Tag: boko haram

Is the End of Boko Haram in Sight?

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced Saturday that the last refuge of the African terrorist organization and Islamic State affiliate Boko Haram has fallen to Nigerian troops.

The remnants of the terrorist organization were surrounded over the weekend in their final refuge, “camp zero” in the Sambisa forest in northern Nigeria. President Buhari congratulated the troops on a “long awaited” victory and the “final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave.”

Although this news means that Boko Haram has lost out on the area of land they held, it is probably not necessarily the end of their dangerous ideology. Much like the Islamic State organization that Boko Haram leaders pledged allegiance to in 2015; taking their physical territory may just prove to make the group turn to more violent tactics of insurgency.

12 Stories you missed while following the ‘hack’ that never was

The country has its sights firmly placed on the spectacle occurring over the hack/leak of documents that may or may not have influenced the election. It’s irrelevant. The people of the United States cannot grant the Central Intelligence Agency (or any intelligence agency) the power to cast doubt on the results of elections via unconfirmed, unsourced, and politically biased findings. At the end of the day, the precedent set by allowing a secret agency to veto election results is the death of democracy.

So what did you miss while this was occupying the national narrative? Lots. Troops are deploying to Afghanistan, the Boko Haram is back in the headlines, a new pipeline fight, and much more.

Claims of Second Rescued Chibok Girl Refuted by Family

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram abducted 276 Schoolgirls. 57 of them escaped the kidnapping, leaving 219 girls still unaccounted for.

A glimmer of hope was shed upon the fate of these missing girls around 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday when within Boko Haram’s Sambisa Forest stronghold, a young girl was found nursing her 4-month-old baby. Amina Ali Nkeki was safely rescued despite being accompanied by a Boko Haram fighter, who now is in custody. She was the first to be rescued, and on Thursday she flew to Abuja to meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at his presidential palace.

Today there are reports from Nigerian Army Colonel, Sani Usman, that a second girl was rescued. In a statement from Usman he stated: “We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok Government Secondary School girls that were abducted on 14 April 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists. Her name is Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted school girls. She is believed to be the daughter of Pastor Luka.”