Christianity in Nigeria http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29594/all en Nigerian government welcomes Islamist ceasefire offer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/nigerian-government-welcomes-islamist-ceasefire-offer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo said Saturday that his government is ready to consider a ceasefire offer by the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram.</p> <p>Sambo, speaking during a visit to the northeastern city of Maiduguri -- the Islamists' stronghold -- said "we welcome the ceasefire offer announced recently by the Boko Haram group and we will do everything as a government to see that we achieve a lasting peace in Nigeria."</p> <p>Since 2009, violence linked to Boko Haram's insurgency has claimed some 3,000 lives, including killings by the security forces.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/nigerian-government-welcomes-islamist-ceasefire-offer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Borno State Christianity in Nigeria Disaster Social Issues States of Nigeria AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 22:00:40 +0000 5744248 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria president on first visit to violence-wracked region http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/nigeria-president-first-visit-violence-wracked-region <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in the region at the heart of a deadly Islamist insurgency Thursday for his first visit to the restive northeastern area since winning 2011 elections.</p> <p>Jonathan landed in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and considered the home base of Islamist extremists Boko Haram, and travelled on by helicopter to neighbouring Yobe state, also hit by repeated attacks.</p> <p>Security was tight, with soldiers stationed along roads and movement restricted. He is due to return to Maiduguri later Thursday for a visit that will extend into Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/nigeria-president-first-visit-violence-wracked-region" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity in Nigeria States of Nigeria War Yobe State AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:01:22 +0000 5776093 at http://www.globalpost.com More aid needed to site of Nigeria bloodbath http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/more-aid-needed-site-nigeria-bloodbath-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The population in the Nigeria town of Baga, site of the deadliest-ever episode in an Islamist insurgency, is in "terrible shock," with a woefully inadequate rescue mission unable to care for the thousands of victims, the area senator told AFP Saturday after visiting the town. </p> <p>"I have driven all over that place and the devastation is enormous," said Senator Maina Lawan of the Borno North constituency in northeast Nigeria.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/more-aid-needed-site-nigeria-bloodbath-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boko Haram Borno State Christianity in Nigeria AFP Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:15:29 +0000 5826752 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria offensive on Islamists escalates in key city http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130519/nigeria-offensive-islamists-escalates-key-city <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A key city in northeast Nigeria was on lockdown Sunday as the military enforced a 24-hour curfew and blocked supply routes in its sweeping campaign against Islamist insurgents. </p> <p>The operation against Boko Haram, the group that wants an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, is aimed at retaking territory seized by the militants and ridding the country of "terrorist activities," the miltary has said. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130519/nigeria-offensive-islamists-escalates-key-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boko Haram Christianity in Nigeria Social Issues States of Nigeria War AFP Sun, 19 May 2013 17:45:33 +0000 5841449 at http://www.globalpost.com Boko Haram suspected in attack that kills 11 in Nigeria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130816/suspected-boko-haram-attack-north-nigeria-kills-11 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attack happened late Thursday in Borno, a Boko Haram stronghold where Nigeria has imposed a state of emergency to control insurgents. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Suspected Boko Haram Islamists stormed a town in northeast Nigeria, opened fire on police and civilians and killed 11 people, residents and a local lawmaker told AFP Friday.</p> <p>The attack happened late Thursday in the town of Damboa in Borno state, Boko Haram&#39;s stronghold and where Nigeria has imposed a state of emergency as it pursues an offensive against the insurgent group.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130816/suspected-boko-haram-attack-north-nigeria-kills-11" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity in Nigeria Disaster States of Nigeria War Yobe State Conflict Zones Nigeria AFP Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:00:00 +0000 5911675 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigerian troops kill 10 insurgents after air strike http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/nigerian-troops-kill-10-insurgents-after-air-strike <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nigerian troops launched an air strike and later killed 10 suspected members of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in a clash in the country's restive northeast, the military said Wednesday.</p> <p>The military said troops clashed with "fleeing Boko Haram terrorists" late Tuesday following the destruction of two alleged Boko Haram camps in the Konduga area of Borno state.</p> <p>Details were unclear on the air strike and other aspects of the raid. Nigeria's military has previously used air power since launching an offensive in May aiming to end Boko Haram's four-year insurgency.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/nigerian-troops-kill-10-insurgents-after-air-strike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boko Haram Christianity in Nigeria Yobe State AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:46:23 +0000 5931498 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria church attack kills pastor, two children http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/nigeria-church-attack-kills-pastor-two-children <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Suspected Boko Haram Islamists on Thursday opened fire in a church in Nigeria's restive northeast, killing the pastor and his two children before setting fire to the building and fleeing, the military said. </p> <p>Boko Haram, which has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, has repeatedly attacked churches in its four-year insurgency.</p> <p>"Unknown gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists attacked" the church in Yobe state early on Thursday, area military spokesman Eli Lazarus said in a statement. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/nigeria-church-attack-kills-pastor-two-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity in Nigeria States of Nigeria War Yobe State AFP Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:48:25 +0000 5945532 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria school attacks force thousands to quit studies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131003/nigeria-school-attacks-force-thousands-quit-studies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Schools attacks in northern Nigeria have grown more frequent and deadly this year, forcing thousands to abandon their education, with most of the violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists, Amnesty International said Friday. </p> <p>"This year alone, at least 70 teachers and scores of pupils have been slaughtered," the London-based watchdog said in a new report. </p> <p>"Thousands of children have been forced out of schools across communities in northern Nigeria and many teachers have been forced to flee for their safety," Amnesty's deputy Africa director Lucy Freeman said. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131003/nigeria-school-attacks-force-thousands-quit-studies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity in Nigeria Disaster Labor States of Nigeria Yobe State AFP Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:17:03 +0000 5951105 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria school attacks force thousands to quit studies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131003/nigeria-school-attacks-force-thousands-quit-studies-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Schools attacks in northern Nigeria have grown more frequent and deadly this year, forcing thousands to abandon their education, with most of the violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists, Amnesty International said Friday. </p> <p>"This year alone, at least 70 teachers and scores of pupils have been slaughtered," the London-based watchdog said in a new report. </p> <p>"Thousands of children have been forced out of schools across communities in northern Nigeria and many teachers have been forced to flee for their safety," Amnesty's deputy Africa director Lucy Freeman said. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131003/nigeria-school-attacks-force-thousands-quit-studies-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity in Nigeria Disaster Labor States of Nigeria Yobe State AFP Fri, 04 Oct 2013 02:40:08 +0000 5951376 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria says kills 74 Islamists in ground, air assault http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131025/nigeria-says-kills-74-islamists-ground-air-assault <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian troops killed 74 members of Boko Haram in an air and ground assault, the military said on Friday, a further sign of stepped up operations against the Islamist sect.</p> <p>The offensive on Thursday targeted Boko Haram camps in the remote villages of Galangi and Lawanti in northeast Borno state where the militants have their strongest presence.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131025/nigeria-says-kills-74-islamists-ground-air-assault" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity in Nigeria States of Nigeria War Yobe State Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:01:22 +0000 5970800 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria military says 29 Islamists killed in two battles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131116/nigeria-military-says-29-islamists-killed-two-battles <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian troops have killed 29 suspected Islamist militants in two days of fighting in the northeast, where President Goodluck Jonathan's forces are trying to stamp out Boko Haram's four-year-old insurgency, the military said on Saturday.</p> <p>A raid late on Friday targeted a Boko Haram base in the town of Bita in the Gwoza hills along the Cameroonian border, where the Islamists have set up camp after being pushed out of semi-desert areas further north.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131116/nigeria-military-says-29-islamists-killed-two-battles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity in Nigeria States of Nigeria War Yobe State Thomson Reuters Sat, 16 Nov 2013 21:32:48 +0000 5991245 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria military says bombed Boko Haram camps http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131128/nigeria-military-says-bombed-boko-haram-camps <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Air strikes on Boko Haram camps in northeast Nigeria have killed "many" insurgents, the military said Thursday of latest operation aimed at crushing the four-year Islamist uprising. </p> <p>The bombardment last Sunday targeted the notorious Sambisa Forest area of Borno state, which is considered an extremist fiefdom and has become a key focus of the military's ongoing offensive. </p> <p>News of the assault was slow to emerge as the mobile phone network in Borno remains switched off, part of the military strategy to hamper communication between the militants. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131128/nigeria-military-says-bombed-boko-haram-camps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Borno State Christianity in Nigeria States of Nigeria War AFP Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:46:51 +0000 6002910 at http://www.globalpost.com Islamists attack military bases in northeast Nigeria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131202/islamists-attack-military-bases-northeast-nigeria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian authorities imposed a 24-hour curfew in the main northeastern city of Maiduguri on Monday after Islamist militants attacked an air force base and army sites overnight, the military said.</p> <p>Baba Ahmed Jidda, a spokesman for the government of Borno State, of which Maiduguri is the capital, announced the curfew in a statement, but gave no details of the attacks and did not say if they had caused casualties.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131202/islamists-attack-military-bases-northeast-nigeria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Borno State Christianity in Nigeria States of Nigeria War Thomson Reuters Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:33:30 +0000 6006764 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria says winning war against insurgents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140218/nigeria-says-winning-war-against-insurgents <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nigeria is winning the war against Boko Haram Islamists in the restive northeast that has claimed thousands of lives, a presidential spokesman said Tuesday, dismissing suggestions the insurgents were having the upper hand. </p> <p>"We state authoritatively without any fear or equivocation whatsoever that Nigeria is already winning the war against terror and the activities of the insurgents will be terminated within the shortest possible time," Doyin Okupe told reporters in Abuja. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140218/nigeria-says-winning-war-against-insurgents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boko Haram Christianity in Nigeria Disaster Politics States of Nigeria AFP Wed, 19 Feb 2014 02:51:54 +0000 6074532 at http://www.globalpost.com Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria kills 60 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140220/boko-haram-attack-northeast-nigeria-kills-60-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An attack by scores of Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast Nigeria town of Bama has killed 60 people and caused massive destruction to public buildings, police told AFP Thursday.</p> <p>Residents said gunmen stormed the town at roughly 4:00 am (0300 GMT) on Wednesday, armed with heavy weapons and tossed explosives into various buildings, forcing residents to flee into the surrounding bush. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140220/boko-haram-attack-northeast-nigeria-kills-60-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boko Haram Christianity in Nigeria States of Nigeria AFP Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:18:35 +0000 6076389 at http://www.globalpost.com