Nigerian First Lady, Aisha Buhari has received an award in Brussels, Belgium at the African women’s forum on “Women’s Role in global security.” Despite her husband President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent controversial statements that the First Lady belongs in “my kitchen” and “the other room” the First Lady has proven that she’s worth much more, and she has the resolve to fight for various noble causes that she’s passionate about.
Boko Haram has released 21 of the missing Chibok Girls and the girls are in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, Nigeria’s Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu confirmed. The release follows negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram. The release also offers hope that the remaining school girls could also soon be freed.
Nigeria’s government is walking the talk on fighting corruption after revelations that the country’s security agency, the DSS has seized $800,000 in cash in raids which targeted senior judges. The arrests and cash seizure has continued to divide opinion on social media.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who last month said the country is “prepared to talk to bonafide leaders of Boko Haram” and “sources” who know the whereabouts of the Chibok girls has reiterated that his government will accept United Nations (UN) bodies to act as intermediaries in any negotiation with Boko Haram. The strategy of negotiating with terrorists has been criticised before, but it seems dialogue with Boko Haram is now more of a necessity rather than an option.
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has said the country is “prepared to talk to bonafide leaders of Boko Haram” and “sources” who know the whereabouts of the Chibok girls. Buhari revealed the country is doing all it can to rescue the kidnapped Chibok girls and his administration “will never give up on the Chibok girls”.
Nigeria’s army has revealed that an air raid executed last Friday has killed several leaders of the Islamist group Boko Haram, and its leader Abubakar Shekau was seriously injured on his shoulders. The attack could be a significant loss for Boko Haram, which could weaken the group’s already fragmented power structure, and disrupt the organisation’s terror activities.
Nigeria has a long history of conflict between farming communities in the south and herdsmen from the north. The attack by herdsmen on 25 April 2016 of a farming community in Ukpabi-Nimbo in Enugu State triggered a backlash like no other. How the Nigerian government handles this perennial problem between herdsmen and farming communities across the south will determine if peace will reign in that fragile West African nation.
President Muhammadu Buhari is having a rough go of it for contradicting himself on a pledge not to allow government officials to seek medical treatment abroad. Buhari is currently on a 10-day holiday trip in London during which he will see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist for a persistent ear infection. The U-turn isn’t sitting well will many Nigerians.