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A few weeks ago over 200 school girls were taken from a small village in Nigeria.

The 223 girls aged between 12 and 15 were sitting their final exams in Chibook, located in the northeastern region of the West Africa country, when a group of abductors stormed the building whilst they slept and kidnapped them. The group claiming responsibility were the Boko Haram, whose name translates as “western education is forbidden” and have ties to al Qaeda affiliates.

Under fire for lack of action, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was forced to defend himself over accusations the government initially ignored the crisis and then later downplayed the abduction of the girls;

“The President and the government (are) not taking this as easy as people all over the world think,” Doyin Okupe, a spokesman for Jonathan told CNN.

“We’ve done a lot – but we are not talking about it. We’re not Americans. We’re not showing people, you know, but it does not mean that we are not doing something.”

But after 3 fruitless weeks of searching, western reinforcements had to be called in. President Obama and secretary of state John Kerry sent a team to help with the search — a move supported by the Nigerian President - but received heavy criticism for the exponential amount of time the U.S. government took to intervene.

So long in fact, there are reports another mass abduction has taken place, sparking the #BringBackOurGirls campaign on Twitter. More than 355,000 people to date have signed a change.org petition, that calls upon the world to act to save the girls, including law makers and U.N members. Above are just a few of the celebrity’s said to be supporting the movement.

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Professor Achebe Rejects CFR Award Offer By President Jonathan

Renowned Nigerian literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe, has for the second time in seven years rejected an offer of a National Honor by the Nigerian government. 

Professor Achebe, globally recognized as one of the world’s most outstanding novelists and intellectuals, rejected the “national honor” in a terse statement.

In a statement today, he said: “The reasons for rejecting the offer when it was first made have not been addressed let alone solved. It is inappropriate to offer it again to me. I must therefore regretfully decline the offer again.”

Two days ago, SaharaReporters reported that with only a few days to the investiture, the nominee had not even been contacted about it by the government.

SaharaReporters has learned that the Nigerian ambassador to the US, Professor Ade Adefuye, received the message from Professor Achebe last night.

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Boko Haram ‘getting weaker every day’, says Nigeria president | AFP

The Nigerian president has said the military hopes to recapture towns seized by Boko Haram within a month, in what would be a swift victory after six years of bloody conflict.

But experts warned against any premature declaration of victory, with the militants still proving capable of carrying out deadly hit-and-run strikes and indications of coalition lapses.

Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election on 28 March, said Boko Haram was “getting weaker and weaker every day”. he told the BBC: “I’m very hopeful that it will not take us more than a month to recover old territories that hitherto have been in their hands.”

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8 More Nigerian Girls Abducted Allegedly By Boko Haram

More Nigerian schoolgirls have been kidnapped allegedly by members of Boko Haram. The girls are from the ages of 12 to 15 years were taken from the Nigerian village of Warabe, According to the police, the eight girls were taken away overnight on trucks, along with looted livestock and food.

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In behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to express my empathy with the Government and people of the State Israel on the abduction of three teenage Israeli students. Given Nigeria’s experience with the scourge of terrorism, I assure you that we are in solidarity with you, as we believe that any act of terrorism against any nation or group is an act against our common humanity. We unequivocally condemn this dastardly act and demand that the children are released unconditionally by their abductors.
—  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a letter today from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in which the latter – on behalf of himself and the Nigerian people – condemns the abduction of the three youths and demands their unconditional release.
Etcetera Warns President Jonathan To Leave Entertainers Alone

Etcetera Warns President Jonathan To Leave Entertainers Alone

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Etcetera Warns President Jonathan To Leave Entertainers Alone

The controversial singer and writer, Etcetera is warning our President Jonathan To leave entertainers He’s taking a massive shot at President Goodluck Jonathan with his post.

Read his full commentary below;

Once again, Nollywood and President Jonathan are disconnected from the priorities of Nigerians. Millions are hungry and the…

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Michelle Obama 'outraged' over Nigeria kidnapped girls
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama took the rare step of delivering her husband President Barack Obama’s weekly radio address on Saturday to express outrage over the kidnapping of some 200 girls in Nigeria last month. "Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night," Mrs. Obama said in the address. "This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education - grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls." Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday he believed the girls, abducted by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, were still in his country. The United States offered this week to send a team of experts to Nigeria to support the government’s response effort, which has been criticized for being slow.
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Jonathan Sacks EFCC Chair, Waziri

President Goodluck  Jonathan has removed the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Mrs. Farida Waziri.

Her removal was contained in a three-paragraph statement signed by Jonathan’s spokesperson, Dr. Reuben Abati in Abuja on Wednesday morning.
 
Jonathan named Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde as the Acting Chairman/Chief Executive of the lame duck commission.
 
Larmode was among the effective team of the former chairman of the commission, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu.

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President Jonathan’s Delegation To Brazil Is World’s Largest, At 116!

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As Nigerians lament the abrupt departure of President Goodluck Jonathan for Brazil in the middle of violence and counter-violence in the North, SaharaReporters has gathered that the Nigerian ruler arrived at his destination with 116 men and women, the largest national delegation, contrary to his pledge in January to travel at less weight and expense.
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Nigeria Set To Get First Female Chief Justice

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By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigeria is on the threshold of having its first female Chief Justice. President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated Justice Alooma Muktar to assume the premier position as Chief Justice of Nigeria’s Supreme Court.

Earlier today, President Jonathan forwarded Justice Muktar’s name to the Senate for confirmation as the successor to Justice Dahiru Musdapher, who is due to retire at the end of July, 2012.
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Jonathan's Brazil Junket A Show of "Irresponsible Executive Aloofness," CPC Says

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Goodluck Jonathan and wife Patience arriving Rio today

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has condemned President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to jet out to the United Nations’ Earth Summit in Brazil in view of the insecurity and violence at home, describing it as “irresponsible executive aloofness.”   

Drawing attention to the eruption of violence in parts of Kaduna and Yobe States in the past few days, including subsequent reprisal attacks that have led to a death toll of about 74, CPC said this was not the time for frivolous travels by the country’s leader. 

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Home » News & Reports » News News and Reports US Government Dismisses Nigeria’s War Against Corruption As Hot Air

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US Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

By SaharaReporters, New York

The United States has again dismissed Nigeria’s anti-corruption efforts as mere talk, describing the Goodluck Jonathan era as one in which the government is not implementing the law, and officials engage in corrupt practices with impunity.

“Massive, widespread, and pervasive corruption affected all levels of government and the security forces,” it said of Nigeria in its 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which was submitted to Congress by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The department submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations Member States to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974.

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