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Nigeria’s Retrogressive Anti-Gay Law By Abiodun Ladepo.


By Abiodun Ladepo

This past Wednesday, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan elevated crassness and primitiveness to the highest level imaginable by signing into law a bill banning homosexuality in Nigeria.  I deliberately crafted the previous sentence so unambiguously.  He did not just ban homosexual marriage; he banned homosexuality as a whole!  Perhaps if the law had only stopped at “persons who enter into a same-sex marriage contract or civil union commit an offence and are each liable on conviction to a term of 14 years in prison,” one might not feel so much outrage.  But it went on to state that “any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organizations or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a term of 10 years in prison”!  In essence, only heterosexuals are allowed to hold hands in public, sit on each other’s lap, hump each other while dancing in clubs or kiss publicly.  What, in the name of God, just happened to Nigeria?

Let me state upfront that I am a Straight (heterosexual) guy who is happily married to a beautiful woman.  So, this write-up is not about me or my sexual preference.  It is about Nigeria’s lack of originality and lack of creative instincts.  We the people, along with our leaders, fail to do the deep thinking, the due diligence, in many respects that will take our country farther and more quickly than we have hitherto done.  Lethargy is irredeemably ingrained in our psyche.  Otherwise, how does being openly gay draw our country back?  We already have thousands of gay people in our midst!  How does their gayness prevent those of us who are not gay from going about our businesses?

This law assumes that the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community just arrived in Nigeria yesterday.  No, the LGBT has been with us since, at least, when I was a young boy over 50 years ago.  I recall growing up in (yes) Zaria, Kaduna State, of all places, and going to watch evening dances of members of the LGBT.  We used to call them “Dandaudu.”  We, the kids, used to marvel at their public display of amorous acts.  This was in the early 60s.  They were not hidden behind the walls of any clubs in the middle of the night; they danced in open spaces and in early evenings.  I have also personally witnessed “Dandaudus” doing their dances in Bukuru, Jos, Bauchi and Maiduguri in the 70s.  And if you lived in the hostel during your secondary school years, don’t tell me that you did not catch a few of your guy friends “doing it.”  I have heard from some of my secondary school female friends of the sexual trysts that went on in their hostel.  Let’s not even talk about what happens in the dorms of our universities.  So, why are we just now finding out that their presence in our midst is anathema and antithetical to our moral fiber?

Reuben Abati, that formerly celebrated anti-bad government champion, who is now a turncoat and who I now detest with so much passion, defended the law with the pedestrian argument that since 90 percent of Nigerians were opposed to same-sex marriage, “…the law is in line with our cultural and religious beliefs.”   Ninety percent?  First, how did we come up with that percentage?  When did we poll the country to ascertain that 90 percent of our people oppose same-sex marriage?  And even if they do, what right does the majority have to trample on the basic right of the minority – the fundamental human right to freedom of association?  What right does the majority have to deprive the minority of having sex with whomever it wants as long as it is consensual?  The worst that the Nigerian government should have been able to do should have been the denial of official recognition of such a union. But to criminalize it is akin to despotism, especially in a democratic dispensation.

And by the way, since when has this government or any past Nigerian government taken a decision in favor of an issue perceived to have received the support of the majority of Nigerians?  Don’t 90 percent of our people support the removal or Stella Oduah as Aviation minister, Diezani Madueke as Petroleum minister and Reuben Abati as adviser?  Don’t 90 percent of our people support the banning of government officials, especially the President, from seeking medical attention abroad until our medical facilities and personnel are of the same standard as those they use when they go abroad?  Don’t 90 percent of our people support the supply of 24/7 uninterrupted electricity to all corners of Nigeria?  Don’t 90 percent of our people support the revamping, rejuvenating and reinvigorating of the EFCC so it can better fight corruption?  Don’t 90 percent of our people support a massive overhaul of our educational infrastructures from elementary all the way to university systems?  Don’t 90 percent of our people oppose the blocking of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway by mega-churches and mega-mosques?  Have our lawmakers crafted any laws that criminalize the failure by government to do the things mentioned above?  No.  But these nosey people are eager to get into the bedrooms of Nigerians.

I find this homophobic inclination that is so rampant in our country as yet another example of religious zealotry and self-righteousness that have been the bane of our society.  Everybody is stampeding and trampling each other today in their quest to out-do one another as they condemn homosexuality.  But we will find out one day – tomorrow maybe –  just as we have found out in Europe and America that even family members of influential government officials can be (and are indeed) gay!  In fact, we will soon find out that membership in the LGBT community cuts across all spectra of our society – from the ranks of elected politicians, to traditional rulers, military officers, police officers, teachers, technocrats, pastors, imams, babalawos, traders and what not.  And what are we going to do when we find out that one of these influential people whom we had thought was heterosexual was indeed bisexual?  Would we throw OBJ or IBB or GEJ or Mama Iyabo or Dame Patience or any of their children into 14 years of prison terms if any of them turns out to be gay? What would we do when we discover that Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye or his wife, Folu do engage in homosexual acts (with other partners, of course)?  What about Sheik Muhammad Yahaya Sanni and his many wives?  Are we going to give them immunity against prosecution?

This is why I stated earlier that our leaders did not subject this law to a rigorous and intellectual discuss before allowing their emotion, religion and communal bandwagon mentality to overtake their sense of reason.  Before the bill was adopted by the Senate in 2011, a few Nigerian members of the LGBT community, supported by some civil rights activists, appeared before the Senate to argue against enacting such a law.  The lawmakers and religious zealots in the chambers of the Senate booed and heckled these gay folks till they cried and left in disgrace.  Among the booing and heckling crowd were men who maintain two, three, four or more wives – wives who are subjugated, mentally and are physically abused.  Among this crowd were women who cheat on their husbands with their pastors and imams to the extent of making babies out-of-wedlock while their husbands thought the babies were theirs.  These people, in my opinion, lack the moral right to tell a gay man or woman whom to love and whom to cavort with in public.

Believe me, gays are the least of Nigeria’s problems.  Graft in high places, greed in high places, hired assassination, kidnapping, murder, armed robbery, neglect of rural areas, neglect of urban areas, lack of functioning basic amenities like electricity, water, hospitals, education, transportation, youth unemployment – all take precedence over what my neighbor is doing in his/her bedroom.  I am ashamed that my leaders do not see this.

And I get it. I get the fact that Nigeria is a deeply religious country.  Even if I wonder how truly religious we are when we watch our religious leaders steal from the religious houses and sexually abuse the laity; even if I sometimes wonder why our religious leaders live in obscene opulence while they watch their followers wallow in abject poverty, I still get the fact that Nigeria is a deeply religious country.  It is the reason why an issue such as gay rights should have been thoroughly debated intellectually.  I hope the passing of this primitive and retrogressive law begins the rigorous discussion of how we allow members of the LGBT to bask in their rightful sense of belonging.  We should lead Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leon, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia out of the comity of nations still wedded to the archaic tradition of segregating their own people on the basis of sexual preferences.

We should join South Africa, Zaire, Congo, Gabon, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Mali (yes, Chad, Niger and Mali), Burkina Faso, Benin Republic, Cote D’Ivoire and Guinea Bissau in the comity of nations that embrace the diversity of their people’s sexual preferences and have legislated to protect the rights of their LGBT people.

By Abiodun Ladepo

Los Angeles, California, USA

Oluyole2@yahoo.com

 

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Pastor Overcomes Personal Tragedy to Help Needy Children.


 

Operation Holiday Hope
Operation Holiday Hope will reach nearly 150,000 children in the U.S. and around the world this Christmas season. (Courtesy of Metro World Child)

Metro World Child announced Wednesday the launch of Operation Holiday Hope, the international humanitarian organization’s annual campaign to provide Christmas gifts to inner-city children in need.

Through donations of just $10 per child, Operation Holiday Hope will reach nearly 150,000 children in the U.S. and around the world, providing need-based gifts alongside a message of salvation and love.

“Far too many children in New York City and in urban centers around the globe are facing the challenges of poverty, abuse, violence and hopelessness,” says pastor Bill Wilson, founder of Metro World Child. “Giving a child a gift at Christmas—whether it’s a new, wrapped toy or a much-needed hot meal—lets a child know he or she is loved and that there is hope for a brighter future.”

Metro World Child is a faith-based organization that serves nearly 100,000 inner-city children each week with after-school programs, Sunday school services, child sponsorship, personal home visits and special programs like Operation Holiday Hope. The organization is committed to providing hope and building futures for children living in adverse conditions around the world, helping them find a new path through the life-changing love of Christ.

With Operation Holiday Hope, children receive a need-based gift after attending a fun, interactive Sundayschool program. Among the more than 121,000 children who received gifts last year were 35,000 children living in New York City’s poorest neighborhoods, who received a new, wrapped toy. For many children, it was the only Christmas gift they received. In other parts of the world, gifts take the form of hot meals where children are hungry or warm socks and boots where winter temperatures are below freezing.

In the past four years, Metro World Child has provided nearly a 1/2 million gifts through Operation Holiday Hope, reaching children in India, Kenya, New York, Philippines,Romania, Somalia and South Africa. As the Operation Holiday Hope 2013 fundraising effort gets underway, Metro World Child asks supporters to visit its website, operationholidayhope.org to donate and help the organization reach even more children this year.

Samantha Lewthwaite: Is White Widow a Terrorist or Doting Mom?.


New photos have emerged of Samantha Lewthwaite, which paint the so-called “White Widow” not as a deadly terrorist but as a doting mother.

The pictures show Lewthwaite, 29, cuddling with her baby daughter Surajah in 2010. The child is believed to have been fathered by Abdi Wahid, a former Navy officer who reportedly defected to the al-Qaida-linked, Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabab in 2007.

Other photos include Lewthwaite at home with her other three children. Her two oldest were from her marriage to suicide-bomber Germaine Lindsay, who killed 26 people when he blew up a London subway train in a 2005 coordinated terror attack.

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The identity of the father of the White Widow’s third child — a son born in 2009 — is unknown, according to The Telegraph

Lewthwaite was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Aylesbury, a London suburb. She reportedly converted to Islam when she was a teenager, and is one of the top suspected al-Shabab terrorists.

Rumors swirled last month that she was involved in the Westgate mall attack in Kenya after an intelligence officer and two soldiers told reporters that one of the militants was a white British woman, but police have yet to officially link her to the massacre.

International counterterrorism officials have reportedly been searching for the White Widow ever since 2011, when bomb-making materials were found during a raid on her Mombasa, Kenya, apartment. She disappeared before the search.

Last month, Interpol issued an international red notice on Lewthwaite. 

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By Alexandra Ward

Chilling CNN Video: Jihadists Shown Killing, Praying at Kenya Mall.


Chilling closed-circuit surveillance footage obtained by CNN shows a squad of four jihadist killers nonchalantly strolling through Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, gunning people down, marching hostages through a store, and stopping to pray and chat on their cell phones at the start of last month’s terror siege in Kenya.
The silent footage is from Sept. 21, the first day of the four-day-long crisis in which at least 67 people were killed and many more injured.
It shows gun-wielding terrorists striding through the mall and appearing to shoot at anything that moved, while some terrified shoppers try to conceal themselves behind cash registers. Others race out of the store in an effort to escape.
Inside a supermarket, two armed men are walking and firing their guns. A wounded man, lying on the floor and covered with blood, can be seen desperately trying to crawl his way to safety.
One of the gunmen returned to finish him off.
The attackers are shown searching for surveillance cameras on the ceiling. They pray for long stretches of time and talk on cell phones — authorities believe the gunmen were speaking to an offsite terrorist commander overseeing the attack.
Two other gunmen can be seen walking through the outside parking lot and opening fire, with some shoppers hit by bullets and others trying to hide under cars.
Eventually, the parking-lot gunmen joined the pair inside the mall in rounding up hostages. A woman with three children is seen walking past cash registers. They are followed by a teenage girl with bloody clothing; she is being directed by one of the gunmen.
The disturbing three-minute, twenty-second video shown by CNN comes from a part of the mall near the supermarket. Such stories “repeated themselves in various places at the mall, which has more than 80 stores,” according to CNN.
It is also unclear whether the four gunmen shown in the video are dead or in custody. Kenyan authorities have provided many contradictory accounts of the attack, including the number of attackers and their fates.

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By Joel Himelfarb

African Migrants Risk Lives to Flee War, Persecution.


African migrants killed
At least 232 migrants were killed after their boat caught fire last week. Hundreds more are still missing. (Noborder network/Flickr/Creative Commons)

The latest tragic incident of hundreds of African migrants drowning in European waters tells a wider story.

Scratch beneath the surface and for many of the migrants, their stories are not only of wanting a better life. Often they will be of fleeing persecution or conflict at home, and paying their life savings to smugglers who promise their passage to the safety of European shores.

The sinking of a boat carrying around 500 migrants Thursday, killing at least 232 of them, is the latest in a long line of accidents in which vulnerable migrants pay with their lives after the failure of vessels often described as “unseaworthy.”

Father Mussie Zerai, chairman of the Habeshia Agency, which works on behalf of these migrants, says he believes the majority of those involved in last’s week’s shipwreck were Christians.

“I look at the list of the survivors and 90 percent is Christian,” he said. “They are coming from Eritrea and Ethiopia. The situation is very bad because politically in Eritrea there is a dictator and they live without any type of freedom or democracy. Many Christians are persecuted because of their faith. It’s not easy for them to live in Eritrea at this moment.”

An Ethiopian migrant who survived the same crossing hit the European media last year when five human rights groups wrote a letter to the Netherlands then-minister of immigration and asylum affairs, to plead for him to be given the right to remain.

Abu Kurke Kebato, in his early 20s, was one of only nine survivors in a boat carrying 72, which had left Libya, only to languish at sea for two weeks before drifting back to Libyan shores.

Kurke Kebato told the BBC that he had then been arrested by the Libyan authorities while “on his way to church” after his arrival back in Libya.

“Upon his forced return to Libya in 2010, Mr. Kurke Kebato was then detained for eight months during which time he alleges he was subjected to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” wrote the five human rights organizations.

He then made a second attempt to reach Europe, with his wife, and this time they were successful. However, the couple were set to be deported from the Netherlands until human rights organizations intervened. He now lives there and says he is “happy in a democracy.”

The U.N. High Commission for Refugees’ Adrian Edwards agrees that many migrants seem to have little choice but to flee their home countries when it becomes a matter of life and death.

“You have to think of the tragedy that lies behind this, which is that many of these people are likely to have been fleeing war, fleeing persecution, fleeing human rights abuses in their own countries, so this is a tremendous tragedy of multiple layers,” he told the BBC.

The ship had traveled from Libya, but many of its passengers had already traveled a great distance in their quest to reach Europe. According to the U.N., most of the passengers on the boat—which sank nearby the island of Lampedusa off the coast of Italy—were from Eritrea and Somalia, about 2,000 miles from Libya’s coast.

The number of immigrants dying while attempting to reach Europe’s borders in the last 25 years has risen to almost 20,000.

Pope Francis, whose first official visit was to the island in July to witness the mass migrant arrivals, condemned “global indifference” to the plight of immigrants, and said the incident was an “outrage,” calling Friday a “day of tears.”

Figures from the U.N. say 3,000 people try to flee Eritrea each month, while human rights groups have said the country is becoming a giant jail, with estimates of around 10,000 political prisoners.

Somalia, meanwhile, has been ravaged by two decades of war and large parts of it are under the control of Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

More than 30,000 immigrants have journeyed to Italy by sea so far this year, including 7,500 each from Eritrea and Syria and 3,000 from Somalia, according to the U.N.

Zerai says the international community must do more. Granting asylum to a few is not enough, he says.

“All mass media, all international organizations and civic society need to push the international community to do something to change the situation,” he told World Watch Monitor. “In Eritrea, even in Ethiopia, we need more freedom, democracy and peace. That is the solution. We can give them asylum, but that is not the solution.”

In May, World Watch Monitor reported that religious persecution in Eritrea is at its “highest ever level and getting worse,” according to Christian charity Open Doors International.

The number of Christians incarcerated in Eritrea because of their faith is thought to be around 1,200, according to the charity, although some estimates claim the figure is as high as 3,000.

Eritrea is ranked 10th on the World Watch List, which ranks the 50 countries in which Christians are most under pressure for their faith.

“When Christians [in Eritrea] are discovered, they are arrested and held in shipping containers in military camps. At least 105 Christians were arrested in 2012, and 31 Christians were reported to have died in prison,” the World Watch List reports.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

World Watch Monitor

Kenya Westgate attack: Inter-faith prayers for victims.


A woman prays inside a church during a prayer for victims of Westgate shopping centre - Nairobi 29 September 2013Prayer services were also held in Sunday for Westgate victims

Kenya’s top Christian, Hindu and Muslim clerics have led a multi-faith prayer service for the victims of the Westgate mall attack.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga attended the prayers.

Religion had been used to try and divide Kenyans but faith had instead united them, Mr Kenyatta told mourners.

Officials say 67 people died after militants from Somalia‘s al-Shabab stormed the mall on 21 September.

On Monday, Kenyan MPs called for camps for Somali refugees in the country to close in the wake of the siege.

Al-Shabab, a Somali Islamist group, said the attack was in retaliation for Kenya’s military involvement in Somalia.

Nairobi‘s Asian Muslim community join hands for a human chain around the Westgate mall

Kenya is host to the largest refugee camp in the world, Dadaab – home to about half a million people – near the Somali border, while it is believed that more than 30,000 Somali refugees live in Nairobi alone.

‘United in prayer’The prayers were hosted by Kenya’s Inter-Religious Council with clerics from different faiths, who sat together on a stage facing the congregation, calling for national unity, reconciliation and healing.

During the service in the capital, Nairobi, Bishop Gerry Kibarabara asked the congregation to stand, shake hands and say “peace”.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta

The prayers were broadcast live on all national television stations, with private broadcaster NTV labelling the transmission “United in Prayer” along with the hashtag #WeAreOne, which some Kenyans have been using on social media in response to the attack.

Adan Wachu, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims, said: “Islam is not terrorism and terrorism is not Islam. Islam is peace.”

Another religious leader said that religion had been “misused” and the intention of the clerics on the Inter-Religious Council was to eliminate such “misconceptions”.

President Kenyatta praised the clerics for organising the prayers, which showed that “tolerance and mutual understanding are the cement holding” Kenyans together.

Faith “is one thing in 100 different languages, that’s why faith unites us”, he said.

A giraffe eats a food pellet from the mouth of a foreign visitor at the Giraffe Centre, in the Karen neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya Monday 30 September 2013Raila Odinga urged tourists not to be put off visiting Kenya

He ended the service by saying that if al-Shabab fighters thought the Westgate attack would make Kenya withdraw its troops from Somalia, they were mistaken.

“Let me remind them that… for over 20 years as Somalis fought Somalis, all Kenya did was to offer refuge to citizens who fled,” he said, mentioning Dadaab.

“We went there to help them bring order in their own nation and will stay there until [we do], we will not be intimidated.”

ApplauseThere were lighter moments during the long service – one cleric gave thanks Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku for giving information “whether true or false”.

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Kenya: Major attacks

  • 1998: US embassy in Nairobi bombed, killing 224 people – one of al-Qaeda’s first international attacks
  • 2002: Attack on Israeli-owned hotel near Mombasa kills 10 Kenyans. Simultaneous rocket attack on an Israeli airliner fails
  • 2011: Suspected al-Shabab militants raid Kenyan coastal resorts and a refugee camp, targeting and kidnapping foreigners
  • 2011: Kenya sends troops into Somalia to tackle al-Shabab
  • 2011-13: Numerous grenade attacks near Somali border and in Nairobi

Another cleric tried several times to interrupt the police band in a long rendition of a composition by Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina.

In his speech, Mr Odinga set out various reforms that should be made to intelligence and security operations, such as background checks for those who buy or rent property.

The congregation clapped when he reiterated that tourists should not be dissuaded from visiting Kenya and cheered and laughed when he said politicians of all divides should pull together at this time – using a family house as metaphor.

“At this time the enemy has made his way up to the bedroom and he must be kicked out before we can get back to business as usual,” he said in KiSwahili to applause.

Five militants were killed by security forces during the four-day siege, while nine people are in custody after being arrested in connection with the attacks, the authorities say.

On Monday, the Kenyan Red Cross said the number of missing after the Westgate shopping centre attack had dropped to 39 from an initial figure of 61.

Fourteen of the missing have been found alive and seven bodies have been identified, it said.

About 4,000 Kenyan troops were sent to Somalia in October 2011 to help pro-government forces end two decades of violence, with clan-based warlords and Islamist militants all battling for control of the country.

Al-Shabab is banned as a terrorist group by both the US and the UK and is believed to have between 7,000 and 9,000 fighters.

Its members are fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia.

Graphic: Final phase

Source: BBC NEWS.

Police in Nigeria may have let Kenya Terrorist go after taking bribe.


 

White Widow

Indications have emerged that Samantha Lewthwaite, the British widow known as “White Widow” accused of masterminding the terrorist attack on Kenyan shopping mall in which over 60 people were killed, was in Nigeria and evaded detection, according to a report in the UK-based newspaper, Daily Mirror.

 

According to the newspaper, “In Nigeria, where police forces are notoriously corrupt, there were reports that she (Lewthwaite) was almost caught a while ago, but she bribed her way out of trouble.”

The full report read: “If White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite is on the run she will be hard to catch. If a Lewthwaite were to be on the run in Kenya, Nigeria or Somalia, it would be a easier to evade detection than in Europe.

“She would be wearing a veil, and sensitivities about searching Muslim women would be observed so she could easily slip through difficult checkpoints.
“In Nigeria, where police forces are notoriously corrupt, there were reports she was almost caught a while ago, but she bribed her way out of trouble,” the news report said.
“Extremist communities such as al-Shabaab are tight-knit in these countries, making it difficult to recruit agents to penetrate them and trace her.

“And Lewthwaite may hold a great deal of power as a special kind of jihadist, having proved her worth in previous attacks.

“As a white convert mum and widow of a 7/7 bomber, she would be invaluable propaganda and would command huge loyalty.

“Also, the austere nature of her adopted culture means she would rarely go out, so there would be few opportunities to follow her.

“Bounties have failed to nail jihadists as money has no value to individuals loyal to the cause.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Ambassador to Kenya, Ambassador Akin Oyateru, yesterday confirmed that no Nigerian citizen was affected in the terrorist attacks or involved with the terrorists in the Westgate Shopping Mall attacks which ended Tuesday after a four-day siege.

“We have gone through the list with a fine tooth comb and found no Nigerian name among the dead or the injured,” Oyateru told journalists.

The ambassador recalled that at the time the siege started, most members of the Nigerian community were attending a pan-Nigerian meeting at a hotel in the central part of the city.

“The meeting was immediately secured and the Nigerians given security briefing,” he disclosed.

Oyateru, however, expressed Nigeria’s condolences to the government and people of Kenya.

He called on the Nigerian community in Kenya to heed to the calls for blood donations for the injured and also contribute to the relief efforts in whatever way they could.

The Nigerian Mission in Nairobi, he disclosed, has already donated a modest sum of money to assist towards relief efforts, he said.

“Neither the Kenyan or Nigerian government or any other government would succumb to blackmail. These are people feeding on the Fun of violence, they have no cause, they just indulge in mindless killings,” he said.

He appealed to the public to always be vigilant and report suspicious activities to security agencies.

“Terrorism is a transnational problem that confronts all nations and everyone has to work together to combat this. Kenya has responded that it will not pull out of Somalia, it will stay for as long as it is required,” Oyateru said.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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