ACER Laptop Giveaway Winners Wednesday 08 July to 15 July

I have done multiple assesments and verifications with IT savy people and made my own deductions about the previous giveaway of the acer laptop (I am an applied mathematician, when numbers dont add up- i fling out the baby and the bath water- forget my face- “I am not as stupid as I look”- OAD). I have decided to nullify the last contest for several reasons which are mostly obvious. Some community members had extraterrestrial help in the form of robot voting (thats the best way for me to put in to find humor in the situation lol). I have personally gone through a range of emotions today – anger, pity, violated, humor etc. I wondered why folks would go through all that for something that I was willing to give away, not because I am rich- but to put a smile on someones face. I felt a bit taken advantage of also…i almost opted out of giving it away but common sense prevailed. I am announcing a new giveaway for the Acer Aspire V5 Touch screen laptop which will run from 08 July till Wednesday at midnight July 15 2015...the wednesday deadline is not a mistake, its just making up for the unfortunate incidence.

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The rules are simpler this time- no Lagos sense please

Lets discuss an issue that is threatening our future. Extremism aka Terrorism aka our own home grown Boko Haram aka Boko boys. Given their recent activites, our freedoms as Nigerians are threatened, random stop and search is being proposed in several parts of the North- it violates our rights, however we cant seem to find a way to get rid of these guys. The government is giving indications that they would like to have negotiations with them….You may think because you are in Lagos, it doesnt affect you, but sooner or later they will get here if not curbed.

1. What is your take on the whole thing?

2. Get the highest number of reasonable responses on your comment (actual comments – that make sense in response to what you have written). So rally your people to comment to help you win..

Please note the winner must be able to pick up the laptop in Victoria Island, Ikoyi or Onikan- your picture will be taken and posted on the site.

Please let us remember to be dignified in how we approach the things we do, so we do not insult the intelligence of other community members with our actions (note i could have said more- but I am attempting the dignified approach)

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218 Comments on ACER Laptop Giveaway Winners Wednesday 08 July to 15 July

  1. Ikoya adewale // July 8, 2015 at 21:07 // Reply

    It’s saddening the last giveaway but I trust it was the most viable option as the moderator… Over to the issue on ground… The Boko Haram issue is one that has become so delicate and twisted…corruption in our security outfit, political inclination of the sect, the Islamic genesis, the unjust murder of their original founder, the new psychological boost they have gotten from the western world ISIS, etc… Fundamentally, it was basically an Islamic affair (going way back to its origin).. But a lot of circumstances forced them to become the violent sect that they are today and apparently we failed as a country to curb it when it was still young…

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    • hmmm… i really agree wt u on this one.. especially the ‘corruption in our security out fit’.. i think that should be tackled first b4 considering negotiating with them or not..

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    • Ikoya adewale // July 9, 2015 at 00:04 // Reply

      Tackling that would take quite a long period of time and the BH boys would have been more stronger then… I’m not even in support of negotiations, want to know why?

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    • I felt negotiations would be better in as much as the terrorists are willing to… Why are u against it @adewale…. And mind u the Boko Haram isn’t a Muslim body, I’m a Muslim too so what do u mean by Islamic genesis??

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      • Sikirulahi Sodiq // July 13, 2015 at 17:27 // Reply

        kayode.. I think they should consider changing their name to something else because the sect cant claim they are propagating islam, when in the Holy month of Ramadan, they are still bombing and killing innocent people

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      • Yes! U cant go and kill innocent people and say ”Allah Akbar”. Its either you dont believe it or you don’t know what you are saying, so it has nothing to do with religion. They are just terrorists killing for pleasure

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    • Ikoya adewale // July 9, 2015 at 18:59 // Reply

      @kayode in my opinion this BH and ISIS menace isn’t just what we see in movies like 24… First of all they are a group of people with the same thinking Nd belief and judging by the estimate of their large population even if some of them are willing to lay down their arms a it is very possible that a certain few will still stick to their myopic reasoning especially if one of their senior kingpins is also against negotiations and then u might hear of a new terror sect..

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    • Ikoya adewale // July 9, 2015 at 19:14 // Reply

      Besides what have we to offer people who are against western education and are ready to die fighting for that cause?? money???…. What will they use the money for if it’s not to recruit new members on a low key mode and upgrade their armoury since they are against western education at least rumour has it that the then leader of the Niger delta militants now owns a university… Do u think such rumour will ever unfold If the negotiations go true?

      Talking about the religion aspect, really I don’t like meddling into topics about religion but in as much as they have been disowned by many Muslims If not all, they still claim their actions are in line with the Islamic scriptures just like their seniors terrorising the west the ISIS guys

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    • Ikoya adewale // July 9, 2015 at 19:16 // Reply

      ***unfold about shekau??

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    • Benjamin // July 9, 2015 at 22:31 // Reply

      Well.. I think u have a point @ikoya. Negotiation myt be really disastrous for us as a nation because dey might use the opportunity to reinfoce because am sure the wont want to let ISIS down. But come to think of it, the killing rate is now quite alarming… Hardly would a week go by without hearing the attack of a suicide bomber. Nigerians want a swift solution to this. In my opinion, since our military is nt well fit (for now).. I’l say we should negotiate.. This should buy enough time for our military to get theirselves together and face this thing as if it were a war (i.e if they re surface)

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      • Leo Ayemere // July 13, 2015 at 16:11 // Reply

        @ benjamin.. Guess u r ryt @ ikoya. I like ur comment tho.. Bt i think i would recomend negotiation as the solution to this problem. I understand the sentiment of nigerians who are angry @ the suggestion but then, nations endure when they face their realities rather than wallow in emotional aspirations that their situations do not support. Lets be truthful, How does Nigeria hope to defeat these insurgents militarily? Weeks b4 d electionour army ws reinforced nd we saw d result.. We also thought it was coming to an end but now, look @ what we have again.

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        • yem-shob // July 14, 2015 at 12:26 // Reply

          Leo, u r ryt.. Negotiation remains our only way out. Unfortunately Nigeria is like a dying patient whose only chance of survival is hinged on the ingestion of some irritating concoction, Nigeria currently has little or no option than to negotiate with the deadly sect.

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          • Royalee // July 15, 2015 at 10:49 //

            I do not know why people are saying this menace should be ended on the war front . When our security architecture, infrastructure and information gathering are in an archaic state. I am in FULL SUPPORT of NEGOTIATION

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    • Ikoya adewale // July 10, 2015 at 09:34 // Reply

      Well @Benjamin I’m still against negotiations anyways because this can’t be tolerated any longer n we don’t want to have a reoccurrence later in the future too… But I trust our current president being a general of the army to have better agendas behind his new decision to accept negotiations… But as for me except I know that hidden agenda i stick to the American government style of WE DON’T NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS

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      • Well said man, that is why i envy america. I guess the mistake being made here is,, this issue isnt treated as a global issue and not a nigerian issue. Nigeria’s immediate neighbours should work harder in forming collaborative efforts to defeat the terrorists

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        • i am only going to advice the governments of Nigeria, chad and cameroon to rise beyond the anglophone/francophone political divide to achieve their aim of dealing with the terrorists

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    • Human beings are dying o, not chickens…if negotiating with those demons will stop the senseless killing i,m in total support @ikoya

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      • @nike.. Truth be told, our president is 80% nt likely to negotiate with BH because it will portray his government and the country in a bad light. In short it will spoil his good reputation. Nd i dey im back die.. Its FIRE FOR FIRE!

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      • That’s just the sad part of it dear

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      • I feel ur pain @nike

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    • @nike as a fellow Nigerian, I feel your pain but do we let the sympathetic situation influence our actions as a nation…

      Negotiation as explained by the dictionary is a formal discussion aimed at reaching a reasonable and balanced goal.. Here in this case the BH guys are more or less masquerades also what have they to offer us, the Chibok girls (whom by now would have been also psychologically brainwashed)??

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    • Essellence // July 13, 2015 at 07:17 // Reply

      Wait o, @kenny does that now interpret to the Chibok girls are now terrorists? If ur answer is yes, I disagree totally #BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurGirls

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 13, 2015 at 20:39 // Reply

        Lol no bro, that’s not what she meant.. Tho obviously the girls u are clamouring for won’t be the same girls that left Chibok over a year ago

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        • ur r right @ wale.. The girls have stayed far beyond the acceptable period in the hands of these terrorists. How i wish the current government could release the report of the presidential fact-finding committee that was set up by the Jonathan’s govt in the wake of the abduction..

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          • Ikoya adewale // July 14, 2015 at 12:09 //

            No, that’s a confidential information and it’s not meant for the whole nation even tho they could find anything tangible

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    • As for the major topic, the BH guys if u ask me are just a bunch of miscreants who do not love peace, they have no justifiable cause they are fighting for….. They say they are against western education, they are using scientific ideas n devices…they claim to be Islamic, they are killing people…

      If I were the president I would feed them with their own dose by ordering a massive airstrike the hostages including the Chibok girls would be the sacrificial lambs

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 13, 2015 at 09:41 // Reply

        Lol… Uchebo u sounded just like my mum there… But u have to be ready to face plenty human rights group and the world at large in that case cos they’ll charge u with many allegations

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      • @ uchebo… U wrote the exact words of my mum.. But dont u think that d world will come against u since its an infringment of the fundamental human rights? Besides a lot has been put into that campaign u know

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    • Lol u guys are clowns..as for the negotiations just as it has been mentioned it might end up becoming detrimental to the next generation and by then the menace would be bigger than what we have now because it will be fueled by the high rate of illiteracy in that region…I’ll prescribe we empower our military to face them squarely

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    • some folks say the bombings increased cos Buhari moved the control room of the DHQ to maiduguri ………but when u mentioned islamic genesis, it got me having weird thoughts like maybe they resumed the suicide bombings because its ramadan since their ideology is that the more they kill the better they are in the eye of their god…yes god not my God

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      • Odusanya Peter // July 13, 2015 at 15:05 // Reply

        @bola that’s really a thoughtful one because it’s inclined towards justifying their actions.. I mean they have no right whatsoever to take out life they cannot make

        No one has mentioned praying.. I think it’s time we commit our country in prayers

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        • chukwudi // July 13, 2015 at 17:14 // Reply

          peter, thats true.. We need PRAYERS. Bt we also need to be patient with this govt because u will agree with me that the present govt takes the issue very seriously. Within a week of been sworn in, he visited Niger, Chad and would have visited cameroon but for the invitation of the G-7 summit, held in Germany

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          • Ikoya adewale // July 13, 2015 at 20:42 //

            Nigerians are running out of patience fam…. Minutes ago, 45 lives were stolen we can’t keep living like this any longer

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          • Ndukwe Ebuka // July 14, 2015 at 05:22 //

            true talk ma broda… Mk God just help us because honestly, its really saddening when i pick a newspaper and see pictures from bomb explosion scenes. Some children with bright futures hve been condemned to certain health conditions because of this sect and we say those children are leaders of tomorrow.. Its too bad that it has gottn to this stage and we all must admit that it is a very difficult task to handle because of their faceless nature.. I only recomend that we join hands with the government to do whatever we can possibly do in our capability to tackle it headlong.. Because i consider negotiation with terrorist a short-term (temporary) solution and for a situation like this which is not just affecting our Father land but also d world, one can only hope for a permanent solution which i believe patience and coperation with our govt will bring. God Bless Naija!

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      • At Bola that ur thought is somehow… As I have always insisted looking at them as an Islamic group is a myopic way of looking at this BH issue… They attack churches as much as they attack mosques and Islamic clerics… So it’s clear they are not for or against any religion in particular.. Also, a new release claims majority of the BH fighters are Christians, I don’t know how true that is anyways…. But as @adewale said they started as an Islamic group but now I don’t think they are still an Islamic group….. Their Islamic fantasy is just a mask to cover their devilish act and it has worked for them

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        • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 19:46 // Reply

          N. D they are still islamists or better still jihadists .. Just that their system isn’t supported by the peace seeking Muslims.. That’s y they attack other Muslims

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 19:43 // Reply

        Lol @bola u still posted this thing… Thanks anyways

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    • i know well that this BH issue is a delicate one but still, I seem to be missing something….if the Presidency claims to be winning the war against them,why is he opening the door of sympathy for them via negotiations ???? or am I the only one missing out something?

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 13, 2015 at 20:43 // Reply

        @JK thats a sensible question for Mr. President… Anyone with an idea when he’ll be having a media chat??

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    • I concur with Mr. President on winning the war because when this sect became this violent, they started by attacking soft spots like markets, places of worship, viewing centres, social places of gathering, bus stops / terminals, etc later on they advanced to targeting proposed security strongholds, like the barracks, UN building, etc..they didnt stop there too, they went on to seize villages and local govts and even hoisted their flags inaugurating a caliphate…but the military after renewed motivation regained these local govts and forced them out of their strongholds recovering lots of their ammo …now they are back to attacking soft spots via suicide bombings and this can be curtailed via proper education of the locals via various media in their language of course about raising alarms when they notice things they cant decipher

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 13, 2015 at 20:47 // Reply

        Dear I don’t envy the President one bit, he is trying hard to curb this menace today, he fired those pot bellied security chiefs who don’t even look fit to be wearing a camo.. I’m sure if those chiefs are well monitored there will be remarkable improvements

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      • Tony-man // July 15, 2015 at 16:59 // Reply

        Since they r back to attacking soft spots, i thinks thats because of the militaru incursions of the armed forces in the first few months of the year. So i’l say we should be very patient with our military, im positive they will deliver

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        • @oliko.. Abeg! Lets be sincere.. If we give these guys 30years, we wont get the desired results rather more lives will be lost.. Our present military ehnn… God help us!

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          • Francis // July 15, 2015 at 18:49 //

            True talk bro, true talk.. @ tony-man,.. If u can provide answers to these Questions.com how does a nation which cannot boast of high grade intelligence gathering. Win such a battle on the war front. How do we deal with situations in which bombers disguise as worshippers only to unleash explosives on innocent worshippers?

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        • Yh I agree with u on that especially now that we are awaiting the deployment of a new strengthened force with the A. U backing and the president himself is making his own moves to reforming the military… I believe boko Haram would be something of the past this time next year

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          • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 19:50 //

            I heard they would Commences full scale operations next month I only hope unity will be their watch word especially since its gonna be a combination of francophone n Anglo phone combatants

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    • rather than moving into negotiating, we should do more of educating the locals on how to detect these beasts

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      • yes. Educating the youth is 1 road to the promise land, another road is that we all should embrace attitudinal change in al aspects.. We should care more abt our environment.. What do i mean if we have the habit of keepin our environment clean, wen we see smtin on the ground, we pick it nd put in the nearest waste bin. If we all can do this, the rate of bombing will reduce because most of these IEDs are hidden among these things we see and neglect

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    • Nice one by ayomiks guess that was responsible for the zero casualties figure recorded in jos yesterday…the military can’t do it alone..

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    • @ikoya… I second ur post. All these fellas saying we should consider negotiation, do u realise the havoc that this terrorist group has wreaked on this country and its psyche in the past couple of years?? in 2014 alone the group killed mre dan 10000 nigerians in addition to mauming thousands mre and destroying property worth billions of naira. Do u think we can get these things back in a year or two? Those lives lost, can we get them back? They are our brothers and sisters.. So i back ikoya up. Our military should fight tooth and nail until the last man is sent to rot in hell

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    • Kama Bryan // July 14, 2015 at 05:41 // Reply

      well its a really delicate issue as we all know bt i wunt recommend negotiation rather i’l advise our security agencies to b more advanced in the way they gather and handle intelligence information. We all watch films, sometimes i see things in the papers, and i ask myself, IF THIS WERE TO BE THE USA, WOULD WE BE SEEING SUCH IN THE PAPERS??. For Christ sake, Nigerians want results. The military can give us dese results if they are advanced in their way of handling intelligence info

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    • I think the step Mr . President took yesterday is one Nigerians far and near have been waiting for by replacing the old security chiefs with new ones and charging them to bring back the lost glory of our military ..its is hoped that they will do just that with time….

      While the president and the military do their bit to curbing this menace I’ll like to give kudos to @ayomiks and tow that line of thought with these few points on suicide bomber recognition, suspicious behaviours and suspicious gadgets:

      A. SUICIDE BOMBER RECOGNITION
      1. External appearnce
      A. Clothes look unsuitable for place and climate
      B. Clothes look significantly bigger than the persons body
      C. The suspect cloths to blend but clearly doesn’t belong to the location
      D. Obvious disguise

      2. SUSPECIOUS BEHAVIOURS

      A. Repeated attempts to steer clear of police and other security agents.
      B. Walking slowly making repeated glances left and right
      C. Mumbling in a suspicious manner.
      D. Nervous, hesitant, profusely sweating
      E. Keeps one or both hands in his pocket at all times

      SUSPECIOUS OBJECTS
      A. Suitcase, handbag, back packs
      B. Electrical wires, switches, metal or electronic apparatus protruding from suspects clothes

      If the locals could be informed and educated in these points, we would experience a remarkable low number if casualties whenever these demons won’t to such blood.

      God bless Nigeria!

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      • Anthony Alex // July 14, 2015 at 11:27 // Reply

        thats nice folabi… Cudos!! Well i think the governments next step should be to start creating jobs for the teeming unemployed youths to avoid restiveness. This should take the youths off the street

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 14, 2015 at 12:12 // Reply

        Wish everyone could be this security conscious…. Thanks for stopping by with this Awesome piece bro @folabi

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      • with reference to the suspecious objects mentioned in ur piece @folabi i hope nigerians will understand the need to subject themselves to thorough security checks when required to do so…i say so because i’ve noticed that an average lagosian doesnt willingly submit himself for security checks most times they even insult the poor security men who are trying to avert the worst but when an ordinary tyre gets bursts,they are quick to blame the security agents…the earlier we know that the security issue is a thing for every nigerian the better it is for us as a nation.

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        • @kamso it’s because lagos is still safe for now, I’m sure those guys in the north will succumb to the stop n search without hesitation but the thing is the Nigerian army already has human rights allegations against it..one major from of this human rights abuse is sexual molestation …my question is will the wives of these soldiers be allowed to their barracks ??? Body no be fire wood Na and konji sef Na popular bastard

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        • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 19:55 // Reply

          Lagos is still chilling in peace that’s why lagosians are still doing yanga… I’m sure over there in the north it’s a totally different vibe

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      • Nice points @folabi,double thumbs up

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    • mustapha // July 14, 2015 at 16:14 // Reply

      The random stop n search is one nobody should be scared off provided there is no skeleton to hide…Nigerians should see it as a necessary price to pay to curb the bokoharam menace provided the security personnel carrying the checks out do not cross their boundaries ….I believe the govt would have put some measures in place to check that tho

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      • dr sheggz // July 14, 2015 at 18:19 // Reply

        the reason most nigerians are against this stop and search method is that.. The military men use it as a means of extorting stuffs from people.. Our army is currently full of demoralised soldiers, a lot of whose motivation in the army, by the admission of army chief is more pecuniary than militaristic, so sorry to say but, we cannot bank 100% on our soldiers any more

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        • If they are given all they need, there will be no extortion…private guards don’t extort na

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    • Our military was known to be made of brave men and women before those clowns were brought in by Jonathan. The sack of those obese and out of shape looking men who ordinarily are not fit to be bodyguards in a decent society is really long overdue.

      I hope PMB would investigate abuse of office and the corruption allegations against those politicised fat men so these new ones would sit upright. They stole money meant to buy new military ammunition and asked our Ill prepared young men to fight well armed Boko Haram monsters. When these young men refused, they were court martialed and sent to death. Those guys are the worst thing to happen to our military in recent times bringing nothing but eyesore disgrace to military professionalism and my nation no matter how u choose to slice it.

      Glad they have been finally replaced I hope the newly appointed chiefs would restore sanity in their jurisdictions and end this devilish display we are getting used to once and for all

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      • Kingsley // July 15, 2015 at 17:30 // Reply

        Since the president said they were chosen strictly by merit their I believe their appointment will give a fillip and stronger bite to the fight against terrorism and all for

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 19:59 // Reply

        I had to go browse the pictures of those ex chief’s before I could relate with ur contribution.. Lool. Thanks for that comment my honourable comrade

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      • Loool comrade if them catch u.. Lol

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    • Idemudia // July 15, 2015 at 11:51 // Reply

      Lets all look @ the issue from this perspective. Do you guys know that Nigeria’s ability to win this war through guns is hampered by its guerrilla nature? The size of sambisa forest, one of the stringholds of these insurgents which spreads across borno, yobe, gombe, nd bauchi states makes it difficult to go all the way shooting as civilian casualties will definately be incured. Why not Negotiate? I think its the only way out

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      • Yes. Good poin idemudia, the case is even worsened by our pathetically porous and policed borders which allow aliens come and wreak havoc on d country @ wall

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 20:03 // Reply

        Cool point @idemudia but rather than negotiating since these militants are Nigerians with families I’ll advocate community policing as a step to providing necessary field intelligence for staying ahead of the sect’s guerilla tactics and scorched earth strategy

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    • @folabi big thumbs up to u.. But guess the spate of suicide bombings didn’t make u mention anything about vehicles

      Pls house also raise alarms when you see;

      -Improvised or mismatched number plates
      – vehicles parked for a long time in a central location, loading or parking zone
      -strange Rickety vehicles you wake up to see on ur Street

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      • Egboh Andrew // July 15, 2015 at 15:03 // Reply

        Yh u got that right bruh… Vehicles
        – with obviously sagging trunk n rear
        – dropping noticeable fluid
        – with electrical wires protruding from the dash board too are threats and if seen alarms should be raised

        Being vigilant is the only way we as citizens can help fight this war against insecurity.. It is a collective work not for the government alone

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        • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 20:06 // Reply

          Thanks for the points @egboh and dav3…Nigerians as a whole need to demonstrate greater commitment to degrading and crushing this insurgency by being vigilant and staying friend’s with our security operatives

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    • paul onwu // July 15, 2015 at 12:25 // Reply

      looool @thonio ‘body no be fire wood and konji na popular bastard’ loool u no lie sha…especially since the missions these days are done by females mostly on hijabs….during one of those searches a military nigga might just go touch something he hasnt touched in a long while an from there shii escalates…konji na real bastard looool

      away from the humorous side tho the presidents numerous trips and changing the militay chiefs is a positive step for me..by Gods grace, it will be a thing of the past provided they send the very last of those guys to rot in hell…i mean to say NO to Negotiations

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      • Abeg! U guys should PLEASE OPEN YOUR EYES!! Look @ the level of poverty in the land. This makes the potential for boko haram recruitment very easy. This is even coupled with the deceptive religious toga which thw insurgents have given to their war. Clearing the poverty in the land will take years.. Negotiation is the only way out

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        • Victor, na ur back i dey, just look @ d situation in which a 10-year-old girl gets nominated by her father to undertake a suicide mission tells the extent of local collaboration which tge boko haram could get as a result of the sale of lies whose potency is encouraged by the level of illiteracy and ignorance in the northern part of Nigeria

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          • poverty is everywhere, even states are begging….governors should find a long term solution within their respective states by harnessing the states’ resources…our over dependence on oil is what is affecting us now and our naira keeps crashing..the president is trying i swear

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          • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 20:09 //

            But negotiating I. E giving these people money is likely to lead us to doom in a long run

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 20:07 // Reply

        Lol

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    • riches mary // July 15, 2015 at 13:06 // Reply

      @wale some ur people are serious clowns..its the typical Nigerian style sha we have to laugh sometimes….

      I sincerely hope Mr. Presidents new team will pump money majorly into surveillance especially surveillance of flash points and the country’s borders….and also work towards overhauling military logistics and communications because that’s one sensitive section our military is lagging

      Nice blog notwithstanding. God bless naija

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 20:16 // Reply

        I greatly hope so too.. If we have a working surveillance structure in place assistance from other country’s would be easily obtained

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    • negotiation to me is just a back door passage to a land that we dont know…the govt must work hard to dismantle the pyramid of violence that insurgent groups have mounted in the country

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    • Boko Haram or the BH guys are having their last laugh… I say so because I know their end is near in as much as the president remains steadfast with his determination to curb the menace

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    • boluwatife // July 15, 2015 at 19:23 // Reply

      yh i stick with a poignant report by The Economics which concluded that ” only if the Nigerian government tackles misrule and endemic corruption will this Jihadist group be beaten”

      those points in my opinion fuel the major cause of this menace which is youth unemployment especially in the north where throngs of street urchins and the poor constitute a fertile pool of disenfranchised youth that provides these islamists easy access to recruitment

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 20:24 // Reply

        Guess u meant ‘The Economists’… No doubt that the dirt in our country’s system is much tho.. Hopefully the influence of our new President will greatly reduce that

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    • As long as most people in the south, West, and East keep seeing this issue as a northern problem, their will be lack of genuine political will to combat this menace… It’s high time we embrace unity and act like it’s our family members that are being buries daily

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    • more-rice // July 15, 2015 at 21:45 // Reply

      the federal govt must go ahead and do everything within its capacity to resolve the boko haram challenge. if we think about it, the risk involved in allowing violence to continue is enormous for the future of the country, so i’l say if the govt can go into negotiation being sure that they won’t resurface later, they should go ahead but if not, it should be a fight to the last man

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    • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 21:51 // Reply

      The president has released about $21 million to the multi national JTF I hope they put it to good use n ma this thing end asap

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    • U guys have said it all I just wish someone who knows someone that knows someone will see all of ur recommendation and implement the most appropriate of them

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    • Mr. History // July 15, 2015 at 22:16 // Reply

      We are just being haunted by the ghost of past mistakes, and a gigantic coop of chickens has come home to roost, though it is not as if the country was not pre-warned. In the early 1980s, this same northern Nigeria was rocked by a violent uprising by an Islamic sect led by a
      Cameroonian preacher known as “Maitatsine”. About 4,000 people were killed and the commission
      that investigated the violence reported then that : “Because
      of the very wide gap between the rich and the poor in our society…Maitatsine’s sect were
      more than prepared to rise against the society at the slightest opportunity.” The commission
      advised thus: “This regrettable social situation in our society ought to be remedied immediately else it will continue to provide the required
      recruitment potential for disenchanted men…to rebel.”

      Alas! That’s what we have at hand today

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      • Chigozie // July 15, 2015 at 22:26 // Reply

        Everyone just saying this and that about our military men… U think it’s easy knowing u might not see the end of each day u wake up to meet???….. Our words alone is enough to demoralise willing soldiers

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        • I join ur voice in hailing our ever gallant men and women in uniform especially the fallen ones who gave their lives to this country… I just wish and hope the new government will try to consider a better welfare package for them

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        • Irrespective of the way anyone might want to slice it, Nigeria is blessed with capable hands in its military… Obviously if we weren’t in a civilian government, this BH thing would have been long forgotten… I believe that given the necessary support and provided with the requirements, our military can surmount this insurgency not with the obsolete equipments like guns that fail to fire and APC’s that won’t move

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        • Thanks for that point… Our army is originally trained for conventional warfare and peacekeeping operations. Elaborate hostage rescues and fighting AK-47 wielding Islamist biker gangs in the middle of city centres are not its forte. When I hear of their achievements over these guys I applaud them silently

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          • Macaulay // July 15, 2015 at 23:52 //

            What do you mean? You are not a patriotic citizen oo.. So this is how you talk about your army.. I feel we all should be encouraging them and not cricticising them

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      • Hmmmm… If only the government had handled the economic inequality and religious extremism well,there wouldn’t have been any boko Haram

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 15, 2015 at 22:43 // Reply

        It’s just always the north and the funny irony of it is that most highly rated officials in government have been from that zone… Even Africa’s richest man is a northerner!!!

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        • Macaulay // July 15, 2015 at 23:56 // Reply

          Lool…. This boko haram ehn! Their issue is just ”the more you look, the less you see” you guys should pray that God should give us the ‘eye glass’ that will make the issue ”the more you look, The more you see”

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    • Well i’ll go for negotiation reason being this, take forinstance، northern nigeria currently bears the burden of having the highest number of out-of-school children in the world. This is inadvertently preparing another generation of terrorists, curbing illiteracy might take years,. So we should negotiate

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      • Odoh Tobechukwu // July 15, 2015 at 22:28 // Reply

        Yes Biodun, the greatest harm we can do to the furure of our dear country is to allow these insurgents hand over to another generation of terrorists which is likely to be more vociferous in their hatred for the nation than the current generation.

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      • Macaulay // July 16, 2015 at 00:00 // Reply

        Curbing illiteracy shouldnt be that hard, i mean, charity begins @ home.. This is where our parents come in. Well i think the issue here is the poverty problem. Evening the polygamous nature of d families add to it

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    • Macaulay // July 15, 2015 at 22:57 // Reply

      Lool…. Lemme call them like our dear cordinator ”boko boys” i must say, are nigerians with familes, and so i think community policing would be very vital to public safety by providing intelligence necessary for staying ahead of boko haram’s guerilla tactics and scorched earth strategy

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    • Just like Ikoya said, the issue is a delicate one, our Military attack cannot do it all… Lemme re echoes something from a former minister he said rhetorically “Tell me where in the
      world military action alone has solved an insurgency.”

      And his claim was supported by an ex defence chief thus: “You can never solve any of these problems with military solutions…It is a political issue; it is a social
      issue; it is an economic issue; and until these issues are addressed, the military can never give you a solution.”

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    • Ikoya Adewale // July 15, 2015 at 23:44 // Reply

      Times when being a student in hostel is fun… Thanks to everyone that contributed to this especially those of u who had data but still insisted on using my phone to make comments and those that used my data to stream… Win or loose I appreciate all of u. By God’s grace this menace would be something of the past. Much love.. Best of luck to us!

      Thanks for the opportunity Miss. Pynk….just so u know I’ve been nicknamed Mr. Pynk in school

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      • oga pink… All this ur vote of thanks na invalid.. Do cawi us go mama put area b4 we go accept ya vote of thanks

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    • Echezona // July 15, 2015 at 23:50 // Reply

      U guys already written everything there is to write…. wish our military nothing but the best in this war

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  2. Wow! I just went back to the original post and the figures are absolutely ridiculous. Nine thousand three hundred likes? No one person has that many friends.

    People should just fear God. I mean, the fact that its free makes it more appealing but keep the playing field leveled, do your best and keep your fingers crossed.

    God bless your kind heart Ms Pynk.

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  3. Ikoya adewale // July 8, 2015 at 21:46 // Reply

    Hol’up Ibk Hol’up.. It’s easy to cast now, everyone who had “robots” tried to use em to the best cos of the condition of winning even the winner of the necklace too! , if u were in our shoes too, u’ll have done same at least one of the loosers started it.. On behalf of all the robots that operated in the last 3weeks, we are sorry…

    Could we face the new topic now pls?,

    if yes kindly reply to the first comment and help me clinch this gadget cos I’m in dire need of it, thanks.

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    • This is ridiculous,I am a silent reader and I always go through the comments and never have I ever seen you comment, all of a sudden you are hol’n up,boy pls get your act together.Ms Pynk more respect to you for this….Love your blog by the way very matured

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      • lol… teena, lets face facts, we r human. u myt hve also purchased the robots if only u new whr they were being sold.. i think we should leave it @ that. he has apologized aiidy. s/o 2 u Ms Pynk

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      • Ikoya adewale // July 9, 2015 at 00:01 // Reply

        Aunty teena sorry now,I will not do it again….. oya help me win this time

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  4. It’s a pity about how people circumvent the rules cos they want to win. As for the BH thing, I don’t believe they should be negotiated with. Our stance in this country should be : we don’t negotiate with terrorists. When we start negotiating with them, nothing stops other violent groups from cropping up and also asking for negotiations when they are tired of killing. BH kills randomly. They don’t even differentiate between Muslims or Christians. They are more interested in killing in areas where there are crowds. They are pure EVIL.

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  5. I’ll like to attack the “Boko Haram Menace” subject from a few angles.

    WHAT ARE THEY FIGHTING FOR?: They claim “Western Education Is A Sin” yet benefit from her products e.g weaponry, clothes, gadgets, internet etc – that is hypocrisy! They also kill innocent people who have nothing to do with their so-called struggle.

    HOW DID THEY START?
    The genesis of BH can be traced back to 2002, founded by Mohammed Yusuf.nHowever, I see them as a group of extremists who have been brainwashed to accept “their leader’s” perspective of Life/religion & follow it to the. Latter.

    TRUE ROOT OF BOKO HARAM (in my opinion)
    – Poverty
    – Unemployment
    – Lack of Knowledge/Poor Education
    – Political and or Religious Sponsorship/Influece
    – The Nigerian i-don’t-care attitude factor
    – International Influences

    SOLUTIONS (in my opinion)
    -Strategic Security Plans & Execution
    i – Trace & Cut source of funding
    ii – cut source of ammunition supply
    iii – Purge security bodies of corruption
    Iv – prosecute sponsors/supporters accordingly
    -Improved Standard Of Living
    – Quality Education & Orientation
    – External/International Support
    – Citizens’ Vigilance & Cooperation

    In summary, the more we address Boko Haram as a Northern problem & not a Nigerian problem, the longer they exist + the stronger they become

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    • I agree with u Dami. It’s so sad to see the westerners, easterners refer to this menace as a “northern” problem when in fact the world sees it as a “Nigerian” issue which it actually is.

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    • So sad when u hear people say stuff like “make dem dey kill theirself fr north” whereas we all are Nigerians. Nice write up @dami

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    • On whether negotiations should happen or not, it’s obvious BH don’t have anything to put on the table.

      I will ask this question again – WHAT ARE THEY FIGHTING FOR? If that could be adressed, maybe negotiations might be considered.

      Moreso, WHO IS BOKO HARAM? They are termed faceless & ghosts (they are masked) – you don’t dialogue with whom you don’t know.

      Also, it’s obvious the group initially formed in 2002 had been polarized & influenced by politicians/selfish individuals, hence the existence of many factions and or splinter groups making dialogue almost impossible. Come to think of it, when last did the so-called BOKO HARAM release any official video claiming responsibility for any of the recent bombings?

      Lastly, by international standards you don’t negotiate with terrorists. People willing to kill themselves & in the process take others’ lives only shows they have no value for LIFE.

      Overhauling our security apparatus (state policing might just b considered + other necessary reforms) & purging the institution of corrupt officials is one step in the right direction. I mean, we have local/international security (anti-terrorism) experts – bring them on board. The strategies up on ground dont seem to be working, we need try alternatives.

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    • Well, like I do say, “whatever I say is my opinion, u either agree with it, or disagree. Whatever option u go with is allowed”

      My first question is: do we think our leaders don’t know the brain or people behind this sect called ‘Boko Haram’?

      The next is: are they scared of arousing the anger of some people?

      If we claim that our leaders don’t know them, then I must ask, who did Olusegun Obasanjo hold a meeting with?

      I love America’s standard in terms of terrorism, “never negotiate with terrorists”
      I feel we need to imbibe that into our system, cos it is only in Nigeria that our government will think of negotiating with the set of people causing them pain. They would even go to the extent of giving amnesty. It is so sad and painful when Nigerians that are off the Northern region say stuffs like “the hausas are just too many, their population has to be reduced. BH is doing that for us”
      some would even say “BH knows their boundaries, it can never exceed the northern region, let them keep killing one another, we are not affected”
      I guess they don’t have people in the north, cos if they do, they would have a rethink. I have lots of people in the north and i get scared for them on a daily basis. The only thing I do is pray for them.

      Nigerians as a whole are tired of this sh**. We can’t take it anymore. This is pure madness.
      @Dami, I love your post. It spells out major points that the Federal government needs to take into account.
      Pynk, I would be glad if Nigerians get to see Dami’s post, I’m sure that someone that knows someone that knows a friend that knows someone that has connections to the president will see it and convey it to him. They need to take quick action. They are expanding beyond normal. Once ISIS is fully involved, then the crisis in our country becomes a world crisis. I think we know what that will lead to. *lip sealed*

      Seriously, if this country fails to solve this BH issue, then it is as good as saying “our military sector is not competent, our government is not competent, likewise every of our security and low enforcement sector”

      I’m seriously pouring ma heart cos I’m freaking tired! whatever it is that it will cost the FG, they shouldn’t hesitate to do it, even if some top officials will be affected, as long as they are corrupt. We want our peaceful Nigeria back!

      I don’t have to list points, Dami’s points are enough for me. I think i will just support his/her point with all these.

      Once again, there should be no negotiation! We need action! if it is going to be fire-for-fire, so be it. The FG should provide the needed arms and ammunition.

      Pynk, it is left to u. Let’s save this country together, with every strength that we’ve got.

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  6. Love this comment,good points and details

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  7. Somehow, I knew it would come to this. When I saw 1.1k likes, I just chose to sit and wait.

    So sorry about that Miss Pynk, you’d have to be more creative about the giveaways now that we have a bigger house. I would share if I get any ideas. God bless your kind heart.

    May the one who truly deserves it win.

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  8. When I saw the number of likes some people had on that post I didn’t even bother myself again, I don’t know that many people, even if I add all my village members…lool. Am happy for the second chance, will be back with my write up.

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  9. I just pray all these don’t get to the south. Its killing already that this is spreading fast and at an all time high.

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  10. What exactly do they want??? That’s one question that keep ringing in my head,anytime I listen to the news and There’s a new report about them. You don’t want western education yet you get across using the things invented through it.
    I think one of the ways the government can actually stop them is through their funds,we all know some cabal are behind this,the government knows them. The fund is just like oxygen,if they stop it then they can’t breathe. The government can’t get to the root of this BH matter if they close their eyes to the truth.
    On the issue of negotiating,its very dicey,if you negotiate with them its really going to make them feel like a god,thought their main reason for acting devilish is because they don’t want western education? So what exactly do they want to bring to the table? They are just confused and looking for uneccesary attention,which is costing us so much in this country. Its been over a year now since they kidnapped the chibok girls and the new president promised to look for them immediately he resume office,I guess the job is always easy looking at it from a distance.
    I have been following the news about the IDPs camp and its really pathetic,how can people find joy in embezzling the funds meant for these victims? How do they sleep at night?
    If the president wants thr job done,he should be honest with himself and do the needful,they all know where the ‘gas’ is been supplied,cut the supply it will pull them out,then he can start from there.

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  11. Boko Haram as a sect “against Western Education” seem to be confused and have no known objective or grievance unlike “the Niger Delta Boys” whose issues were well understood. Their modus operandi has been to maim,bomb and take innocent lives for no just cause.
    As for the issue of violation of rights, I think that this is a small price to pay for the greater good of the nation, as more members of the sect will be discovered through this means. The issue is that due process should be taken during “Stop and Search” and then soldiers should be trained on the process.
    As for negotiation, this is a process of coming to a peaceful agreement. The Boko Haram terms cannot be met in any way as it would take the nation backward and also give other groups the confidence to pick a gun and start a movement.
    The government has already taken good and reasonable steps by placing military personnel in the zone.More military intelligence should be placed in the northern region. Efforts should also be made to educate the youths in the region as ignorance is the highest propaganda of this occurrence.

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    • I totally agree they do not have any objective they just want to kill people because they can.

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      • Your points are spot on although I feel the various security agencies especially the DSS are not working efficiently because the best way to fight terrorism is the deployment of intensive undercover personnel for the purpose of gathering intelligence for use against them.

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        • You have a point, but there’s hardly any work any undercover personnel can do if the family members are aware that there pple r involved which is d case according to many security experts. There family members r even the one protecting them.

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      • Yeah I believe they really have no purpose and now that they have apparently run out of Christians to kill theyvare going to their kinsmen bunch of cowards

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    • That’s right…”ignorance is the highest propaganda for this occurence” I totally support the idea of youth being educated in that region its important.

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    • So true

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    • Aderomola // July 12, 2015 at 18:50 // Reply

      Well said chioma. Our leaders need to put the right initiatives in place to tackle this problem. If only our army can be trained – rather they are trainied , but they need the right motivation to channel their efforts to takle these boko haram guys instead of being corrupt and looking for cheap change.

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    • Chioma I completely agree with you on educating the youths of the region. I have had the opportunity to interact with young educated people from the troubled north eastern region and they all recommend a re – orientation of some sort for the young people in that area. Extremism isn’t something that one decides to pick up in a day. It is insidiously indoctrinated into the psyche of vulnerable youths. As for the road blocks and check points, they have become necessary in the face of escalating tensions in the country. The general attitude of Nigerians is a direct indicator of our level of patriotism. If this was happening in say Texas for instance, men from all over the US would rush to enlist in the army just to defend their country irrespective of whether it affects them directly or not. The government should also do its bit to spur the patriotic spirit in Nigerians and the armed forces by providing all that would be needed to fight this menace. Benefits and compensations for servicemen injured or killed in battle should also be a priority of the government . This would raise the morale of our troops and even make more civilians enlist. This won’t just be a step but a leap in the right direction as regards curbing the Boko Haram menace we have to contend with.

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    • @Chioma : I have always tried to come to terms with the fact that there is more to the menace than what meets the eyes. But hopefully it’s going to come to an end sooner than we all look forward to.

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    • The issue of eradicating Stop and Search does not augur for our society, moreso in this era of Boko Haram and suicide bombers terrorizing our nation. It is my humble view that the Stop and Search be reinstituted.

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      • totally, stop and search is one of the major ways armies control territories in a war/troubled area. And u will think our president a former general will know that. Lets just hope they have a better solution because it is unbelivable that u r fighting a guerilla battle and u withdraw your troops from stop and search in the region.

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    • Well I feel the stop and search method should be continued but other methods should also be adopted such as intelligence gathering on the Boko Haram how they operate and how they move about

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      • They all know how they move and operate it’s annoy that boko haram doesn’t even attempt to hide their dealings anymore but our military men are just sitting around

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    • Well i totally believe that the state of affairs have gine beyond negotiations. Negotiations woukd work with sane humans but it seems dt d boko haram are too far gone. The way forward should be full on attack by the government. God help us. God bless Nigeria

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    • Well i totally believe that the state of affairs have gone beyond negotiations. Negotiations would work with sane humans but it seems dt d boko haram are too far gone. The way forward should be full on attack by the government. God help us. God bless Nigeria

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    • i agree with you. Illiteracy is the super problem that we have in fighting this BH menace. I mean its not like its the leaders that carry out the suicide bombings. Its malleable children and adults that are being used.

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    • @Chioma, i totally agree with you, this boko haram group really do not have any motive behind all this killings and really, no one knows what they are fighting for. It is rather sad that this issue has been goin on for too long and one begains to wonder how long we would continue to live in fear. It even frighten’s me more because Nigerians pray alot and hardly any week you dont hear of all this killings. The botton line is this, we really need to find out who their sponsors are, because the kind of expensive guns this guys use were not made in Sambisa forest. Well i think that the only way we can get to the root of this problem. Find their sponsors or source and everything would be history

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      • Even finding their sponsors might not help if the person is high up in the government, we all know in Nigeria money ati power speaks volumes all they will get is a pat on the back and warning not to

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    • I don’t believe in negotiations with terrorists. It shows weakness on the part of the government. More offensive measures should be taken to subdue the threat they pose. Military officers should be deployed in their multitudes to the zone of these attacks as defense measures can only hold up for so long

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    • Baby girl // July 13, 2015 at 07:39 // Reply

      The issue with Boko Haram is containment and then complete eradication. They seem to operate in known areas yet the govt is dragging its feet in eradicating them. This reveals poor border controls, inadequate ammunition to defeat them and poor military organisation. If Boko Haram is to be defeated, it would have been done a long time ago. There is more to it than meets the eye.

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      • I agree with you completely,but while we pursue containment, what happens to innocent people in the contained area??? They keep dieing daily

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    • I Totally agree with all your points… I mean if they ve some form of tangible reasons to take lives they should speak up… Rather they hide in the curtain of religion… I totally hope this unlawful killings will come to an end and this radicals causing havoc to this beautiful country would be apprehended. And I hope justice will prevail..BIG SHOUTOUT to the soldiers fighting against this group… We all support and love you 4 dis…

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    • The issue of Boko Haram needs international intervention because it seems like our military and government can’t handle it.

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      • Intervention…but at what cost??

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        • Exactly at what cost? Then who ever comes to our aid will have one over on us for a long time, I blv that at 55yrs old we should be able to fight for ourselves

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    • The utter ignorance in the north is the main issue. When they were saying that Jonathan built universities there I was surprised cause BH is a product of illiteracy that is really prevalent there. But you can’t force them to learn they have to be willing to cha ge the status quo

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    • I totally agree with your thoughts however, “good and reasonable steps” have proven not to be enough to curb the menace

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      • Please do suggest other measures to curb this menace, that is why we are the future of Nigeria

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    • Boko haram is a menace and must be stopped immediately. I think we need foreign help.

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    • Well said Chioma, Boko Haram as a sect do not really have valid justification of taken arms against the good people of Nigeria. At one point I heard, they are against western education but most of their babaric operations are carried out with Arsenals birthed from western Education. I think our Government needs to be more proactive in fighting the menace.

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      • They have to be willing to stop all the back channeled dealings and stop looking out for themselves first for this to stop

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    • Ignorance has been the root of most of the challenges we face today, because I see no reason why anyone would want to strap a bomb and go out in a bang and take others along with them all in the disguise of fighting against education. Anyway I feel we should be enlightened, both those from the affected regions and the not so affected regions. People should know the vices of terrorism and how it affects us as a country and as individuals. It’s far beyond what we read and watch. And to those who perpetuate these acts, it’s very funny how you fight for another man’s ideals and you don’t even know him. Well,so long long as men die the liberty of a people cant be controlled by one man or a group of men and their ideals. It’s only for a while.

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    • Irrespective of whatever motive or cause, any group of individuals maay be fighting for, killing or taking a life is absolutely unaccetable

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    • Queen Bee // July 14, 2015 at 17:56 // Reply

      @Chioma I totally agree with you. The Problem with us (Nigerians) most often than none is our lackadaisical attitude towards situation. When this whole Boko Haram menace started instead of confronting it as a Nation like France did in the Charlie Hebdo case, we were busy playing politics and blame game with the lives of innocent citizens. Had this been tackled at the infancy stage, it won’t have gotten to this stage. The same is with the issue of certain “Biafrian Radio” in some parts of the east that air messages that can incite violence. The Government is still acting like they are unaware now until it turns to something we won’t be able to curtail.
      That said, what is the way forward? I personally think the first solution is to block their means of funding and this can be achieved if the Federal Government through the central bank seek the cooperation with the commercial banks.
      2. On the issue of the Presidency withdrawing road blocks, I think I’m in support. Cause in reality, these soldiers don’t search nothing instead they collect money from road users and those that refuse to give they hurt me, I witnessed one where the Bus driver refused to give them money and they bust his four tires.
      Finally, I think the Nigeria Military need to go back to the drawing table and find out where they missed it. This same military used to be a reference point for greatness and also I think the decision of the President to move the Defence HQ to maiduguri is a step in the right direction

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      • Queen Bee, you may have a solution there, but can you explain further how government can block the funding of Boko Haram through commercial banks? Considering the fact that anyone can create a fake company in this country and siphon money through it.

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    • But is the military really doing anything but stoppoing and searching, u feel like we are developed enough to have an intelligence agency to infiltrate the sect and destroy it from the inside instead of just watching as they kill people

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      • The Stop and Search works, at least I have seen one, I was on a trip from Calabar to Anambra, some hausa looking men were in d bus,I didn’t even notice them, at one of the military posts, they brought them down and on interrogation discovered that one of them crossed Chad without documentation, the question is aren’t their proper control measures at the borders???

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    • I am in support that boko harm has caused a lot of damage and lost of lives. The government should position some military officiers on the road in the northern region.

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    • Great comment chioma

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    • Very good observations. To show the nation that the government is serious in tackling the menace of BH, Intelligence officers should be scattered across the North East and other parts of the country including neighbouring countries. Though I am of the opinion that Boko Haram is still political unlike the NigerDelta goons.
      Spot on Chioma!!

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      • But Kola before Buhari was elected we heard rumors that he was the master mind, now he is in power it is still prevalent so who could be the political mind behind it?

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        • If By had stopped immediately them we would have said it was true that he was in charge of them maybe he is waiting for some time before he tells them to stop, #justsaying

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        • I totally agree with @chioma

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    • Uchechi Acholem // July 15, 2015 at 07:09 // Reply

      I think this is a good article,and I pray that God answers our prayers.

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    • You are right @chioma. There is just no reason to enter into alliance with those blood hungry demons.

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    • The education of the northerns is the starting point of the end of the boko haram problem in Nigerian so I think that more effort should be made to compulsorily made to help them to acquire education to at least secondary school level.

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    • I totally agree that boko haram’s activities is quite inhuman and barbaric.there is need for the federal government to negotiate.

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    • Nice excerpt @chioma, am of the opinion that ignorance is one of the reason why the fight for their right has been construed and demonstrated through shedding of innocent blood

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    • Spot on and very true. Well spoken

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    • Well written, Chioma. Something baffles me, however; how the activities of Boko haram have become more insistent and increasingly more daring since PMB came into power, as if to undermine his ability to tackle them or whatever…. I think they are poor men who take pleasure in capturing villages to gain access to food supplies and have forceful intercourse with young girls and women. Sadly they are abusing the religion of muslims by using Allah to perpetrate their evil acts, misrepresenting the religion.

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      • I don’t think dey are poor men cos recently women have also joined dem, so if u say dat dey are poor men who take pleasure in capturing villages to gain access to food supplies and have forceful intercourse with young girls and women, den why do we have women as members of the group?

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    • lollyberrie // July 15, 2015 at 18:17 // Reply

      @chioma. Spot on! Negotiation would give groups the effrontery to maim and terrorize others just to get attention. To catch a thief, you need to think like one ( a buttress to your military intelligence point).

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    • I totally agree with everything you have said on this matter

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    • BH are just a set of selfish people who hunger and thirst for blood of humans, be it Muslim or Christian. Terrorist need not b negotiated with, it simply means giving in to their demands. How are we sure they will put an end to their madness after, and not still ask for more. Meanwhile, not sure but heard they wanna swap their arrested brothers for the chibok girls, d questions is “are these so called brothers still alive in detention”?.
      Bottomline, no negotiations, no compromise. But the madness will and must stop soonest.

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    • I totally agree with you Chioma. I think boko haram is a sect made up of confused individuals who have no clear vision or objective. Since dey don’t have a clear objective it will be difficult for government to negotiate with them. So I think government should deploy more military personnel to those affected regions to help fight and curb their activities.

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    • It’s time we had an honest discussion about groups like Boko Haram and how we can stop their activities.  And I have to include addressing the role Islam plays—even at the risk of upsetting some of my fellow Muslims.

      I’m not saying Boko Haram’s actions are based on Islamic principles. I believe the opposite.
      But when I say Islam plays a role, I mean that there’s no doubt that Boko Haram and their followers identify as Muslims. And I’m sure some if not most of those in that terrorist group believe they are doing God’s work by engaging in violent attacks.

      Here’s the bottom line: Preventing Boko Harams requires a multifaceted approach, and Muslims need to be one part of it.

      Two specific measures. First, the need to increase literacy among Muslims in developing our nation. Why does this matter? A terrorist leader can literally make things up and claim they are in the Koran, and those unable to read will not be able to check if that is accurate. Keep in mind that in Nigeria, 51% of the 170 million people are illiterates.

      Secondly, the importance of Muslims actually understanding the true meaning of certain passages of the Koran, calling for them to “broaden their horizons” and view the scripture “within proper context and not literally.

      However, In Nigeria, there are other factors that led to Boko Haram’s formation and success in recruiting, namely injustice, government corruption, and especially poverty. In Nigeria, 61 percent of the people live on less than a dollar a day. Consequently, it’s easy to recruit people by the promise of food and even small amounts of money which THE GOVT MUST LOOK INTO.

      As a local governor in Nigeria recently declared, the way to prevent Boko Harams is a “three-pronged strategy of military, socio-political and economic solutions.” What needs to be added to that list is that Muslims must vigilantly denounce the actions of groups claiming to act in the name of Islam, and just as importantly, the media need to cover these condemnations with the same gusto as they cover the terrorists.

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      • Well I don’t totally agree with you on Muslims playing a role to combat this menace because dey now kill both Muslims and Christians. If it was wen dey started den I would have said yes dat Muslims can actually helping curbing the menace. But clearly dats not d case anymore bcos d group has lost focus and direction as to wat dey actually want.

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      • I must admit harry has really apt points especially abt hunger and illiteracy being major proponents of Boko Haram in d north

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    • @chioma in short u have said d best thing here so far by pointing out that d boko haram sect do not really have a main objective or purpose for their attacks. . I still bliv dat deres more to this sect dan most of us ordinary people know about

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      • I agree with you. A part of me thinks dat dey are actually internationally funded. I think dey are being used as a tool to disintegrate this nation, but I don’t think dey would succeed.

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    • I do agree, on the training of military personnel, soldiers as well as the youths in the region. Ignorance is not an excuse right now. The government should also make effort to maximize the security agencies available in the nation, some security agencies are lying fallow. The government can also introduced schemes which could enable the private security structures and organizations are trained properly to handle this threat. Finally as for negotiations, none is needed, these people are murders so no mercy should be shown. We can only win this battle if we work together with the government.

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    • I totally agree with you

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    • @chioma, u raised some salient points there. I think there is more to Boko Haram than meet the eyes, Buhari in 2013 said that an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the North. I don’t think he has the resolve to flush the boko boys. He plans on calling them to the round table for dialogue. How can u dialogue with people whose only grievance is western education? Buhari is just a boko Haram sympathizer! I don’t mean to sound like a pessimist but Boko Haram might not be going anytime soon.

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  12. No good can ever come out of negotiations with terrorists. Look at the naija delta hooligans, only God know how much money was spent on those touts in the name of Amnesty. How much good came from it?

    Na men. Naija once had a strong Army. Our troops were heavily sought after back in the days to assist with conflict in Africa. We can get there again.

    Buhari’s #1 priority should be strengthening our military. Invest in training, invest in equipment, increase salaries, restore sanity to our military and see how much these boys can do.

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    • The thing is that many lives are being lost everyday for no cause, I can’t begin to imagine the fear the north-east is in, negotiation would have been an option if we are dealing with sane people.

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      • I like U.s’s policy of never negotiating with terrorists cause once you start you won’t stop, I feel like our government is just chasing its own tail or there are some internal workings that we don’t know about

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        • I agree with you totally I feel the goverment should first weed internal corruption to able to face. The Boko Haram properly

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      • @Chioma, negotiating with them is just lik treating malaria with panadol, the ailment won’t go but wil just subside to return in full force. I can remember vividly d impact of one of d blast in d north. It’s not a good experience at all. But an end must com to their reign, how is d question everyone is asking now. Shld the FG try it, they wil not forget d impact in a hurry. GOD help Our Country

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      • @chioma. Negotiating with terrorists is such a No-No because that will only embolden them to hold the nation by the jugular whenever they feel like because the government will come begging them to sue for peace. The country ought to be bigger than them with enough resources to crush their excesses. I still believe the intelligence agencies aren’t just doing their jobs efficiently.

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    • Also educating the army men in gathering intelligence and spy stuff, they should try and use theirs brains to defeat them

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  13. Am new here, something said check out this blog advertised in Thelma thinks. And am kinda digging it. As for d giveaway, I’ll be watching.

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  14. @chioma I totally agree with your opinion on education as it creates an avenue to empower our vulnerable young ones. However, i’m not too sure how much stopping and searching the military would do to combat bokoharam. I would go with the opinion of fully investing in the military, thier equipment base, man power, service benefits among other things and an eventual no-mercy battle against the sect. Then taking them down by whatever means possible.

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  15. @Chioma: While I agree with the things you’ve said, there’s a point we are missing. These guys are religious fanatics, I expect Muslim clerics and Muslims in general to speak against this evil. Organise peaceful protests condemning the killings and bloodshed. More serious action is needed to stop them but they need a reindoctrination.

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  16. Personally I believe we are here today because of the governments complacency and carelessness, this sec would have been contained long before now but the government didn’t take the issue and necessary steps at the early stage now it’s out of control.

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    • @Chioma, the entire Muslim community should stand and speak with one voice instead of pussyfooting around the matter.

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  17. @chioma, I agree with ya. Govt needs to identify their source of funding n weapons and cut it off. And pls no negotiation with them, they can’t be reasoned with

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  18. @chioma and @gbenga I totally agree with the motion of the government to blame and even as slow as the new president is, I respect him for the move he took yesterday; changing of the chief of staffs.

    In a nation like Nigeria where corruption is thriving and has eaten deeply into our veins President Buhari took the greatest step by breaking the foundation of this crisis.

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  19. Evelyn Alogo // July 15, 2015 at 07:17 // Reply

    Very true. Most of the top government officials are sponsors of this so called boko haram. At times I wonder why they say western education is a sin because most of their sponsors are educated. Also government don’t have to be negotiate with them because there is no reason for the crises.

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  20. @Evelyn, I completely agree wit u. This so call Boko harams funny enough use sophisticated ammunition dat western education has developed to kill people 4 pleasure, because they haven’t given a strong reason why they have kidnapped girls and killed so many people. I feel d government need not to negotiate with them and I hope wit d change of the heads of Arny,Navy and Air force they would be able 2 derive a means to utterly remove the existence of boko haram from the face of the earth. What they have done so far is highly inhumane. So therefore they should pay wit their lives.

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  21. In addition, I believe in the beginning they were sponsored by some Muslim faithfuls and political people like Babangida and co. It was not to cause this amount of mess. Logically speaking, this explains why Boko haram desperately seeks for food supplies and ammunitions because such people habe withdrawn their money from the demonic enterprise. It also explains why they have now pledged allegiance to that satanic, low self esteem filled group called ISIS. These men just enjoy using women for their pleasure as evidenced by the butt load of condoms found in their possession and the number of young girls they impregnated and scarred.

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    • Tolu peverseness comes in different shapes and forms, of course they use women for their vile pleasures, the question of sponsorship though is. Yet to be answered

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  22. I agree with you completely,but while we pursue containment, what happens to innocent people in the contained area??? They keep dieing daily

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  23. @Chioma. Yup! We can’t negotiate, they aren’t sane, my take; bomb the whole NE. #SUPERSENSITIVEALERT!! Sounds mean (errm human rights advocates et al) but whether it’s done or not innocent people would still die. It’s like treating cancer where both good and bad cells die.

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  24. @Chioma, I’m shocked at how bold the bh boys have become. I was so hopeful that they’d be past tense or seriously curtailed by now. Unfortunately the reverse seems to be the case. I can’t for the life of me understand what the bh boys want, but I know for sure that they are blood drunk and should be handled with iron fists. This may sound cliché but we need prayers so that our leaders will do the right things, because we can complain from now till tomorrow and they’ll do nothing. Isn’t that the norm already? They must be sneering at the masses rants and complaints.

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  25. Spot on Chioma.

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  26. Even developed countries have suffered terrorist attacks, but the murder in our country is alarming and a slap to the government. How then can we believe they don’t have a hand in it? Another truth is that Nigeria had a chance to stop but the sect was underestimated. Where were the local rulers, chairman and community heads when members of the sect commenced action? what is most heart breaking is the number of youths who have been falsely arrested as suspects and persecuted without trial.

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