Content about Nigeria

May 7, 2013

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Extremist group Boko Haram was cited as perpetrators of an attack on Nigerian soldiers that resulted in the killing of an Army officer and a number of civilians as well. The incident prompted a military operation in Baga town of Borno State recently, with inflated reports quoted by major media outlets alleging at least 200 dead, and at least 10,000 people having lost their homes in the violence. 

The Nigerian government announced that the inaccuracies and exaggerations are how the western media reported the outcome of t he fi refight w hich military authorities said began as troops surrounded a mosque that was utilized by Boko Haram’s Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Lid Da’awati Wal Jihad. 

A government press release stated: “While preliminary briefings indicate that the casualty figures being reported by the foreign media may be grossly exaggerated, President Jonathan assures Nigerians and the global community that the Federal Government of Nigeria places the highest possible value on the lives of all citizens of the country and that his administration will continue to do everything possible to avoid the killing or injuring of innocent bystanders in security operations against terrorists and insurgents,” official spokesperson Mr. Reuben Abati said. 

The Defence Headquarters in Abuja said it could confirm the death of only 26 people including the deceased soldier, saying the violence happened when gunmen attacked residents of Baga town and security forces moved in after receiving a report. 

A consistent practice of ‘media terrorism’ is to grossly inflate numbers of victims as a means to ignite anger and hatred that could result in sectarian violence. Similarly, a statement presently being broadcast across the internet is that “1,000 Christians have been killed in their homes and churches in Nigeria”. Oddly, the exact figure (and identical wording) also appeared in reference to alleged ‘massacres’ in Iraq, Syria and Egypt. 

Material for this report obtained from The Daily Trust/ Y. Ibrahim, I. Wakili, and M. Bashar 

July 9, 2011

 

Fulfilling our commitment to serve humanity, the International Quranic Open University (IQOU), under the direction and guidance of His Eminence Vice Chancellor Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, will once again send forth competent students to provide assistance to our less fortunate brothers and sisters in Africa, a continent fraught with poverty, illiteracy, disease and high mortality rates.  Mali, one of the poorest countries in Africa, has been selected to serve as the launching place of IQOU’s newest project: Mali Health And Development Initiative (MHDI).

Hakima Fatimah Ash-Shakur of Aliville, Georgia, and Mahmoudou Sidibe and his family, from Montreal, Canada, will be departing for the West African country to begin work on the project in the coming months.

Islam has long been present in West Africa, with a long-standing Sufi tradition.  Due to this history, Mali represents a great base for IQOU to begin its work. Over the centuries, these Islamic spiritual orders were very instrumental in establishing true Islam.

 

February 6, 2011

 

awyers and media pundits in Nigeria are accusing the government of acting illegally by agreeing to settle criminal bribery charges against Dick Cheney out of court.

 

February 12, 2010

In a small predominately Muslim village located 18 miles (30 km) from the city of Jos, Nigeria, lies the Kuru Karama village, at the point where Nigeria’s Muslim north and predominantly Christian south meet. According to Human Rights Watch, armed men surrounded the small village, then hunted down and attacked Muslim residents, some of whom had sought refuge in homes and at a local mosque.

In a small predominately Muslim village located 18 miles (30 km) from the city of Jos, Nigeria, lies the Kuru Karama village, at the point where Nigeria’s Muslim north and predominantly Christian south meet. According to Human Rights Watch, armed men surrounded the small village, then hunted down and attacked Muslim residents, some of whom had sought refuge in homes and at a local mosque. Many were killed as they tried to flee and many others were burnt  alive. In the aftermath, men, women and children would lose their lives.

February 12, 2010

In a small predominately Muslim village located 18 miles (30 km) from the city of Jos, Nigeria, lies the Kuru Karama village, at the point where Nigeria’s Muslim north and predominantly Christian south meet. According to Human Rights Watch, armed men surrounded the small village, then hunted down and attacked Muslim residents, some of whom had sought refuge in homes and at a local mosque.

In a small predominately Muslim village located 18 miles (30 km) from the city of Jos, Nigeria, lies the Kuru Karama village, at the point where Nigeria’s Muslim north and predominantly Christian south meet. According to Human Rights Watch, armed men surrounded the small village, then hunted down and attacked Muslim residents, some of whom had sought refuge in homes and at a local mosque. Many were killed as they tried to flee and many others were burnt  alive. In the aftermath, men, women and children would lose their lives.