Sunday, June 15, 2014

Nigeria: Muslim group seeking sharia kills 1,000+ in 2 months

Nigeria: Muslim group seeking sharia kills 1,000+ in 2 months, incl 173 teachers

Obama silent. via Boko Haram kills 173 teachers -NUT.

The Ogun State chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr. Dare Ilekoya, has said no fewer than 173 teachers have been killed in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states by the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

He said this on Thursday during a protest in Abeokuta against on the kidnap of the abducted female pupils of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

The national body had ordered pupils in public primary and secondary to stay at home to express NUT’s concern on the abduction.

Ilekoya noted that it became expedient for government at all levels to ensure quick release of these girls, else there wouldn’t be anything worth celebrating on May 27, Children’s Day.

He said, “Government must stop the incessant killings of Nigerians. A total of 173 teachers have been killed by the Boko Haraminsurgents in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.

“We are also concerned about the abducted Chibok girls. The abduction of the girls is nothing but a stumbling block to the realisation of the Millennium Development goals on education by 2015.”

Ilekoya, who commended the international community for rising up against terror, called on the government to provide adequate security in schools and make the learning and teaching environment conducive.

With members displaying placards with inscriptions such as ‘Nigeria keep moving, victory is certain over Boko Haram’, ‘Enough is enough’ and ‘Bring back our girls’ among others, Ilekoya said the federal and state governments should pay adequate compensation to the families of the slain teachers.

He said, “It is also important to take insurance cover for both pupils and teachers in the vulnerable political environment in the country.”

More via NBC, Boko Haram terror increases in Nigeria:

In the two months since Boko Haram fighters kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria, the terror group has taken at least 1,000 lives in what may be the deadliest killing spree by a single terrorist group since the Sept. 11 attacks, according to an NBC News analysis of reports from the region.

While the fate of the 272 girls kidnapped on April 14 remains unknown, Boko Haram has added to its bloodthirsty reputation since the abduction with a string of attacks — including three that killed more than 100 men, women and children apiece. The pace of the attacks has increased dramatically since the kidnappings, instilling fear not just in the civilian population, but in the Nigerian government and security services as well, according to U.S. counterterrorism officials.

“The group’s ability to conduct high-casualty attacks has evolved to an unprecedented level, even compared to 2012 when they bombed the U.N. building in Abuja,” said one senior counterterrorism official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “This period far surpasses that. The group has learned how to make their tactics more deadly and has expanded their reach beyond the control of security forces.”

The worst was an attack last month on two public markets in the towns of Gamboru and Ngala in Borno state that killed more than 300 people. That incident alone was the third-worst terror attack since al Qaeda used hijacked jetliners to attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, trailing only a coordinated string of car bombings targeting Yazidi communities in northern Iraq on Aug. 14, 2007, that left 796 dead, and the school massacre in Beslan, Russia, in 2004, which killed more than 380 people, mostly children.

More: Hope fades for schoolgirls held by Boko Haram Former president believes some will never return

Living conditions for the more than 240 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the jihadist group Boko Haram are worsening as they pass 60 days in captivity, according to a human-rights group.

Cameron Thomas, Africa analyst for International Christian Concern, said his sources in Nigeria say three camps in neighboring Niger and Chad are known to be holding at least some of the girls, who were abducted April 15 from their secondary school in Chibok, in Nigeria’s north, where Boko Haram has waged a deadly campaign to impose Islamic law.

“The fact remains that with each passing day, their chance for freedom, yet alone survival, diminishes,” Thomas said.

Some reportedly have been sold off as child brides by their Islamic captors for as little as $12.

“No girl or woman, neither in Nigeria nor beyond, should ever be subjected to treatment as property,” he said.

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