Monthly Archives: February 2015
YAOUNDE – Thousands of Cameroonian youths have held what they describe as a patriotic march in support of their military fighting against the Boko Haram insurgency in the north of the Central African state. The march was organized by several journalists who have been reporting on the war on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria.
The youths marched through the streets of Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, carrying high the flags of Cameroon and Chad; the two countries that have deployed troops to join the Nigerian army in fighting Boko Haram. Journalist Guibal Gatama of Cameroon’s L’oeil de Sahel newspaper, main organizer of the event, told VOA that the patriotic march was a sign of solidarity for the millions of people suffering as a result of Boko Haram terrorism.
He says it is very important for Cameroonians to come out as a sign of solidarity for the 150,000 internally displaced people, for the 200,000 Nigerian refugees and the 170 schools that have been closed. He says he is optimistic that the military will be galvanized and that he is sure Boko Haram has gotten the message that the people are united against them.
Journalist Ndi Eugene Ndi says the solidarity march was also to discourage Cameroonian youths from joining the terrorist group.
“I came out to show solidarity with my brothers and sisters in the north [of Cameroon] who are suffering from the onslaughts of the Boko Haram insurgents,” he said. “I came out also to show to the military that we are one, we are together. We may not have guns to join them in the north but they should know that we have them at heart, we are praying for them, we are supporting them. I am convinced that coming out like this, they will be galvanized.”
Many youth associations from the 10 regions of Cameroon sent representatives to the event. Buma Yvonne, who lost his younger brother in the war, says the march showed how much Cameroonians stand by those who are sacrificing their lives to defend the nation from Boko Haram.
“You never know the importance of peace until it is disturbed, so seeing our children, our brothers, our parents giving their lives up there [in northern Cameroon], giving their lives for our sake, it is important, very very important to come out to show our support for them,” said Buma Yvonne.
Cameroon has lost about 200 of its soldiers since the country’s president, Paul Biya, declared war on the Nigerian terrorist group last year.
Des inspecteurs généraux à la DGSN ont rappelé jeudi les consignes strictes du chef du corps en faveur de la transparence.
L’anonymat : du début à la fin du processus! Tel est le sacro-saint principe de la série de concours que la délégation générale à la Sûreté nationale lance à partir de demain. Tous les indices pouvant permettre de reconnaître les candidats ont été codifiés. Tout ou presque est crypté : de l’identification jusqu’aux salles d’examen. Et c’est cet anonymat qui fait la particularité des concours de cette année. Pas de noms sur les feuilles de composition. Le numéro de table du candidat, porté sur une étiquette et collé sur la feuille de composition est enlevé à la fin de l’épreuve pour être remplacé par un code barre renfermant tous les renseignements du postulant.
Jeudi, dans la salle de conférence de l’Ecole de police, des inspecteurs généraux à la délégation générale à la Sûreté nationale (DGSN), Jean Marie Mvogo et Pierre Marie Ngouanom ont réuni les policiers impliqués dans ce concours pour rappeler les consignes de Martin Mbarga Nguélé, leur patron. Elles portent aussi sur les heures d’arrivée dans les sous-centres, les modalités d’entrer dans les salles d’examen, le traitement des cas litigieux, la réaction en cas de fraudes, etc.
Les sous-centres seront ouverts à 6h30, les surveillants y sont attendus à 7h et les épreuves sont lancées à 8h. Quinze minutes de retard sont tolérées, pas plus. Trois surveillants seront affectés par salle de classe dont deux policiers et un enseignant. Les candidats n’entrent en salle qu’après appel de leurs noms et vérification de leur identité. Des salles pour les cas litigieux sont prévues et ces cas ont été clairement énoncés : les retardataires, les candidats ayant le récépissé de dépôt de dossier et dont les noms ne figurent pas sur la liste, les candidats dont les noms figurent sur les listes et ayant perdu le récépissé, ceux qui n’ont pas pu terminer le processus de validation de dossier dont les noms ont été enregistrés par la DGSN. Tous les cahiers de composition et les brouillons portent le cachet de la DGSN.
La présentation des cartes nationales d’identité ou les récépissés est obligatoire. Les cas de fraudes sont sanctionnés par deux procédures selon la gravité : soit une expulsion du sous-centre d’examen lorsqu’il s’agit de la communication entre candidats, échange de brouillon, déplacement sans autorisation. La sanction est pénale lorsque le candidat est surpris avec des fascicules ou corrigé d’épreuve, l’usurpation d’identité. Le cas échéant, la police judiciaire est saisie.
Ces consignes ont été rassemblées dans un document et remis à chaque examinateur. Le concours des élèves commissaires de police qui commence demain inaugurera leur application. 5 500 candidats sont attendus demain pour 100 places disponibles dont 75 pour le concours direct et 25 pour les spécialistes. Pour ce concours là, Yaoundé est le centre unique d’examen avec trois sous-centres : lycée général Leclerc, lycée de Ngoa-Ekelle, lycée technique commercial.
Above is a photo of Captain Mbene Matute, the most senior Cameroonian army officer on the frontline was killed during a battle with Boko Haram members on Wednesday Feb 25th. He was killed after the vehicle he was riding in with other colleagues struck a landmine, blowing up the vehicle. It happened in Gamboru, a Nigerian town. He and another soldier died in the incident.
Under the glare of the Saharan sun, a U.S. special forces trainer corrects the aim of a Chadian soldier as he takes cover behind a Toyota pick-up and fires at a target with his AK47 — a drill that could soon save his life. Chad is sending hundreds of troops to fight Boko Haram in neighboring Nigeria as part of a regional offensive against the Islamist group, which killed an estimated 10,000 people last year in a campaign to carve an Islamic emirate from the north of Africa’s largest oil producer.
Fifa says it will not pay compensation to clubs and leagues unhappy about plans to play the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December.
It also said no apology was necessary for the scheduling of the tournament, which will disrupt a number of leagues.
A Fifa taskforce has recommended the 2022 World Cup take place in winter to avoid Qatar’s hot summer temperatures.
“There will be no compensation,” said Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke. “There are seven years to reorganise.”
Fifa’s executive committee will meet in Zurich next month to ratify the taskforce’s recommendation.
Valcke also suggested that a 2022 World Cup final on 23 December was looking increasingly likely.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says a final that close to Christmas will cause havoc with the traditional festive club programme, while Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce wants it played a week earlier.
But Valcke says European governing body Uefa and other confederations are keen on Friday, 23 December, although 18 December is also a possibility.
Valcke also confirmed the 2022 World Cup will be four days shorter as a “concession” to leagues and clubs – 28 days instead of the usual 31 or 32 – and that the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will move to June from January.
‘It’s not perfect, we know that’
Speaking at a news conference in Doha on Wednesday, Valcke admitted the situation was “not perfect” but added: “Why are we talking about compensation? It’s happening once, we’re not destroying football.
“Why should we apologise to the clubs? We have had an agreement with the clubs that they are part of the beneficiaries. It was $40m (£26m) in 2010 and $70m (£45m) in 2014. We are bringing all our people to enjoy the sporting and financial results of the World Cup.”
‘Clearly there will be fixture challenges’
Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has added his voice to those lamenting the impact a winter World Cup will have on leagues and clubs around the world.
“We will look at the knock-on effects of the decision and how it will affect Scottish football,” he said. “Clearly there will be fixture challenges for leagues across the world.
“We have been expecting this decision for some time, but it is going to run late into December and just how close to Christmas it gets is something that needs to be thought through.”
‘Keep disruption to an absolute minimum’
The Football League’s chief executive Shaun Harvey: “We are disappointed by this recommendation as we could have reasonably expected the tournament to be played at the end of our 2021/22 season given that was the basis upon which the tender process was conducted.
“Clearly, there will be any number of questions to raise with Fifa once the final decision is confirmed so that we can discuss the practical implications with our clubs and other stakeholders in order to keep any fixture disruption to an absolute minimum.”
(Business in Cameroon) – Domestic gas consumption in Cameroon rose from 60,000 to 90,000 metric tonnes from 2013 to 2014 according to Malloum Bra, depot chief with Société camerounaise des dépôts pétroliers (SCDP), the country’s main oil product storage facility. Bra indicates that this growth in consumption represents a 14% increase in one year.
This increase in domestic gas usage, for which the average rate of 9% was significantly surpassed last year, is a good sign in the fight against deforestation which normally occurred due to wood being used as fuel in homes in some parts of the country.
Domestic gas is also a good alternative to using lamp oil.
Au Tchad, l’armée tchadienne indique avoir été attaquée mardi sur ses positions par les islamistes de Boko Haram près de Gambaru en territoire nigérian.
Une attaque qui a provoqué une contre-offensive dont le bilan est lourd si l’on en croit l’armée tchadienne.
Selon des sources militaires contactées sur la ligne de front, ce sont les islamistes qui ont attaqué en premier les positions de l’armée tchadienne, non loin de Gambaru, près de la frontière camerounaise. Les Tchadiens ont répliqué et ont poursuivi leurs assaillants jusque dans une localité située en pleine forêt et distante de Gambaru.
Les combats, très violents selon les sources de RFI, auraient duré plusieurs heures. Les premiers bilans donnent 207 islamistes tués, un soldat tchadien tué et neuf autres blessés.
L’armée tchadienne affirme aussi avoir détruit treize pick-up et des dizaines de motos qui ont servi à l’attaque. Toujours selon l’armée, une auto-mitrailleuse légère de marque française équipée d’un émetteur-récepteur et des mitraillettes ont été récupérées sur l’ennemi, ainsi que plusieurs kalachnikovs et des munitions.
All right, it might not start until 2016, these things can be awfully hard to predict exactly. However, surprising as it may seem, one way or another the end of ISIS is in sight, and it’s all resting securely in the hands of Jesus, peace be upon him.
There has been a great deal of mainstream media attention lately, both video and print, regarding the fact that ISIS is recruiting based on the promise that their fighters are actually participating in the rapidly approaching end of the world.
At the same time, mainstream orthodox Muslim websites are already predicting Jesus’ return as early as 2022, starting an Islamic prophetic clock set to run over the next 7 years, in the purportedly rapidly approaching run-up to Armageddon.
The good news is that even if they’re wrong, those claims ISIS is making about their own role in Islamic end-time prophecy spell their own certain end. Because even though ISIS claims they’re fighting on the side of the angels, it’s obvious they’re not, and it should become progressively clearer to even the most misguided Jihadi that either ISIS is wrong about Armageddon or that they’re on the wrong side, because of all the things Muslims know are supposed to happen.
And if it turns out they’re right, then we can all rest assured that by the time the dust has finally settled there will be no question left about who’s side they are really on, because it’s all going to be about Jesus.
Frankly, although I’d like to believe the orthodox predictions are correct, I think they’re premature, and that ISIS is crazy-stupid. We had a very informative event up here in Calgary last month hosted by the US State Department, where Dr. Michael Ryan of the Middle East Institute shared his valuable insights into ISIS’ recruiting strategy. We learned that ISIS actually complains in their internal communiqués about their difficulty recruiting informed Muslims, because “Islam makes them tend towards life and their community”. They find more success attracting Muslims they call “losers” — ignorant about their Islamic faith and marginalized by drugs, alcoholism, crime, mental illness or recent life-changing events. That’s not the sort of Muslim you would expect to know much about the religion, or to make good life — or end-of-life — choices either. Given that, I think we can discount their validity of their “good-guy” claims, even despite their despicable and deplorable actions which should in themselves be sufficient.
But even if we considered that they might be right about the impending apocalypse, what sort of events should the next few years bring according to confirmed Islamic eschatology?
First, the Euphrates River should soon be uncovering a mountain of gold, with the Arabian Peninsula becoming filled with meadows and rivers.
Then, some Muslims throughout the world will be inexplicably transformed into apes and pigs because of their attempts to make lawful some rather significant major sins. Personally, I think that one’s aimed squarely at al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabab and ISIS and their associates, and their rather liberal views regarding murder, tumult, oppression and slavery.
Then shortly thereafter you can expect the coming of the Mahdi, his uncovering of the Ark of the Covenant and his evangelism of a significant proportion of the world’s Jews, who will wake up and realize that they shouldn’t be ignoring and allowing Israel’s oppressing Muslims and Christians in Palestine.
Then, you will see the coming of al-Masih ad-Dajjal –the false Messiah or anti-Christ– the descent of ‘Isa ibn Maryam [‘alayhis-salam] –that’s Jesus– and his defeat of the anti-Christ followed by the coming of Ya’juj and Ma’juj –Gog and Magog–,followed by:
The rising of the sun from the west
The appearance of the Beast of the Earth
The wind that will take the souls of the believers
The ruin of al-Madinah –Medina–
The destruction of the Ka’bah –Mecca– by the Abyssinians
And the fire that will come from the Yemen to gather the people in Sham before the coming of Judgement Day.
I think you’ll all have to admit, that’s a lot to pack into the next seven years and it’s going to be hard to miss.
And with that 7 year clock running, if it all doesn’t start happening soon, you can expect to see ISIS supporters starting to slip away.
But if it does come true, what sort of a man is the Mahdi supposed to be? Muslim prophecies are actually frighteningly clear, and do seem to predict the current state of affairs in the Levant, hold out hope for the rest of us and promise an end to ISIS.
At the end of time, a severe tribulation will descend upon my Ummah from their ruler. A worse tribulation will not have been heard of before, until the earth’s expanse is constricted upon them, and until the earth is filled with tyranny and oppression, so that the mu’min will find no refuge from the oppression.
Then, Allah [‘azza wa-jall] will send a man from my descendents who will fill the earth with equity and justice as it had been filled with oppression and tyranny. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth will be pleased with him. The earth will not withhold any of its growth, but will bring it out, neither will the sky withhold a drop, but Allah will pour it out upon them in showers. He will live among them for seven years, or eight, or nine. The living will wish that the dead were brought to life again to witness the great good that Allah brought about for the people of the earth.
There will be at the end of time a trial that will sort out men as gold is sorted out from metal. So do not revile the people of Sham, but revile their evil ones, for among them are the Abdal [great righteous people]. A flood is about to be released upon the people of Sham that will split their unity, so that even if foxes attack them, they would defeat them.
At that time, a man from my household will come out with three banners. The one who estimates highly will say that they are fifteen thousand. And the one who estimates lower will say that they are twelve thousand. Their sign will be: “Amit, amit [kill, kill].” They will meet in battle seven banners, and under each of those banners will be a man seeking the kingdom. Allah will kill all of them, and restore to the Muslims their unity and bounty, and their far ones and near ones.
And what about Jesus? Even though Muslims and Christians disagree about what he is, with Christians claiming he’s God and Muslims declaring he’s not, everybody agrees about what sort of a person he was, is and will be: a man who fulfilled the Jewish Covenant and taught benevolent compassion to his followers, his example remaining a source of hope and inspiration to all humankind for the rest of time.
Can anyone conceive that that person –or Person– when he –or He– descends to lead us, could conceivably countenance the despicable and deplorable acts of ISIS?
God Forbid, it could never happen, not even if the world ends tomorrow or lasts for another thousand years.
Bottom line, I have served God and loved Jesus my entire life, and I followed Jesus into Islam when I realized I became a worse man by worshipping Him and a better man by following him. And my greatest hope for today is that Muslims and Christians are all starting to look forward to his return, because regardless of when that happens his example and his words can guide all of us to a better place together, with the help of God.
Because regardless of what the next years bring or which faith we follow, we are all waking up and realizing that we all need Jesus, peace be upon him.
Praise God/Alhamdulillah, Amen.
Capture Shekau alive, military orders soldiers
Generals now lead battle against insurgents amid arms’ arrival
…Huge weapons seized in Baga
BY DORIS OBINNA
As part of the ongoing onslaught against Boko Haram in the North-East, the military has issued an order for the capture of anybody who bears the name, Imam Abubakar Shekau.
About two years ago, the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the North East had declared that Shekau, the Boko Haram leader, had died from injuries sustained in a gun battle. However, Boko Haram had released a video, where Shekau denied being dead. Also, the militant group has released several video clips, where Shekau made statements on insurgents’ activities.
PRNigeria quoted military sources as saying that following recent successes recorded in the war against Boko Haram, Nigerian troops have been instructed to capture Shekau, who is believed to be looking for ways to escape. It was gathered that soldiers were instructed to capture Shekau alive at all costs, so that he would face justice.
The sources revealed that the military had killed two people claiming to be Shekau, after which another person looking like him would surface, claiming to be the Boko Haram leader. The capture of Shekau, it was learnt, would end the drama of impersonation.
In a related development, the military has received more sophisticated arms to confront Boko Haram. Also, senior military officers, especially of the rank of General, are now leading the war against insurgents. These, it was gathered, have boosted troops’ morale.
Daily Sun gathered that the military has also changed strategies, which resulted in the recent successes against insurgents, with the support of troops from Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics.
Last week, massive onslaught against Boko Haram led to the recapture of Monguno, Marte, Gamboru Ngala and Dikwa, among other big towns and surrounding communities in Borno State earlier under the control of insurgents.
On the last ditch operation to rout Boko Haram, a military source said: “With the acquisition of new equipment from various sources and the specialised training of the troops on guerrilla warfare, the military indirectly called the bluff of some deceptive Western countries who are now trying to save face by claiming to work with our neighbours.
“The effective collaboration and mutual relationship with our neighbours is paying off, as they now realise that inactions can pose disasters to their countries too.”
Meanwhile, basking in the euphoria of their recapture of Baga, the military has recovered large cache of arms, as soldiers search houses in the community. The military on Saturday routed Boko Haram in Baga and recaptured the community, where insurgents held sway for many months.
Revealing the result of the cordon and search in Baga, Major General Chris Olukolade, Director, Defence Information, in a statement released yesterday, said soldiers continued to discover “more arms of various background and shapes abandoned in some houses and the surroundings by fleeing terrorists.”
According to him, “heaps of weapons, most of which were strange looking or destroyed are still being gathered. Many abandoned or destroyed motorcycles have also been discovered.”
On the casualty suffered, he stated that a soldier was stabbed while another was shot “during a close quarter battle, which ensued as troops involved in cordon and search caught up with some of the fleeing terrorists yesterday evening.”
He revealed that a number of individuals who claimed to be residents were being interrogated to ascertain their identities and motives.
On the reaction of Baga residents, he stated: “The group consisting mostly women continued to hail and cheer the troops, as they conduct thorough search in the area. Wanting to be sure the group was not working for the terrorists despite the excitement, they had to be placed under watch.” General Olukolade said the cordon, search and patrol of Baga would continue, “while the offensive on terrorists is progressing in other areas of the theater of the counter-terrorist campaign.”
The Nigerian army has retaken the north-eastern town of Baga, held by Boko Haram militants since 3 January.
In a tweet from its official account, the army said that “mopping up” operations were continuing.
It also claimed in a separate statement that it had killed many Boko Haram militants, though this has not been independently verified.
Nigeria says 150 people died when Boko Haram took Baga and nearby Doron Baga, but locals said up to 2,000 died.
Residents were left largely undefended as the military deserted when the jihadists attacked the towns.
This time, the army claims it was the militants who fled, with some drowning in Lake Chad as they tried to escape the aerial bombardment.
It added that 1,000 mines had been laid in Baga which soldiers had to negotiate before entering.
The BBC’s Will Ross in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, say other sources have confirmed that Boko Haram no longer control Baga.
The massacre there is regarded as the worst attack of Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency. Thousands fled across Lake Chad when the assault began and have since taken refuge in Chad.
Boko Haram, which controls of much of Nigeria’s north-east, has killed thousands of people in its drive to establish an Islamic state.
In recent months it has also carried out cross-border raids in neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, attacking villages and military bases.
All three countries have joined Nigeria to form a military coalition against the Islamist militants.
It is not yet clear whether other armies were involved in the recapture of Baga. However, the Chadian army spokesperson said there had been no involvement from his country’s troops.
Chad has been carrying out attacks against Boko Haram deep inside Nigeria.
The Nigerian army has been criticised by its failure to tackle the militant group, although it has recaptured some territory in recent weeks.
Last week, Nigeria retook the north-eastern towns of Monguno and Marte from the group.
Earlier this month, presidential elections were delayed for six weeks over security concerns.
The electoral commission said it made the decision after the security agencies advised there would not be enough troops available to guarantee the safety of voters.
President Goodluck Jonathan says the election will take place on 28 March. However, critics loyal to the opposition say they fear Mr Jonathan, who is running for a second term, will use the delay to hold on to power.
The election is seen as the most closely fought since the end of military rule in 1999.