. I thought it would be unfair not to
tell Bola Tinubu because I had been brokering some things
between the then Action Congress and the Congress for
Progressive Change before the AC became ACN. So, I called
Tinubu in the presence of Jimi Agbaje and Yinka Odumakin.
I said to him that Gen. Buhari had called to offer this, give
me a Christian from your group so that I can present to him.
I invited the former governor of Ekiti State, Niyi Adebayo to
my house and told him that he would be a better person to
handle this. Both of us were in the Faculty of Law, University
of Lagos at the same time. So, I looked for every way not to
take Buhari’s offer and I didn’t fill the form. I took my team
and went to the General and asked him why he wanted me to
be his running mate. He said three things, “your passion for
Nigeria. You have been a Muslim before, you are a Christian
now. You have lived in the North, you were born in the
South, you understand the geography and I think you can be
a positive influence to pull the nation together. Number two,
your integrity, number three, supposing I die in office like
Yar’Adua, I want someone who would not sell out, who
would still continue my vision for this country.” Still, I didn’t
fill the form.
I went to El-Rufai’s house, we sat down there and he
encouraged me to take it and I said I was not taking it. I told
him I needed to clear a particular thing in my heart.
Everyone who had been assistant to Gen. Buhari died before
him. Tunde Idiagbon is gone, Okadigbo is gone, Ume-
Ezeoke is gone, why do I want to go and put my head in a
death sentence. I need to know what is responsible for that,
so I can’t just jump, I will need to pray through. I told Gen.
Buhari the same thing I am saying now.
The day before the final submission of names, former
President Olusegun Obasanjo told El-Rufai that he was
ready to support Buhari if he could drop me and replace me
with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as his running mate. El-Rufai ran
to me, that this was what Obasanjo said. The three of us
were in the same hotel but in different suites. We went
straight to Gen. Buhari and I said to him that breakthrough
had come. I told him I had not filled the form and that there
were five reasons why he must take Okonjo-Iweala. Number
one, she is Delta-Igbo, you would have solved the problem
of South-East/South-South. Number two, she’s a woman,
you have settled the gender issue. Number three, Christian,
balanced ticket. Number four, a former minister of finance
and former minister of external affairs, experience which I
don’t have. Number five, World Bank top executive,
international exposure. Even though I have travelled round
the world, I have not worked in any organisation, she is a
better candidate. This is the form, I have not filled it.
General Buhari looked at me and said did Obasanjo speak to
you and I said no that he spoke to El-Rufai and I believe
him. And he asked El-Rufai to repeat everything Obasanjo
said to him and he did. He said to El-Rufai that well, you
have worked with him and I have worked with him too, he
would have something up his sleeves which we don’t know.
Buhari turned to me and said, Pastor Bakare, I have waited
long enough and today is the last day, if you are not going to
fill the form, give it to me, I will look for someone until we
can get a person like you. At that point, I became
overwhelmed and I signed the form and El-Rufai seconded.
That was the process; it was not an overnight thing.
Do you have any regrets accepting that offer?
Not at all. If I have the chance, I will do it again. Buhari is
an incorruptible leader. He is a man whose word is his
bond. He is a reliable person and he loves this country. I
don’t flatter people and you know I fought almost all military
impostors in this country; there was a time I couldn’t stand
any of them. But getting close to him, I realised he loves
Christians as much as he loves Muslims.
For those who said why Buhari? I remember Adunni
Abimbola Adelakun, she wrote why can’t Bakare run as
President? Why do you have to be a running mate? I just
laughed when I read that. Don’t forget that Joseph served
Pharaoh, Daniel served Nebuchadnezzar, and we are the
salt of the earth and the light of the world, so you can
maintain contact without contamination. Anything that
would contribute to the wellbeing of the people of this
country, as much as God gives me the grace, I would do it.
You just spoke glowingly about Buhari, is that why you said
if that suicide attempt on his life had succeeded it would
have caused commotion in the country?
Whichever way you look at it; Gen. Buhari has succeeded in
stepping into the shoes of the likes of the founding fathers of
this nation. It is like killing Awo in the West in those days.
They jailed him but they dare not kill him. Look at the
repercussions of what happened when Saudana was killed.
It is like shooting Azikiwe. A time comes when people have
such a large followership that you have to be careful about
them. Gen. Buhari registered a party and went to contest for
election after three months and had 12 million votes. I have
seen the people following him running towards a moving
plane. He is not loved because he has money to pay them,
he doesn’t give a dime to anybody. Buhari does not have
such money, he does not have a petrol station, and he has
no oil well even after being a petroleum minister and former
head of state. There was a time he took his children to
public schools. Obasanjo investigated him with Haruna
Adamu, and didn’t find anything against him.
Why didn’t you move with him Buhari to the All
Progressives Congress?
A strategic man takes his time. I moved the motion for the
merger of the parties publicly at Eagles Square. I worked
tirelessly for that merger to materialise. But when you
perceive that your presence, whether you speak or stay
quiet, affects some of the people who think you are
ambitious, you leave the stage for them. If you ask me if I
am in APC, Buhari knows I am in Daura APC, not Ogun
State, Oyo or Lagos State so that those functioning can be
free to function without fearing that this man might have an
ambition and might still want to be a running mate. I have
had my fair share.
In 2012 you were quoted as saying that Jonathan was on a
mission to ruin Nigeria, two years later do you still feel the
same way?
You do not separate a statement and body of facts that led
to that statement. President Jonathan himself is a victim of
circumstances. Who groomed him for what he is doing? I
think he has had to learn on the job. Whether he is learning
fast or is taking his time, is for others to comment. I
marched on the streets of Abuja, Lagos, led Save Nigeria
Group in different campaigns for him to become Acting
President and he subsequently became the President of
Nigeria. He is alive, if I have taken a dime from him for
anything, he can say. Not that they would not want to be a
blessing to me but I don’t take. My hands have provided
enough for me. I am contented. I have had the privilege of
sitting with the President this year about five times and it is
always about how to move the nation forward. I remember
when the President wanted to see me; I called Gen. Buhari
immediately to inform him about the invitation because I
don’t double-deal. I am a loyal person and I made the
President know that I informed Gen. Buhari before coming
for that particular meeting. The things he said to me are not
for now; they would come out at the appropriate time. I
think Jonathan is honestly doing his best but history would
judge whether his best is good enough. The Nigerian issue
is complex. It requires a level of capability and dynamism
and that is not common among the current politicians.
You have always been critical of America’s involvement in
the politics of other nations especially Nigeria, do you also
think that the monstrous painting of Ebola is also part of
the conspiracy to further distabilise Nigeria?
I don’t think so, Ebola is here and you don’t run away from
it. The man who smuggled himself into the plane and came
to Nigeria probably didn’t know the magnitude of the
problem he was about to cause.
When America got here over Boko Haram, what I saw on the
television is what the Americans call show. You don’t
ridicule another nation to look good as if you have your acts
together. Right on your own soil, in New York, right on your
faces with all your technology and the power you claim to
have as the police of the world, terrorists humiliated you.
The whole nations of the earth rose up to support you and
now we are battling with something here and you are
making our leaders look useless, and redundant.
Don’t you believe in church planting?
Any church that does not believe in church planting is like a
woman praying to be barren. I have done church planting
the way others have done before. We had about seven other
satellite churches that we planted and at a time I said no,
this is not the pattern I have seen in the Bible and so we
started to follow the pattern which is to train men, raise
them, so that when they are strong and receive the call,
commission them, support them to plant a church. By so
doing, we planted several churches without necessarily
calling them Latter Rain Assembly.
You once described Nigerian churches as being a theatre
where one man performs and the others are just mere
spectators, does this not also apply to you?
It doesn’t. If you were here this morning (Sunday, August 10,
2014), I did the least speech. If you quoted me correctly, I
said the difference between the cinema and the church in
Nigeria is that for the cinema you pay a gate fee before you
enter but in the church, they let you come in before they take
from you. When the youth pastor was ministering today, I
said wow, if I am out of here today, these people can
continue.
You are not too prominent in Pentecostal Fellowship of
Nigeria and Christian Association of Nigeria, is it by choice
or by design?
So, one or two of our pastors attend to matters of PFN, but I
don’t go there.
What’s stopping a big church as yours from establishing its
own university like others have done?
I am not called to do that. I do not judge those who are
doing it because they are contributing their quota to the
system and they are helping the society in the area of
infrastructure.
But I would have a question mark on the whole thing if part
of what is going in there are the offerings of the people and
their pastors’ children and members’ children cannot attend
that university. Almost all the top universities in the world
started from Christian organisations. My daughter
graduated from Emory University in Georgia, United States,
which is owned by the Methodist Church. Oxford and
Cambridge were established by churches. If their real
intention was mission and to educate a crop of leaders that
would share the light. I commend their efforts. But if it is a
money-making and profit-driven, then I don’t know what to
say.
Every year we have big churches stage conventions, but we
don’t see Latter Rain doing the same, is it that you don’t
believe in such gatherings where lives are usually saved in
multitudes or what?
It is not wrong to have an annual convention, it is not wrong
to have Shiloh or Holy Ghost Congress. I have been invited
to the congress about three times but I just didn’t have the
time to go. Up till the seventh year of the Latter Rain
Assembly, we had what we called Annual Believers’
Convention but I stopped it after then. Look at the
population of people in church today and we have negligible
righteousness. So, something is wrong. I am not
condemning what people are doing. If they are called to do
what they are doing, God would reward them. But if it is just
a clever ploy to continue to control and manage people, one
day they would say “to your tent oh Israel.”
What is your take on anointing oil?
People like to create their own Tunde Bakare. I love God, I
love people, I love the godly and the ungodly and I try within
my God-given ability to teach the truth. The reason I fought
with my friend, Bishop David Oyedepo, and tore his book, I
remember when we resolved this problem in London, we
came out of a plane, he took me aside and said he was
angry with me because I tore his book. I said I didn’t tear
your book, I tore my book. That is fine, you wrote it, I bought
it, so it was my book I tore. I saw errors in that book
because he said the anointing oil is not a symbol of the Holy
Spirit that it is the life of God in a bottle. How can you write
that and I would let it pass. No! If the anointing oil is the
Holy Spirit, then Jesus is a lamb walking on four legs. These
are metaphors and when you have the real, you leave the
shadow. Besides it is for the sick in the New Testament. So,
you can anoint the entire church if they are sick and I would
wonder how a sick church can bring healing to a dying
world.
Source: The Punch

Boko Haram, Ihejirika and the Cycle of Death, By Perefrino Brimah

People are confused. They ask how army chiefs can waste
their men in the cycle of death. Why will a Christian army
chief support a “Muslim” terror organization? Questions like
these.

I will try here to explain the cycle of death.
The world is filled with very horrible people. There are
people, westerners, easterners and between who run guns;
they supply arms to conflict zones around the world to make
a big buck. These wicked people are well aware of the
deaths these guns cause but go ahead because this makes
seriously big money. Developed nations are involved. The
“almighty” United States is known for serially blocking UN
resolutions to ban small arms supplies to conflict nations
especially in Africa. Statistics has it that 90% of genocides,
of terror deaths and regional violence are perpetrated not by
state munitions but by small arms, mostly illegally supplied
in the hands of militia and other criminals. Arms trade is the
biggest business in the world.
Money is a key motivator and Nigerians are no better people
than all the others in the world implicated in death delivering
gun-running. Hausa are no more virtuous than Igbo, nor
Yoruba than Tiv. We have corruption at all facets of the
Nigerian society, within the civil force and the armed forces.
Our soldiers burn buses and kill innocent children of our
religious leaders; they burn newspapers and commit all
other types of atrocities. These are the same soldiers that
become the nation’s army chiefs. They are no angels. When
the junior officers commit atrocities, we all know that they
are not court-martialed; this implicates the army chiefs in
all atrocities and evils committed by the junior officers. The
buck stops at their table. And it is corrupt and wicked junior
officers like this, under a corrupted system who someday
become our army chiefs.
What this tells us is that unfortunately, the Nigerian military
is as rotten today as all other facets of our society; top to
bottom and bottom to top.
Boko Haram is a business. Many view it as some sort of
evil emanation; however to those involved in the war
against Boko Haram; perhaps we need to adjust our lenses
and see what they may have gotten corrupted into. This
terror without head and cogent agenda, makes big money, is
a political franchise and is involved in all sorts of deals
including drug trade in partnership with MEND as CIA has
revealed.
Let’s imagine Shekau, who is heavily funded by some crazy
man in Egypt or Nigeria, needs an Armored Personnel
Carrier, APC. He send emissary to the Nigerian army chief
and asks to buy one. He offers to have $10 million cash
wired through his CBN connect direct into the army chief’s
Swiss account. Will the army chief refuse to sell, knowing
what our army has been recognized for these years? Do we
think these army chiefs are better than the Abachas and
Babangidas of our past? Tops, the army chief will warn him
not to perpetrate any of his terror atrocities in his village or
in the south of the nation.
We Nigerians sadly do not like ourselves; we are known to
orchestrate evil on the next village, talk less several villages
and states away. We have villages raiding and killing
neighboring villages in the north and south over petty
disputes, so why do we fool ourselves that the army chiefs
will not be interested in making big money to support
genocides somewhere up there in “that part of the country,”
“that Gwoza sef,” as President Jonathan refers to it/the
north? And after the tanks and APC’s are sold and
systematically transferred to the hands of the terrorists, will
their business partner army chiefs be eager to bomb the
goods they just sold to their business partners? Of course
not. We now begin to understand the survival of Boko
Haram and its impunity from harm of the nation’s superior
powered army with fighter jets and military copters. Deputy
defense minister Musliu Obanikoro said Nigeria can
eliminate Boko Haram in 24 hours if they wanted to. He did
not lie.
Now, this explanation of how and why our army chiefs get
into business-sponsorship of Boko Haram is just an intro.
We also realize the army chiefs could have the type of
animosity some of the lower of us have for each other and
based on this, can even supply these armored vehicles and
tanks to the terrorists to perpetrate their genocide for free.
The world is a very wicked place and wickedness is not
limited by tribe, race or religion.
In the cycle of death, we must not be fooled that the army
cares about its own men dying. We see no brothers of the
army chiefs dying. Money is the root of all evil and for the
right amount of money; these men do not care if officers
die. Really, they do not.
The final step in the cycle of death is the death to the
northern resident. If these army chiefs are actually radical
fanatics, they will be happy with the death of northern
residents. We are assuming they hate the north and believe
all people who are like them should have left the north or
will be frightened enough to evacuate the north when they
are done with them.
When we give excuse to the army chiefs that do they not kill
Boko Haram members in large numbers and that this proves
they are actually fighting the terrorists; do we consider that
to them, as with the president, “those people are those
people over there,” be they terrorists or villagers, there
really is no connection and no relationship? The army today
allows Boko Haram to abduct men and girls, the girls are
married and the men are forcefully conscripted into the
terrorist army at knife point. Our army chiefs know this and
do not prevent the Boko Haram overthrow of northern
farming villages and mass abductions. Now when the army
kills Boko Haram en mass, they know they are simply
exterminating the forcefully conscripted and unwilling
sacrificed youth warriors for Boko Haram that should have
been rescued had the army done its paid job. In the process,
Boko Haram helps gather together the hated youth resident
in the north and the army cuts them down, this cycle has
continued for the five years of the Jonathan administration,
leaving total numbers dead at well over a hundred thousand
and millions destroyed. We see Jonathan dancing as they
die in “that Gwoza sef.” It is genocide, a systematic one
involving cooperation between the army chiefs implicated
by Dr. Stephen Davis and the head of Boko Haram, a bloody
wealthy businessman who does their bidding.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do
Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter:
@EveryNigerian


Friday, September 5, 2014

“Ewedu” Can Prevent And Cure Ebola – Professor Adebukola Ositelu.

A consultant at the Lagos University Hospital (LUTH), Idi-
Araba, Professor Adebukola Ositelu, has said Ewedu which
is known in English as the Long-Fruited vegetable, is
capable of preventing and curing the Ebola Virus Disease
(EVD) by boosting the immune system.
Ositelu stated this at the annual African Traditional
Medicine Day organised by the National Agency for Food
and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on
Thursday, at Ikeja, Lagos.
According to her, the vegetable had a high potency to
boost the immune system such that it’s usage would
prevent an individual from being infected with Ebola, or get
rid of the virus in the case of an infected person.
She, however, noted that chances of being cured by an
intake of Ewedu when a victim has gotten to the stage of
vomiting was low, but could still be administered.
Ositelu, who is a professor of Ophthalmology at the
University of Lagos, Akoka (UNILAG), said to administer
the ‘treatment’, the Ewedu should be rinsed thoroughly
with liquid vinegar “blend and cook with drinkable water,
without adding salt or kaun (pottash) or any other
ingredients; then take a 25cl or half a tumbler measure
once a week, first thing in the morning before any meal”
for prevention, adding that those already infected should
take it every morning for seven to five days.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Obasanjo Feeding OGD? Interesting.....

What do you make of this pic.... Most especially with the lingering crisis rocking the Ogun state chapter of the PDP. 

“Rampaging” Terrorists: Military Vows ‘Everything’ To Defend Nigeria As Gulak Falls To Boko Haram

Major General Olukolade also urged
Nigerians not to lose hope or be
disenchanted, but to remain steadfast and
supportive of the military as it conducted its
counterinsurgency operations. As the
statement was being issued,
SaharaReporters learnt that the township of
Gulak in Adamawa State, close to Madagali,
has also fallen to Boko Haram insurgents.

Just days after Boko Haram took Bama, Borno
State’s second-largest city, Nigeria’s military forces
on Friday vowed to defeat the insurgency amidst
news that the town of Gulak, Adamawa State has
just been overran by Boko Haram militants.
In a statement signed by Major General Chris Olukolade, the
Director of Defense Information, he underlined a “sense of
apprehension” on account of what he called the current
challenges in the counter-terrorism efforts in the northeast
of the country.
Major General Chris Olukolade reiterated the pledge and
commitment previously made in a briefing to the Joint
Committee on Defense of the National Assembly that
everything would be done to reverse the situation and
defeat the “rampaging” terrorists.
“While welcoming all the concerns shown by Nigerians and
a section of the international community following the
increased menace and activities of terrorists, it is
necessary to reassure all that the Nigerian Armed Forces is
more than ever determined and committed to the defense of
the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria,
regardless of any odd”, Olukolade said.
Major General Olukolade also urged Nigerians not to lose
hope or be disenchanted, but to remain steadfast and
supportive of the military as it conducted its
counterinsurgency operations.
As the statement was being issued, SaharaReporters learnt
that the township of Gulak in Adamawa State, close to
Madagali, has also fallen to Boko Haram insurgents.
Sources claimed that Nigerian troops from Task Force
Mike, who were drawn from the Special Operation Battalion
and the 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos, fled the
area after the militants overran the town.
However, military sources said the soldiers, who number
about 300, withdrew to Mubi, Adamawa State.
Gulak, which fell to Boko Haram militants today, had been
previously chosen by Nigeria’s security forces as a staging
ground for retaking Madagali from the militants.

Courtesy: Sahara Reporters