2019: Minister Dalung Releases Explosive Campaign Jingle for Buhari

Nigeria's Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung has released a highly compelling campaign jingle for Buhari's reelection in 2019.

The jingle produced in Hausa language first hit the airwaves on May 29, 2019, Nigeria's Democracy Day which in the jingle is mentioned as a day to remember, being the day Buhari came into office in 2015.

In the jingle, Dalung describes Buhari as a hero who is not just conquering back Nigeria's lost image in the eyes of the international community through his relentless fight against corruption, but also reviving ailing sectors in the country for socioeconomic growth and development.

"Baba Buhari" as is repeatedly mentioned in the lyrics "is indeed a leader...in his three years in office, he has proved exceptionally capable," says the jingle which ends with an echoed "4+4" chant for the President.

Will they still smile when they are grown?

1. My government is forcing Arabic language on them right from Primary school, which isn't an official language of the country but of a religion and a fanatical nation in the middle east.

1. My government is forcing them to learn Islamic Religious practices from elementary level regardless of their choice and inherited religions which isn't backed by the constitution.

3. My government is forcing them to live with people who kill their parents and graze on their foods, destroying their homes and settling in them, forcing them to flea to foreign lands for safety, where they nearly become slaves to survive

4. My government blames them when they are being attacked and killed, acting on the first lies given as a cover by the aggressors, instead of questioning the use of prohibited firearms and the act of taking the laws into one's hands which is illegal, as well as considering the possibility of a decoy and taking steps to thoroughly investigate.

5. My government builds roads, and without food on their tables, they are still made to feel like they have been done the greatest favour, when it is actually their rights to be catered for as contained in the constitution.

6. My government sees nothing wrong in attacking and killing a human being as killing a cow.

7. My government walks right into their homes, studies their miseries and uses such findings to build highly compelling manifestoes only for campaign purposes.

8. My government starves them and later throws peanuts at them just to have them continually worship them.

9. My government sponsors divisions amongst their families just to gain political advantage.

10. My government doesn't care if they exist, in fact wish they don't exist especially if they don't support their ambitions regardless of its acceptability.

Will they still smile when they are grown?

Democracy Day: Dalung recounts CHANGE benefits in National Life

The Nigerian Minister of  Youths and Sport Development, Hon. Barr Solomon Selcap Dalung has described as "immeasurable and laudable", the achievements of the Change Administration.

These he lists to include Human Capital Development "spanning several viable and contemporary sectors of national life.

"Not forgetting the unprecedented investments in Education, Self Reliance and most prominently Sports which saw  the stellar performance of the Nigerian contingent to the just concluded Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and ultimately the qualification of the Super Eagles to the 21st FIFA World Cup 2018; to mention a few."

In a Democracy Day message, the "one star General" as he is fondly called prayed for God to "keep Plateau state and Nigeria on this evidently propitious path of progress and positive change even beyond 2019."

Operation Rainbow Launches Emergency Services as Lalong vows to locate, restore displaced citizens to their homelands

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State says all has been put in place for the safe return of people displaced by herdsmen attacks in the state.

The displaced whose homes and farms have either been turned into grazing sites or occupied, the Governor said will be located and given enough security to return to their homelands.

Addressing newsmen in Jos yesterday, Lalong said he is aware that land is the main bone of contention in the conflicts that have bedevilled the state in recent years, hence the resolve of a federal committee on herdsmen clashes to which he belongs, to explore all avenues towards safeguarding the rights of citizens.

"When we had a problem in Bassa, the people themselves told me it isn't a religious or ethnic matter but land matter.

"Some people are chased out and they will try to come and you will say they shouldn't come back.

"The same is the situation everywhere but our recommendation in that committee is that those areas that people say they cannot go back to, the FG has said they must go back.

"But before you will do that, what do you do? Some of them were afraid at first because they said we can't go back because going back is one thing and guaranteeing our security is another.

"When we go back, these people will still come and kill us.

"On that, the FG resolved to mop up arms. When we mop up arms, those places that people say they cannot go back, the FG will move them there and let's see who will come and stop them," Lalong said.

Meanwhile, the Plateau State owned security outfit, Operation Rainbow is set to launch a special emergency response system to address the problem of insecurity in the state.

Sources close to government told MKB that the programme is to be launched today at the Operation Rainbow office in Jos by 11am by the Governor, Simon Lalong.

The programme MKB learns is a partner initiative of the Plateau State Government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), initiated but abandoned by the Jang administration.

The emergency response system provides citizens an opportunity to send alerts on any conflict incident to short codes that would be made available after the launch, MKB learns.

The alerts according to a source would be received directly at the Operation Rainbow's situation room to be launched along with the codes.

The source said the information received would be processed within seconds and transmitted to all relevant security outfits nearest to the location of the reported incident for onward action.

The system is expected to work somewhat like the 911 emergency services of the west.

It is said to have been tested previously by the UNDP and found to be effective.

INEC releases PVC collection performance of Plateau LGAs

With less than one year to the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has taken delivery of 123,848 permanent voters cards in Plateau State.

According to INEC, reports from its field officers have revealed a smooth exercise in all the 17 Local Government Area in Plateau State.

The Head of Publicity and Voter Education Department in Plateau INEC, Osaretin Imahiyereobo, told journalists in Jos that the distribution of the PVCs commenced in the 17 LGAs on May 21.

According to him, the PVCs were for those voters who registered with INEC between April and December 2017.

He said, “The exercise was flagged off at  the Jos South Local Government office of INEC by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mallam Hussaini Halilu Pai. This was followed by the monitoring of the  exercise in Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGAs by the National Commissioner supervising Plateau State,  Prof. Anthonia Simbine.

“A breakdown of the PVCs received in Plateau State shows that Jos South LGA has 21,045, followed by Jos North with 15, 113; Wase, 11,118; Shendam, 10,990. Jos East LGA has the least number of PVCs.

“Reports from the various LGAs is mixed with response in the  collection of the PVCs. While reports from Jos North, Jos South and Wase LGAs showed initial enthusiasm in the number of PVCs collected, other LGAs has not shown marked improvement.

“So far Jos North has the highest rate of collection with 625, followed by Jos South, 520; Kanam, 485. Other available figures are Quan'Pan, 143, Riyom, 20, Langtang North, 96, Wase, 44, Shendam 144, Barkin Ladi, 300 and Pankshin, 36.

“Apart from the distribution of the new cards, others who registered before the 2015 elections are also collecting their cards. Other CVR activities such as registration, transfers, corrections and replacements are going on simultaneously.“


Latep Dabang appointed national BOT Chairman, Buhari campaign organization

Received correspondence

The National Head office of the BUHARI CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION BCO has appointed Plateau State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC,Hon Letep Dabang as a National member of its BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

In a statement signed by its National Coordinator,Alhaji Danladi Pasali and delivered to him in Jos,the appointment of Letep Dabang is predicated on the expectations that he will fully continue to get involved in the entire activities of the APC and the Buhari Campaign Organization BCO in Nigeria.

Hon  Letep Dabang while receiving the letter of appointment thanked BCO for seeing him as a worthy partner promising that he remains committed to the course of the APC in Plateau,Nigeria and the aspiration of President Mohammadu Buhari to the Nigerian project.

He said he is not new to being part of this project as in Plateau State he is the Patron of the Buhari Integrity Group as such he will serve the Buhari Campaign Organisation the best way he can.

In the same vein,the Buhari Campaign Organization BCO has congratulated Plateau State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress,Hon Letep Dabang on his reelection to steer the affairs of party for the next four years.

In another statement signed by the National Coordinator,Alhaji Danladi Pasali on behalf of the Board of Trustees and National Executive, it congratulated the Party on its just concluded Congresses with produced Letep Dabang as duly elected.

The statement assured him of the full support of BCO in piloting the affairs of the party believing in his capability.

Responding,Letep Dabang said the entire APC structure in the state is determined to work for the collective interest of the party and thanked them for the gesture.

Even when we attack criticisms, we still ponder upon them - Gov. Lalong

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said his administration is open to all forms of opposition and criticisms.

The governor in an ongoing parley with journalists in Jos today said even when government replies certain criticisms, it still ponders upon them.

Though painful, Gov. Lalong said the constructive criticisms of honest citizens are necessary for development.

More to come

Rep. I.D. Gyang dishes out scholarship packages to 300 students

Hon. Istifanus Gyang, the member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom federal constituency in the Nigerian House of reps last weekend dished out various scholarship packages to seven PhD Students, 13 Master Degree students, four PGD students, one Law School Postgraduate and 275 Undergraduate Students.

At the distribution ceremony in Barkin Ladi, the lawmaker also unveiled a long list of his achievements as a representative. 

See projects and achievement of Rep. I. D. Gyang in 3 years of Representation:


 29TH MAY 2015 TO 29TH MAY 2018.

-Rural Roads were constructed linking the following;
a). Bedurum-Rahai Rural Road.
b). Kwi-Wereng-Jol Rural Road under FERMA.
c). Grading of Rahai-Rabwak road
d). Grading of Rahai-Gashet road.
e). Construction of Box Culvet linking Dyeng-  Bachi.
f). Grading of Rapyam Kungte road.
-Rural Electrication
g). Commencement of electrification of Tapo-Kpang-Tatu in Heipang.

a). Construction of solar powered borehole at Gwakim, Fan.
b). Hand pump borehole at Alese, Fan
c). Hand pump borehole at Ranshok, Fan.
d). Hand pump borehole at Bogoshe, Fan.
e). Hand pump borehole at Tabwang, Heipang.
f). Hand pump borehole at Gassa, Ropp.
e). Hand pump borehole at Takwok Road, B/Ladi Town, Ropp.
f). Hand pump borehole in B/Ladi Town, Ropp.
g). Hand pump borehole at Mazat, Ropp.
h). Hand pump borehole at Bek, Foron.
i). Hand pump borehole at-Kuzet, Foron.

a). Two blocks of six classrooms at GSS Rapyam, Fan completed.
b). Two classrooms at Nyewei, Nding under construction.
c). Two classrooms at Kuzen, Gashish under construction .
d). Three classrooms at Ruku, Gashish under construction.
e). Construction of three classrooms and renovation of seven burnt down classes at Shonong, Bachi has commenced.

a)  Construction of 90 Shop Market at Hoss, Riyom.
b). Construction of 90 Shop Market at Ganawuri.
c). Distribution of Motor Bikes, Sewing Machines, Power Generating Engines, etc

a). Construction of Mobile Police Rapid response and deployment Base, Tahoss, Riyom under the Federal Ministry of Interior, Peace Campaigns.

a). Construction of a Health Centre at Lobiring, Ropp.
b). Construction of Town Hall at Kakpis Foron.

a).Construction of Mini Water Ponds for Irrigation Farming at Woroh.
b). Provision and distribution of Water Pumps to farmers for Irrigation Farming.
c). Provision and distribution of assorted  Fertiliser to farmers.

a). Provision of assorted Food and Relief Materials to IDPs.
b). Initiated the construction of forty (40) Two Bedroom Bungallows to resettle persons displaced by violent attacks at Jol and Rawuru in conjunction with Development Partners.

a). Award of Sholarship to 290 Undergraduate and Postgraduate students in addition to several other intervention and assistance to  students in payment of school and registration fees, exam fees, etc.
b). Sponsored a Medical Doctor to undergo a specialised course abroad.
c).. Provision snd donation of assorted  Text Books to Secondary Schools.
c). Provision of 15 Desk Top Computers to enhance  computer literacy.

a). Sponsored a local talented football player invited by a foreign club.
b). Co-sponsored a Peace Football Tournament with the Special Military Task Force  codenamed Operation Safe Haven involving local teams from B/Ladi and Mangu LGs
c). Provided Track Suits and Jersey to local football teams.
d). Google Digital Skills Training For Youth Empowerment
e). Youth Employment vocational Skills Apprenticeship Scheme under the National Directorate Of Eploynent.
f). Employment generation for 55 youths in different fields and vocation.

a). Recruitment into the Arm Forces, Police, DSS and the Para-Military-
b). CBN,
c) Mainstream Federal Civil Service MDAs,
d) etc.

a). Conducted Constituency wide Peace Rallies along side Malaria eradication campaign.

ID Gyang is also actively involved in Faith based project development


Plateau APC Chair, a Pathological Liar, says Dalung

By Nneka Ikem, SA Media to Barr. Dalung

The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has debunked  allegations by a former APC chairman in Plateau state, Latep Dabang that he has never responded to any invitation to APC party meetings in Plateau state since he became minister.

Barrister Dalung made the statement while describing a story in one of the dailies as falsehood and deceitful.

He said, "The statement credited to Latep is unfortunately not correct because I have attended two party functions in the state when I was invited to attend at the government house in Jos. 

"It is also common knowledge that since I became minister, the party in the state has not extended any invitation to me because according to Latep and Lalong, I am not their candidate for the Ministerial slot and since I am not their nominee, they have nothing to do with me.”

Barrister Dalung recounted that during a scheduled state prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari, Latep declined participation.

"When Mr President was sick and we, Buhari's Friends Network organized a joint Muslim and Christian prayer in Jos, Gov Lalong was informed from the State House  in Abuja and he accepted but when all the friends and supporters of Mr President gathered in Jos, Latep came to the prayer ground and told the gathering that they were Atiku's people and cannot pray for Buhari. The Governor did not show up at the payers neither did any of his EXCO members. If such a person who claims to be a Christian can hate a fellow human being to that extent and refuse to pray for him when he was sick, then what will he not do for his selfish interests?"Dalung queried.

The former gubernatorial candidate of Plateau state however queried the claim of Latep that he is the APC party chairman of the state.

"I do not recognize Latep as a party chairman because there was no Congress where he was elected.

"As a lawyer, the constitution of the party and the guidelines for congresses are very clear.

"If Lalong has bought the whole nomination forms while those who even bought forms were not allowed to participate, then how can I endorse such illegality?

"So, there were no congresses in Plateau state and Latep is not the Chairman of APC in Plateau state. 

"Latep is a chairman of an organization called Vote Lalong Again and not APC Plateau state and should desist from claiming so".

Following allegations of being in Daura during the ward congresses, Barrister Dalung  described Latep as an endorsed liar with a seal.

Dalung said, "Latep is a pathological liar and even in heaven, he will still lie to God because his greed will not allow him to understand the distinction.

"On the day of the purported congress, I was not in Daura with the President as claimed by Latep.

"I was at an international sports event, Okpekpe 10km Road Race where I participated with other government dignitaries. 

"On the day of the aborted state congress in Plateau state, I was in Gazum trying to resolve an ongoing crises which led to the loss of many lives and property.

"I couldn't have been like Lalong and Latep who will dance on the blood of Plateau people with a bottle of champagne because of their political ambition and selfish interests.

"The primary responsibility of every responsible government is to protect the lives and property of its citizens which Lalong's administration has failed to do.

"Since my direct intervention in the crises , peace has returned to Gazum Chiefdom.

"Has Gov Lalong ever visited any crises affected community in Plateau state to directly engage with the people or sympathize with them?

"Governance is neither child's play nor drama but a serious business which Lalong and Latep lack.

"And that is why Plateau state is bleeding. I challenge them to concentrate and deliver the dividends of democracy to Plateau state instead of fanning the embers of discord".

Daffo attacks: Video records emerge suggesting soldiers were complacent

Plateau: "Soldiers were filming us as we helplessly fled during attacks" - Survivors

 A highly emotional  documentary has surfaced online, highlighting the excruciating experiences of victims of the recent Fulani herdsmen attacks in Central Nigeria's Daffo village, Southwest of Plateau State University, Bokkos.

The documentary captures soul touching moments in the lives of the victims as they struggled to escape the horrifying reign of terror on their homes.

It equally presents an agonizing future without any hope for survival despite escaping the attacks, as all the victims' means of survival have been taken away and their children thrown out of school.

In the documentary, the survivors accused the military of filming them on their mobile phones instead of saving them during the attacks of January 24, and March 8, 2018.

Watch video in the link below




Tension grips Plateau village as inside sources reveal fresh areas marked for attack, Tuesday night

There appears to be palpable tension around the border communities of Mangu and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas, Plateau State as fresh Intel suggests possible attack by armed bandits, Tuesday night.

Unconfirmed reports say a soldier was earlier on Tuesday shot dead by unknown gunmen around the communities which include Mangu Halle and Sohon Dorowa villages.

The STF headquarters had however told MKB earlier in the day that it was in pursuit of some suspected cattle rustlers who were believed to be resisting arrest near the border communities.

Contrary reports from local sources however say the location of the said arrest, Rambu village had been under attack since Tuesday, which was reported to the STF.

"The STF sent 10 military vans filled with soldiers but instead of normalcy, the situation has only grown worse," a Reverend in the area said.

The soldiers according to the Pastor were feared to have colluded with the armed bandits to attack the locals.

Two weeks ago, a team of armed men in military uniform were  reportedly sighted taking delivery of what appeared to be arms from a helicopter.

An influential source has however said inside sources among the Fulani residents of the area have revealed plans by top Islamic groups and individuals to wipe out the native communities.

He said the masterminds have deployed special forces from outside the state and equipped them with state-of-the-art equipment to execute the assignment.

Villages marked for possible attack this night according to him are Nding Tsesut, Nafan and parts of Ropp District among others.

Authorities had however not responded to enquiries on the issue as of time of publishing.

FFK Denies Changing Political Party

Former Minister of Aviation and Presidential hopeful, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode says recent reports claiming he has left the PDP for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) are "social-media gossip and fake news put out by disgruntled elements working for the Buhari administration."

A statement by his Special Assistant on Social Media, Bisi Olawunmi says such reports are best ignored and treated with the "contempt that they deserve."

FFK was last week rumoured to have joined the SDP in an attempt to form a coalition against the ruling APC.

UniJos gets 17 new accreditations

The University of Jos has secured full accreditation for 17 of its programmes recently assessed by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The NUC had understaken an Accreditation exercise for 20 Programmes in the University between November and December 2017, authorities say.

Following this, a summary of the results as contained in the Technical Report for the Programmes visited, was communicated to the University through the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako, reports Abdullahi Abdullahi, the institution's Principal Assistant Registrar, Information and Publications.

In a statement, Mr. Abdullahi said the Technical Report signed by the NUC’s Director of Accreditation, Dr. N.B. Saliu determined that the University had a very good performance based on which it was able to secure full accreditation for 17 Programmes out of the 20 Programmes assessed by the team.

The Programmes given full accreditation according to the statement are Guidance and Counselling, English Education, French Education, History Education, Religious Studies, Social Studies, Special Education, Architecture and Building.

Others are Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Geology, Microbiology, Zoology, Geography and Planning as well as Mass Communication.
The three Courses denied accreditation are Industrial Chemistry, Chemistry and Botany.

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Barkin Ladi village, Plateau State currently under attack

Reports coming in say a native village in Fann district, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State is presently under attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Although details of the incident are still sketchy, at least one person has been reported killed in the attack which reportedly began earlier today.

It is however not sure where precisely the attack is said to be ongoing but multiple sources say the affected village is few meters away from Rahei Fann, a community of nearly 1000 people.

While some say it is in Rambu village, other sources say it is in Pagas village.

The two villages are however said to be neighboring each other and have both been under tension since a foiled attack in the area last week.

Sources in the two villages are equally not picking calls, suggesting a likely unrest.

The STF spokesperson, Major Umar Adams,  has however said the conflict might be an exerggeration of issues in the neighborhood.

According to him, some STF personnel had trailed some cattle rustlers to the area who are believed to have been resisting arrest.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Terna and the Plateau State Commissioner for information, Yakubu Dati on the other hand, when contacted pleaded to make enquiries and report back.

Jos: Authorities Neutralize Tension in Farin Gada after Riots

Authorities in Plateau State say yesterday's riots that caused tension in parts of Jos, the State capital have been brought under control.

Riots broke out in the early hours of yesterday following the alleged killing of a 16 year old university of Jos student by suspected ritualists.

The victim identified as Francis Weni was found dead near the Permanent Site of university, with his eyes and private parts cut off, sources say.

The incident sparked serious tension in different parts of the city until Police authorities dispersed the protesters.

"The incident has been brought under control by the police who acted promptly," said the Plateau State Information Commissioner, Yakubu Dati who assured that "Normalcy has since been restored."

It is not known whether any arrest has been made in connection to the killing of the young Mr. Weni.

Cult activities have however increased in recent years around the university, leading to several deaths, sources say.

Two weeks ago, about seven people were killed in a deadly gun battle between two rival cult groups near Farin Gada.

Last week also, one person was reported dead following an attack by suspected cultists in Gada Biyu area, about 2km away from the university.

Police have however not reported any arrest in connection to these crimes.

3 Killed in Plateau as Nigeria Loses N6trn to Fulani Herdsmen Attacks

Two people were on Saturday found dead in Central Nigeria's Nding village of Fan District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State.

The two were ambushed meters away from the settlement when they went to inspect their farms, National House of Representatives member, Istifanus Gyang told MKB.

The victims were gunned down at about 17:00 local time while Mr. Gyang, the member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom constituency at the National Assembly was at a public function in Jos, the state capital, calling for inter-ethnic solidarity among minority tribes for social, economic and political defense.

The attack according to the Plateau State Special Task Force was carried out by unknown gunmen.

Spokesperson of the Task Force, Major Umar Adams told MKB that men of the Force were "immediately mobilised and moved to the scene but the attackers had fled."

He however said the STF was "on top of the situation and effort  to apprehend the perpetrators is ongoing."

Meanwhile, a 15 year old university of Jos student has been reported found dead in Farin Gada, a busy commercial area in the Northern part of Jos.

The deceased whose corpse was reportedly found on Monday with his eyes and private parts removed is believed to have been killed by ritialists.

The incident is said to have sparked violent reactions in the area.

Officials as at publishing time had not confirmed the development.

Nigeria Loses Over N6trn in 5 years - Whistle Nigeria News

An NGO, Rural Counsellors for Christian Churches in Africa (RURCON), said the lingering farmers-herders clashes has claimed the lives of 6,500 Nigerians and displaced 62, 000 between 2010 and 2015 in the middle belt region of the country.

Mr Kenneth Seidu, the organisation’s Peace Building Officer, made the assertion at a two-day dialogue on proffering solutions to the farmers-herders conflicts in Nigeria, in Jos.

According to him, Nigeria also lost $14.7 billion (about N6trn) as a result of the perennial clashes between the two groups.

“The incessant clashes between farmers and herders in all parts of Nigeria has generated severe pain and caused innumerable loss of lives and properties.

“Between 2010 and 2015, Nigeria lost 6,500 citizens, $14.7 billion, and 62, 000 people displaced in a record of 850 perennial clashes between farmers and herders in the middle belt region.

‘This is excusing figures from Boko Haram conflicts and other conflicts in different parts of the country,” He said.

Seidu added that Nigeria has been rated the the third top countries of the world, after Hondura and Mexico, where people are killed at will.

The peace officer also noted with dismay that between May 2015 and January 2017, over eighteen militant groups were formed in Nigeria, making it one of the most unsecured nations of the world.

“At the moment, over 2.6 million Nigerians are displaced. This has made it a country with the highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa and third globally.

“So, this forum is for us as key stakeholders to brainstorm and fashion out possible solutions that will bring lasting peace in this country, ” He added.

In an address of welcome, Mr Sam Ishaya, RURCON’s Executive Director said the workshop aimed at designing effective strategies to address the lingering farmers-herders clashes that has ravaged the nation.

” This burning issue requires a wide-range of multidisciplinary approaches in providing sustainable resolution to the conflicts in Plateau and other parts of the country.

“Parties concerned are aggrieved, issues have been politicused and the blame-game is dominant rather than best possible solutions to the situation

“This suggest why we are here today to put our heads together as critical stakeholders towards finding lasting solutions to the lingering clashes, ” He said.

The workshop was tagged ” Engaging State and Non-State Actors in Promoting Conflict Sensitivity and Do No Harm/Local Capacities for Peaceful Resolution Between Herders-Farmers Conflict in Nigeria “.

The event had participants from government Organisations, NGOs, security agencies, religious and community leaders, among others.

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Killings: M/Belt now has 20,000 widows, orphans, says TEKAN

Published May 21, 2018

Friday Olokor, Jos

About 15 churches in northern Nigeria,  under the aegis of the Tarayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (meaning Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians), have put the number of the people widowed and orphaned as a result of the herdsmen killings in the Middle Belt at 20,000.

TEKAN also backed the recommendation by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), that victims of the attacks by herdsmen should resort to self-defence because the military appeared to have been compromised.

The organisation’s President, Dr. Caleb Ehima, in an interview with THE PUNCH, said, “If these killings by Fulani herdsmen do not stop, it will be tempting defenceless citizens to find a way to defend themselves, even if it means throwing stones at the people who attack them.

“We first of all call on God who has promised to fight our battles. We don’t want to be pushed to go beyond that for Christians to defend themselves. The suggestion by T.Y. Danjuma is not out of point.”

Ehi, who spoke on the outcome of the group’s executive council meeting where major issues affecting the country were discussed, stated, “During the meeting we held in May, we discussed security issues in the country, specifically the rise in the number of widows and orphans because of the killings everywhere and it keeps rising almost on a daily basis.

“I can put it that we have recorded over 10,000 widows because of the activities of Fulani terrorists and for orphans, the figure is also well above 10,000. I know that the Middle Belt is the home of missions and has been subjected to all kinds of crises, which created these orphans and widows. But the whole thing has been heightened by the daily killing of people.

“While we were here in Jos for the EC meeting, a village called Tutua in Taraba State was invaded and people were killed. I’m sure that the number of those killed may be more than the official figure of nine.

“I think that churches have been managing their widows and orphans until these killings by Fulani herdsmen. You can agree with me that the killing is on a daily basis now. That has increased the number of widows and orphans everywhere, especially in the Middle Belt.”

Ehima said that TEKAN leaders were thinking of what to do for the widows to put smiles on their faces.

“We may not be able to meet all the needs of the widows but we must give them a sense of belonging in their crises and difficult experiences. We have to help them and work hard in order not to leave them idle. We want to lift them up, according to biblical injunctions.

“There are schools for widows and orphans, skill acquisition institutions owned by churches and other programmes that are meant to equip them with skills and get them the tools they need to be self-employed,” the TEKAN President added.

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Rep member, ID Gyang Proposes Special Funding for Host Communities of Urban Centres

The member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency at the Nigerian House of Representatives, Istifanus Gyang has proposed the establishment of a special fund to cater for "host communities" of urban centres across the country.

This comes after the Federal Government announced a N10bn special intervention fund for communities affected by violent attacks which Mr. Gyang had advocated.

The latest fund being canvassed by the reps member, somewhat similar to the rebuilding fund approved by the FG seeks to compensate for the "displacements" and "disempowerments" suffered by communities during urban development.

Speaking at a Cultural Festival Organized by the Anaguta nation, a minor ethnic group in Plateau State, ID Gyang as he is fondly called said urban development most times results in the displacement and disempowerment of host communities, thereby diminishing them economically and otherwise.

He said, "Their farmlands and by implication, their economic livelihoods are taken as urbanization sets in, creating socioeconomic disadvantages for them." (Paraphrased).

The special fund according to him therefore would give the host communities a sense of belonging by renewing their socioeconomic performances.

Gyang, who is contesting for the Plateau Northern Senatorial seat come 2019 equally condemned the habit of limiting child births in the name of family planning without considering its sociocultural and political implications.

He therefore advocated for a minimum of five children per family especially amongst minority tribes.

The lawmaker who further called on ethnic minorities to rally around one another as a show of solidarity and appreciation in the face of political competitions pledged to be part of the "solution" seeking process if elected.

Plateau: Hospitals Detain Daffo attack victims over N25m bills, rep member petitions FG over N10bn fund to attacked communities

Some patients admitted after being wounded in the recent Fulani herdsmen attacks in Daffo, Bokkos LGA, Plateau State are currently being detained in various hospitals in Jos over unpaid bills totalling N24m.

The corpse of one Mafulul Sunday, killed in the renewed attack in Daffo on May 1, 2018 is also being detained along with the patients over unpaid N700,000 bills, it was learnt.

Mr. Sunday died last week Friday at Ola hospital while receiving treatment for multiple injuries sustained from gunshots, it was learnt.

Sources say the corpse was billed for burial yesterday, Wednesday but the hospital could not release it for the ritual due to the unpaid bill.

The leadership of Bokkos Local Government Council which had guaranteed the payment of the bills of the patients at Plateau hospital is believed, but not confirmed to be unaware of the Ola hospital situation.

The Councillor of Mayi Ward in Daffo, Danjuma Mabas had reported making efforts to secure the release of the corpse and the patients in other hospitals but could not succeed.

The House of Assembly member representing Bokkos constituency, Hon. Malo Muchen has also said he was not aware of the detention of the corpse.

The other cases in Plateau Specialists  hospital and Bimma hospital are however thought to be known to the government officials.

While the case of the patient in Bimma hospital, Sabon Barki Bukuru, Jos is unsure, that of Plateau hospital is said to have officially been communicated to the Local Government Council by the hospital management.

The Bimma hospital patient is being detained over N400,000 bill while while an unconfirmed number of patients are believed to be owing about N24m to the Plateau Specialists Hospital, Jos.

The N24m bill is however an accumulation of over three years' bills which the Local Government Administration in Bokkos had guaranteed.

An official letter demanding for the payment of the bills is said to have been sent to the LGC this week.

Meanwhile, the member representing Barkin Ladi - Riyom Federal Constituency at the Nigerian House of Representatives, Hon. Istifanus Gyang has called for honesty in the utilization of the N10bn fund approved by the Presidency for the rehabilitation of communities affected by killer herdsmen attacks.

The FG on Tuesday announced the release of the sum of Ten Billion Naira (#10bn) to  rehabilitate, rebuild and secure communities destroyed by herdsmen attacks.

The initiative as announced by Vice President Osinbajo during his visit to IDP camps in Benue State also includes the recovery and return of occupied farmlands to the owners.

Laudable as it is, the next critical issue according to Hon. I.D. Gyang as he is called would be the implementation process, the success of which  he says requires constructive engagement and consultation with the relevant stakeholders in the affected states and communities.

"In Plateau State for instance, Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGs, the very constituency which I represent  have more than 45 destroyed and displaced communities.

"This is in addition to the recent ugly killings and  displacements of Daffo in Bokkos LG and Miango in Bassa LG," he said.

Hon. Gyang however views the N10n fund as a "farcry" from reality in meeting the needs of the humdreds of communities ravaged by attacks.

"Given the massive devastation occasion by the attacks in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Kogi, Southern Kaduna, Zamfara etc, the #10bn is a far cry in meeting the demand on ground.

"To make for the desired impact, the initiative has to be expanded and sustained.

"Doing this will allay fears that the policy was a partisan devise to secure  a return bid and the needed votes for the President in the 2019 elections," the lawmaker stated.

Gyang added that the Presidency must ensure honesty and equity in "rebuilding the affected communities and recover all occupied farmlands across the affected states and in particular, communities in Plateau State that have been in the eye of the storm for over a decade."

Corruption Charges: Sen. Jang remanded in prison as ICPC drops charges against him

A Jos High Court today remanded former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang in Prison.

Jang, a serving Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial Zone in the Senate was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) along with a government cashier, Yusuf Gyang Pam over corruption charges.

Jang was remanded by the Justice Daniel Longji court after the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Crimes Commission dropped its charges against him to avoid "duplication" of charges.

What happened at the court?

Brought in a white Toyota Haice bus and surrounded by EFCC and police operatives, Jang wore a plain white flowing “baban riga”, and cheerfully acknowledged his supporters and well-wishers as they cheered him along.

He arrived the court premises at 9:30am on Wednesday .

Our correspondent reports that Jonah Jang and Yusuf Gyang Pam pleaded not guilty to all the 12 count charge level against them. 

The  charges are on misappropriation, diversion, criminal breach of trust and dishonesty running in billions of Naira.

Lead counsel to Jonah Jang and Yusuf  Pam, Robert Clarke SAN   moved two applications for the bail of the duo on self recognition. 

In a counter affidavit opposing  the application for bail , the lead prosecutor Rotimi Jacobs submitted that not only because of the enormity of the crimes, granting them bail will lead to the intimidation of the prosecuting witnesses.

At approximately 10:30am at the hearing at the Jos High Court, the application was accepted for hearing by the presiding judge, Justice Daniel Longji.

Subsequently, the charges of misappropriation  were read to Senator Jonah Jang and chief cashier Mr Yusuf Pam by the prosecution team (led Rotimi Jacobs) but both pled not guilty to all 12 count charges levelled against them.

Lead counsel to Senator Jonah Jang and Yusuf Pam (Robert Clarke), filed two applications for bail on the premise of self-recognition, but the lead prosecuting counsel (Rotimi Jacobs), argued against bail, saying there was the risk of witness intimidation if bail is granted.

In the end, the bail application was adjourned  and Senator Jang was  remanded in Prison custody  until 24th of May when the case would come up for hearing .

CAN Protests: Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has left no one in doubt where it stands - Christian Youths

The Patriotic Christian Youth of Nigeria (PCYN) has berated the recent press statement by the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Ondo State condemning the nationwide rally held by the Christian Association of Nigeria against ongoing killing of Christians across the country.

The NSCIA had described as "uncalled for, bias and callous" the rally led by the late CAN scribe, Dr. Musa Asake.

It had said that the the protest was segregative in nature, it contradicts divine teachings of obedience to constituted authorities as well as constructive counselling to the people in power.

But the Patriotic Christian Youth of Nigeria (PCYN) in a counter statement said the NSCIA by its statement has left no one in doubt where it stands on the killings.

The statement signed by Evangelist Timothy Nasso the PCYN President on Tuesday questioned the timing and motive of the statement.

The PCYN in the statement said, "The NSCIA Ondo State that has not seen the need to issue any public press statement on the ongoing killings in the country and the maladministration of the present government has the resources to mobilize the press to speak against the harmless protesters who are simply expressing their dissatisfaction against the unabated killings by Islamic terrorists masquerading as Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen all over the country.

"It is so sad and unfortunate that we have no records where NSCIA Ondo spoke truth to power against the ongoing killings, failed promises made by the government to end hunger, improve economic, protect human lives and property, to fight corruption and to respect the Nigeria Constitution as against what is witness; high level of human rights violations, disrespect for Nigerian constitution, Islamic and regional based appointments, employments and developments, yet the NSCIA Ondo has not gotten the courage to speak to power as counselled but rather had enough time and resources to criticize the church leaders who have sacrifice their time, resources, intellect and lives for the peace and development of Nigeria."

"The group has not hidden the fact that they were speaking for a failed government went they were criticizing 16 years of unfortunate and misrule of the opposition, which definitely left no one in doubt as to the angles they were coming from. It is truly the “the skin of Esaw but voice of Jacob”.

The body added that NSCIA was ignorant that the Catholics Bishops it attempted to 'blackmail' were the "very strong Christian group that stood for President Mohammadu Buhari against warning by those who knew what shall come out of Buhari’s led Federal government."

Full text of the statement reads:

No. 8 Gwarinpa Estate, Abuja.08068789870


The Patriotic Christian Youth of Nigeria (PCYN) is deeply saddened with the shocking news of the demise of the General Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Dr Musa Asake. We are deeply touched by the departure of a hero of faith, a faithful, dynamic, charismatic, credible and dependable leader of the church. The gentleman is humble, harmless but fearless, outspoken and willing to sacrifice his life for the faith. We will surely miss Dr Asake and the vacuum created by his departure will hardly be filled. It is our believe that Dr Asake has completed his assignment here on earth and has gone to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. He came, saw and conquered. We condole with the CAN leadership, the TEKAN/ECWA Bloc in CAN and the entire Christendom and all Nigerians for this irreparable loss.

Our attention has been drawn to a press release issued by the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Ondo State on some national dailies and social media with the above stated subject matter. The statement “condemned in the strongest term the public protest against what it described as killings of Christians in the country organized by Christian Association of Nigeria Ondo State Branch as orchestrated by its national leadership.” They went further to say that the protest was uncalled for, bias and callous. That the protest was segregative in nature, it contradicts divine teachings of obedience to constituted authorities as well as constructive counselling to the people in power. The statement also questioned the fact that Christian are the most affected by the killings in the country and stated that Christians never supported the election bid of the present government.

Ordinarily, such press statement does not deserve any response from an organized institution like ours because one will not expect self-centered and sponsors of daily killings of Nigerians to be sad that lives are lost or having any feeling and sympathy for the crying victims but the fact that there are ignorant Nigerians who take seriously any document they read on news, we wish to make the following response.

But for the name of the organization NSCIA and the person who signed the document, we would have said that this statement is one of those rantings of Boko Haram leaders from the hidings. The NSCIA Ondo State that has not seen the need to issue any public press statement on the ongoing killings in the country and the maladministration of the present government has the resources to mobilize the press to speak against the harmless protesters who are simply expressing their dissatisfaction against the unabated killings by Islamic terrorists masquerading as Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen all over the country.

It is so sad and unfortunate that we have no records where NSCIA Ondo spoke truth to power against the ongoing killings, failed promises made by the government to end hunger, improve economic, protect human lives and property, to fight corruption and to respect the Nigeria Constitution as against what is witness; high level of human rights violations, disrespect for Nigerian constitution, Islamic and regional based appointments, employments and developments, yet the NSCIA Ondo has not gotten the courage to speak to power as counselled but rather had enough time and resources to criticize the church leaders who have sacrifice their time, resources, intellect and lives for the peace and development of Nigeria.

The group has not hidden the fact that they were speaking for a failed government went they were criticizing 16 years of unfortunate and misrule of the opposition, which definitely left no one in doubt as to the angles they were coming from. It is truly the “the skin of Esaw but voice of Jacob”. The NSCIA were ignorant that the Catholics Bishops they attempted to blackmail were the very strong Christian group that stood for President Mohammadu Buhari against warning by those who knew what shall come out of Buhari’s led Federal government.

As an organization, we stand strongly with Christian Association of Nigeria for the declaration of the protest against the killings and bloodlettings in the nation. We commend the effort of the Ondo State CAN Chairman for mobilizing the church well in his state. We encourage the church to go beyond road side protest to ensuring that individual Christians and innocent Nigerians go all out to defend themselves in the face of the ongoing unprovoked attacks.

The mere mention of Papa Ayo’s aircraft issue which has since been clarified by both government and the aircraft company that hired his plane confirmed the evil behind their publication. For the avoidance of doubt and the sake of  some ignorant persons, Pastor Oritsejafor has an aircraft as any individual who own aircraft, the aircraft was leased to an airline operating company for business. The aircraft was hired from the airline company for the South African trip. How is Papa Ayo supposed to know that the plane was hired or the purpose for which it was hired? It’s like asking the landlord to account for the activities of his tenant. But evil and mischief makers will want him to know and account for the plane he is no longer in charge. 

Papa Ayo is a highly respected Nigerian who has paid his dues both in the church and nation building. Beside the fact that Pastor Ayo has given the Nigerian Church the needed voice when he was Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) President, he has also provided relief materials to both Christians and Muslims that have been affected by poverty and the ongoing violence attacks in Nigeria. He has donated cars, motor cycles, sawing and grading machines and have done a large empowerment programmes that have alleviated the suffering of Nigerians irrespective of their faith and religion. We challenge the evil-minded group and religious bigots walking under NSCIA Ondo State to mention their religious leaders that have done half of what Pastor Ayo has done to the down trodden Nigerians.  We are sure it is never their interest to talk about peace and the good part of church leaders and Nigerians.

The NSCIA should names their readers who have clean hands and have taken any practical step to stop the ongoing killings and destruction of lives and properties in Nigeria then we shall show them the most corrupt persons who are destroying our nation Nigeria.  We wish the self-righteous NSCIA Ondo tells us about the 700 million Naira personal House that was bought for the Sultan with state funds. They should tell us the justification of the appointments of a particular ethnic group as heads of the security services in Nigeria and those behind the popular outcry against NNPC awards of Billions of Naira contracts without due process.

Any person that frown against those protesting the unending killings in Nigeria most be part of the conspiracy of the killings. From every indication, the NSCIA Ondo does not want the killings stopped since it’s an orchestrated jihad against the church.

The present government has not hidden the fact that they know the sponsors of the killers when they negotiated with them leading to the released of some notorious Boko Haram and the Dapchi girls with the exception of the only Christian girls;Leah Sharibu.  The NSCIA’s attempt to defend the ineptitude of the Buhari’s led Federal Government to take decisive measures to curb the killings in Nigeria is very unfortunate and unbecoming of a group that parades itself as religious.  The press statement to say the least is demonic, satanic, anti-human and blood testy. It is coming from a group one can best described as the open sponsors of jihadists in Nigeria.

We are aware that President Mohammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto have not hidden their roles as Patrons of the killers’ herdsmen (Fulani).  If the NSCIA Ondo associates the CAN to the Islamic Jihadists; killers Boko Haram and Herdsmen they should tell the nation the Christian Community that were part of those Boko Harams released by President Buhari’s government or those he promised amnesty to.  The NSCIA Ondo state are highly mischievous, callous, blood testy and never wish that the killings of Christians and innocent Nigerians end, hence their anger as to why the Christians are protesting and attracting the attention of the international communities that the killings be stopped.

We are aware of the relentless effort some of these demonic, so called Islamic leaders are making to have respected Christian leaders who are providing voices against the ongoing killings arrested and incarcerated. The God of Christian is a living God, He fight against Pharaoh of Egypt and can always remove whoever He so wishes.

We encourage CAN and Christian leaders at all levels not to relent in their effort to serve as the salt and light of the world at all times despite the antics of  enemies of the Cross.

Evangelist Timothy Nasso
14th May, 2018

Same Sex Marriage: Kenyan Rights Organization, CitizenGO Hails President Kenyatta for Defending Natural Family

A Kenyan human rights organization, CitizenGO has launched a campaign to appreciate the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenya Film Classification Board for defending the family.

The organization on its website is requesting signature pledges to congratulate the President for standing up against "attacks" on the family.

A communication to its online circles by Ann Kioko on behalf of the "entire CitizenGO" team says Kenya has been a great target by LGBT activists and cultural imperialists for quite a while now.

The full text of the communication reads:

The president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta has though stood on his ground severally and rejected this kind of attack on the family. Recently in London, he told the very liberal CNN that Kenyans and Kenya's culture as a whole doesn't allow some of these western behaviours. He also rightly told the host Christine Amanpour that homosexuality is not an issue in the country compared to other pressing issues like developement and growth of Kenya's economy.

Applaud Kenya for telling off western imperialists here by signing here: http://www.citizengo.org/en-us/fm/161378-applause-kenya-standing-natural-family

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta being interviewed by the liberal Christine Amanpour

 In 2014, the president told off the then exporter of LGBT and abortion, president Obama Hussein when he tried to push for homosexuality in a joint press conference in Kenya's state house. Kenya's current presidency has refused to give in to pressure to allow western agenda that is not healthy to the African family.

Applaud Kenya for telling off western imperialists here by signing here: http://www.citizengo.org/en-us/fm/161378-applause-kenya-standing-natural-family


 Through the very supportive Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Kenya also banned a premiere lesbian oriented film that was to be aired on Kenyan TV. The film chirstened as 'Rafiki' for friend  has received liberal support and will first air in the very liberal market of LGBT called Cannes. It is no surprise, but the good thing is that the moral corrupting film will not be aired on any Kenyan TV channel. KFCB has been very grounded on defending the Kenyan family and this is the third TV content they are banning in less than a year.


Ezekiel Mutua CEO of Kenya Film Classification Board has banned all anti-family content in Kenya TV and has sworn to resign than see immoral content being aired 

Applaud Kenya for telling off western imperialists here by signing here: http://www.citizengo.org/en-us/fm/161378-applause-kenya-standing-natural-family

Elsewhere in Ghana, the president of Ghana has followed the foot steps of President Kenyatta by rejecting the push to review family laws in Africa. We continue supporting African leaders who stand on their grounds for the family.

She refused to convert to Islam, 84 days on, kidnapped schoolgirl Leah Sharibu remains in captivity

By Chika Oduah for CNN

Updated at 1311 GMT (2111 HKT) May 15, 2018

Rebecca  Sharibu holds up a photograph that shows her daughter Leah, seated on the left in a black shirt. Leah was kidnapped in February 2018 from her school in the town of Dapchi in northern Nigeria by members of the terrorist organization Boko Haram. Photo by Chika Oduah. April 2018.
Rebecca Sharibu holds up a photograph that shows her daughter Leah, seated on the left in a black shirt. Leah was kidnapped in February 2018 from her school in the town of Dapchi in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram. Photo by Chika Oduah. April 2018.
Dapchi, Nigeria (CNN) — Under normal circumstances, Leah Sharibu would have shared a special birthday meal with her family under the bamboo covering protecting them from the Sahara desert dust swirling around them at their home in northeast Nigeria.
At some point during the celebration, they would have bowed their heads in prayer, asking God to bless Leah on her birthday and to make her dreams come true.
But this birthday, her 15th, was different and her family spent the day crying and fervently praying. They don't know where she is.
Leah was one of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by members of the terrorist group Boko Haram in February from their school in Dapchi, in northeast Nigeria.
All the other kidnapped schoolgirls from Dapchi have been freed -- except Leah who her friends say refused to renounce her Christian faith to Boko Haram.

Kidnapping of schoolgirls

Boko Haram has become notorious for kidnapping young men and women during their nine-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria.
The terror group has kidnapped more than 1,000 children in the country, famously kidnapping nearly 300 Chibok schoolgirls four years ago.
More than 100 of the Chibok girls remain in captivity.
Thousands of parents whose children have been taken by Boko Haram never see their children again.

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But the Dapchi kidnapping proved to be an exception. In a highly unusual move, the militants returned the schoolgirls in March to their hometown after negotiations with the Nigerian government.
The terrorists reportedly told parents, as they returned the hostages, not to allow their daughters to go back to school. They said, "boko is haram" (loosely translated as Western education is forbidden).

'She refused to convert to Islam'

Rebecca, Leah's mother, recalled how the overjoyed parents celebrated the sudden and unexpected return of their daughters after one month away.
Rebecca, 45 said she waited patiently as each parent was reunited with their daughter.
It suddenly dawned on her that Leah was not among the group of girls released. "Where is Leah?" she asked anxiously. One of the freed girls told her that Leah had been left behind.
"She refused to convert to Islam," another told her.
That was the moment Rebecca's world came crashing down around her. She collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.
Even now, her health problems persist.

Visit to Dapchi

Ten days ago, I visited Rebecca in Dapchi. No other journalist had ever come to see Rebecca, so she was surprised when I showed up at her doorstep and even more surprised when she learned I had traveled more than 2,000 miles from Senegal to see her.
The mother of missing Dapchi schoolgirl Leah Sharibu
Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of kidnapped Dapchi girl Leah Sharibu.
We exchanged pleasantries as I set up my camera. She sat on a low wooden stump. A young woman could be heard in the back pounding yam in a mortar, she had a baby tightly strapped to her back with a colorful cloth.
It is obvious from looking at Rebecca that she is still not fully healthy, physically nor mentally.
Her eyes were in a daze, surrounded by drooping skin and deeply-etched lines. Her breaths came in haggard waves. She twisted the corners of her mouth downwards in a permanent frown.
Slowly, she began to speak. "They said she should turn to Muslim before she enter motor and then she said she would never do that," she told me, looking down at one of Leah's photos.
She describes Leah as hardworking and quiet, a girl who enjoyed going to church. She sang in the choir. The local pastor, Daniel Auta, said Leah had a beautiful voice, soft and melodic.
"When my daughter comes back, I will not allow her to go to that school again," Rebecca said.
The girls high school in Dapchi is not far from Rebecca's home. Outside the campus, soldiers are posted at the main gate and members of a volunteer vigilante force posted at the other.
On the day the abduction happened, there was no security at the gate.
The school recently opened again but none of the abducted Dapchi girls have resumed their education, although 20 of them were given scholarships to a neighboring private school in partnership with UNICEF.

Broken windows

The Dapchi school was established nearly 40 years ago. The classrooms are in poor shape, with gaping holes in the tiled floors and broken windows everywhere. There's not much running water and the dorms where the female students live don't even have beds.
It is hard to comprehend that more than 900 young girls were learning in these dire conditions.
Rebecca said no official from the Nigerian government has even visited her.
"Only Christian organizations have been coming to see us. No one from government. We are on our own," she said.
In April, the Nigerian government said a disagreement between members of Boko Haram had caused a breakdown in negotiation talks for the release of remaining schoolgirls in the group's captivity.
At the far end of the bungalow is Leah's bedroom. The empty room is a painful reminder and casts a dark shadow as the family walk past it daily for the past 84 days.
Leah's brother, Nathaniel junior, came to sit beside his mother.
Together, they sat in silence, wondering if they would ever see Leah again.