Archive for March 12th, 2015

ISIS Formally Admit Boko Haram Into Their Fold

According to AFP, ISIS has now accepted the allegiance of Boko Haram. Find the report below…

The Islamic State group has welcomed a pledge of allegiance to it made by the Nigerian jihadist organisation Boko Haram, according to an audiotape Thursday purportedly from its spokesman.
“We announce to you to the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to West Africa because the caliph… has accepted the allegiance of our brothers of the Sunni group for preaching and the jihad,” IS spokesman Mohammed al-Adnani said in the message, using the Arabic name for Boko Haram.

Itself a radical Sunni Muslim movement, IS has seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic “caliphate” there, and has also drawn expressions of allegiance from jihadists in Egypt and Libya.
On Saturday, an audiotape attributed to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said “we announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi,” referring to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Shekau has previously mentioned Baghdadi in video messages yet stopped short of pledging formal allegiance.
But there have been increasing signs that the Nigerian militants, whose six-year insurgency has claimed more than 13,000 lives and left 1.5 million people homeless, have been seeking a closer tie-up.
IS spokesman Adnani urged Muslims to join militants in West Africa and insisted that the caliphate was growing.
“Our caliphate is resisting and it is advancing in the right direction. We are fighting the Crusaders and the rafidah (Shiites) and day by day the Islamic State is becoming strong,” he said.
He insisted that the jihadist group is “sure of its victory” regardless of the challenges it is facing.
For months, IS has been targeted with air strikes from a coalition led by the United States and suffered territorial setbacks in Syria and Iraq.
And Iraqi government forces have closed on the city of Tikrit this week in a bid to retake it from the group.

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(War Against Insurgency) Mercenaries Joins The Nigerian Troops In Fight Against Boko Haram

Hundreds of mercenaries from South Africa and the former Soviet Union have reportedly been hired by the Nigerian government to fight alongside the Nigerian troops to rout out Boko Haram terrorists from the North Eastern part of the country. According to Reuters, quoting regional security, defense and diplomatic sources, the mercenaries were being paid about $400 in cash each a day.

Nigerian army soldeirs patrol along a road in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, on March 5, 2015.  Nigeria's government said that work had begun to rebuild a school in the northeastern town of Chibok from where Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped more than 200 girls last year. Finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala laid the foundation stone at the Government Secondary School on Thursday on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, a statement from her office said. AFP PHOTO

Defence spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade however denied the report explaining however that “there were offers of training and intelligence assistance from friendly countries. Also, our neighbours operating under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Task Force are also backing our efforts from all our borders with them and some of these arrangements predate the present operations”.

In an interview with Voice of America late on Wednesday, President Goodluck Jonathan said two companies were providing “trainers and technicians” to help Nigerian forces. He did not name the firms, or the nationalities, or give numbers.

But a West African security source and a South African defense source told Reuters that the foreign troops were linked to the bosses of former South African private military firm Executive Outcomes.

Executive Outcomes was best-known for its involvement in Angola’s 1975-2002 civil war and against Revolutionary United Front rebels in an internal conflict in Sierra Leone in 1995. It disbanded in 1998, under pressure from the post-apartheid government in Pretoria to curtail mercenary activities.

The West African security source said several hundred foreigners were involved in running major offensive operations against Boko Haram, and were being paid around $400 a day in cash.

Separately, a South African defense contractor confirmed to Reuters that ex-Executive Outcomes leaders were involved in the deployment, which came after the six-week postponement of elections in mid-February due to the threat from Boko Haram.

One Abuja-based diplomat said the South Africans were backed by soldiers and hardware from the former Soviet Union in an alliance against Boko Haram.

South African mercenary killed

Meanwhile, a South African mercenary was shot and killed by friendly fire during operations against Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, a military officer and a civilian vigilante said on Thursday.

The vigilante, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, told AFP that the man died on Wednesday as Nigerian Army soldiers fought to recapture the town of Bama, in Borno state.

“He was killed when a convoy he was travelling with was mistaken for that of Boko Haram insurgents, which prompted a military tank to open fire,” he added.

The military officer, who also requested anonymity, confirmed the account, describing the death as “friendly fire”.

An Afrikaans-language website in South Africa, Netwerk 24, identified the victim of the friendly fire incident as Leon Mare Lotz, describing him as a private military contractor.

His wife, Almari, was quoted as saying: “I just know Leon was killed. I know that he went to Nigeria with his eyes wide open and was aware that it was a dangerous operation.

“He was with some of his brothers-in-arms who have walked a path with him for many years.”

The report said Lotz’s driver was also killed in the shooting, which was attributed to a “miscommunication”.

IS welcomes Boko Haram allegiance

In a related development, the Islamic State group has welcomed a pledge of allegiance to it made by the Boko Haram, according to an audiotape Thursday purportedly from its spokesman.

“We announce to you the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to West Africa because the caliphate has accepted the allegiance of our brothers of the Sunni group for preaching and the jihad,” IS spokesman Mohammed al-Adnani said in the message, using the Arabic name for Boko Haram.

On Saturday, an audiotape attributed to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said “we announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi,” referring to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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(Entertainment Gist) Why Family Members Are At War With Dr. Sid @olaitanmatti

Dr Sid (13)Africans are known for their value for culture which they adhere to strictly, one of the most common norms among the culture in Nigeria is the way they accord respect to elders it is seen as a sign of proper
home training for any young man to respect those who are not even
members of their immediate or extended family. However, this moral
stand of Africans seems to have fallen off the radar of Sidney Onoriode Esiri
popularly known as Dr Sid.

The member of the Mavin crew, according to an aunt, has allowed his fame and money he’s making to take the best out of him, as he now has little or no regard to family not minding the relationship with the
person or the age. The Dental doctor turned musician, was gathered he has hidden under the guise of a minor family squabble to insult some of his aunt, even in the presence of his wife.

Source revealed that the show of shame took place sometimes late last year when Dr Sid encountered his aunt in a UK airport, on their way back to Nigeria after a visit to the queen’s land, the source while narrating the event explained that he was the one that first greeted the aunt who after normal pleasantries asked him the reason he did not attend his cousin’s wedding in Lagos , and that it was surprising to the aunt when he claimed that the reason he was being invited was because they want him to come and sing, the aunt was said to have rubbished such talk after she told him nothing of such was expected of him, and she piqued if he’s no longer a member of the family?

Angrily, the aunt turned to the wife to asked if she knew her and when the wife was said to have show no sign of comprehension, the aunt had introduced herself as her husband (Dr Sid) mothers sister, this the eye witness said did not generate any form of response from the wife, who was just looking at her.

Dr Sid later tried to cover by telling the aunt that the marrying cousin should have personally informed him a thing the aunt also countered as she was the one that personally informed him of the wedding and she also told him he has changed from the young man that cherished the family to one that careless about them.

This infuriated the Mavin signed musician, who later followed the aunt to the ticketing queue after the encounter has been reported to some family members to give her a piece of his mind. The opportunity which he grabbed while leaving the queue, he was said to have turned and said to the aunt “ you belong to an asylum you F**king b**ch ”, his statement was said to have come as a shock to the aunt who also felt embarrassed that a boy she raised could have grown to becoming a man like that, she was said to have immediately put a call through to his elder brother who stays in (Cardiff ) Wales, who called Dr
sid to apologies to their aunt but he was said to have ignored his brother’s advise, his mother was also said to have been informed by the aunt on the extent fame has hampered her son’s moral.

Dr Sid totally ignored this story when he was confronted via twitter .

By Olaitan Matti

(Sports) Ibrahimovic Reacts To Red Card Against Chelsea @Richard

Ibrahimovic on Chelsea red card: I felt like I had 11 babies around me

The PSG striker was given his marching orders for a challenge on Oscar in the first half and the Sweden international was unimpressed by the reaction of the opposition

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has criticised Chelsea‘s players for their reaction to his Champions League red card, branding the Blues “11 babies”.

The Sweden international was dismissed after 31 minutes following a collision with Blues midfielder Oscar, with the likes of John Terry, Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill surrounding referee Bjorn Kuipers immediately after the challenge.

And Ibrahimovic was far from impressed with Chelsea’s players and the referee, insisting that he attempted to pull out of the tackle.

“When I saw the red card I was like ‘the guy doesn’t know what he’s doing’ or maybe he saw something else,” he said.

“The worst is what I see when I get the red card – all the Chelsea players come around. It felt like I had 11 babies around me. I pulled out because I saw him also coming.

“I don’t know if he [Oscar] was acting afterwards or where I hit him. It doesn’t matter. We won the game and we went through so we will see what happens.”

Thiago Silva headed home as PSG battled back from 2-1 down in extra-time to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition and Ibrahimovic hailed the Ligue 1 champions for recovering despite being down to 10 men.

He added: “It was an amazing performance because we were playing with one less, even in extra-time, so they should have all the credit they can get. They played with big hearts. We showed quality and big heart.”

(Sports) David Luiz Apologises For Celebrating Goal Against Chelsea @Richard

David Luiz apologises for celebrating against Chelsea

The Brazil defender went against modern etiquette by celebrating wildly against his former club – but said sorry afterwards

Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has apologised to Chelsea fans for celebrating the goal which contributed to the Blues’ exit from the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Brazil centre-back netted the 86th-minute equaliser that sent the match to extra-time, before Thiago Silva cancelled out Eden Hazard’s 96th-minute penalty to take the score to 3-3 on aggregate and send PSG through.

The goals only tell half the story, though, with PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic controversially sent off in the first half before Gary Cahill put Chelsea ahead with nine minutes to go.

The modern-day etiquette is to not celebrate against a former club – Danny Welbeck incurred the wrath of some Manchester United fans following his winner for Arsenal at Old Trafford only on Monday – but Luiz, who was at Stamford Bridge from 2011 to 2014, did not hold back.

“My cycle finished in Chelsea, PSG gave me a great opportunity to continue my career,” Luiz told Sky Sports 5. “I was very happy at Chelsea. I respect everyone.

“Tonight was good for me to score. I said I wouldn’t celebrate but my emotions I couldn’t control.

“Thank you to Chelsea and sorry I celebrated because I was so emotional.”

“It is amazing for everyone, amazing for Paris club, for Paris city,” he added. “We did a great game, we tried to win the game.

“I am happy to be in the next round but we have a long way to go to win the Champions League. We have to keep our feet on the floor.”

(Nollywood) Current Women Can’t Manage Their Homes, Actress Bimbo Thomas @semaotakeit

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Ace Nollywood actress, Bimbo Thomas has revealed that lots of women we have current can’t manage their homes. Read her comments here:

 

Why has it been difficult for you to get married?

No, it depends on the individual. Staying married is more difficult. You can get a man whenever you want, but a lot of women don’t know how to manage their homes. I promise myself to be good when I get there.

So, what are the qualities of the man you want to spend the rest of your life with?

I want a God fearing man with quality brain. Confident person who will stand up to his right any day and of course, good looking because I am good looking as well

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